SongVault Artist Profile
Co Kildare, Ireland
Folk Rock / Acoustic Blues
Hickey‘s second album showcases his canny way with words and melody” Colm O Hare, Hot Press Magazine
Paul Hickey was the front man with 1980’s Dublin band “The Alsatians” whose song
“5 Honours and a 175” on the Libra label remains a classic
The group disbanded in 1986 following several successful years gigging major venues at the time including McGonagles, the TV Club, Liberty Hall, Cork City Hall and a stand out performance on the same bill as U2, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, Paul Brady and Clannad in Punchestown.
Solo stints followed as Paul guested with Mary Coughlan, Scullion and others. Delving back in to band life Paul went on to form “Keep The Faith”, a band laden with traditional influences and “The Critters”, a country rock band.
Coolhouse is Paul’s second album. Hot Press Magazine’s Colm O Hare enthused: “Hickey’s second solo album showcases his canny way with words and melody. The jaunty title track is the clear highlight, but songs like “Heuston Station” and “Live Before You Die” are well worth hearing.”
Coolhouse is available on Paul’s website www.paulhickeymusic.com. Individual tracks are also available for download from Paul’s music page on www.indie911.com
“The title track of Irishman Paul Hickey’s second album is a fine thing conjuring up images of a hot sweaty evening in a cool bar with a hot sweaty lover.” Jeremy Searle Americana-Uk.com.
The album was produced by Frankie Lane and features the outstanding musicianship of Frankie, himself, together with Paul Kelly (violin, banjo and mandolin) and Tom Courtney on drums. It, also, features the superb duo Sue Jefferson and Lou Holden of “Choral Sex” on backing vocals.
As Paul, himself, articulates: “Coolhouse came into being after almost 2 years of immense care and consideration. I wanted to present the 12 songs in the best way possible to excite the listener.”
Paul will be gigging extensively throughout Ireland in 2007. Check his website for further details.