Paul Brady

Paul Brady

Kyle Alden

Sunday, November 8th

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$26 adv / $30 door

Kyle Alden
Kyle Alden is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter/guitarist best known for his award winning folk music settings of W.B. Yeats' poetry. With roots in the San Francisco Irish music community, Kyle has played guitar accompaniment for top Irish musicians (including Liz Carroll, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Randal Bays, Athena Tergis, Todd Denman, Tommy Peoples, Gearoid O'hAllmhurain and Paddy Keenan) in concerts, dances and sessions, performing on stages from Palm Springs to Portland, from Denver to Honolulu.

Kyle has been writing and performing original songs since the early eighties, as bass player for ironic punk outfit The Young Republicans, who played the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, and the old Sleeping Lady, Fairfax. Currently Kyle performs solo and with a talented band featuring Robert Powell, guitar; Scott Thunes, bass and Eddie Berman, drums. "You could call his music Americana, though Californiana might be a more accurate label", says London-based journalist Bob Johnstone. "Kyle has long since absorbed and assimilated his sources, and given them his own, distinctive twist". These are, "well-crafted songs, with catchy tunes, sung in a gentle, plaintive voice ", that evokes Canadian songsters such as Ron Sexsmith and Neil Young. Kyle recently played the Hawkswell Theater and the Lunasa Festival, Sligo and the Jack of Diamonds Festival, Dublin.

Also active in traditional-based acoustic music, Kyle plays with Irish/Americana combo The Mild Colonial Boys (Rory McNamara, vocals and guitar; John Caulfield, vocals, fiddle and mandolin), and traditional Irish band The Gas Men. He recently toured in Ireland and the U.S. with Co. Clare singer/concertina player Ann Droney Kirrane and Co. Galway box player Gerry Hanley.