Billyâ€™s second album 'Iâ€™ll See You Tonight in My Dreams' was launched at the BrÃº BorÃº in 2004, and 'Irish Music Magazine's' reviewer Nicky Rossiter writes, "The voice is mellow, the arrangements beautifully simple and the lyrics are excellent. Billy is another one of those treasures of the music scene...This CD bears multiple and close listening...In fact it has hardly left the CD player since I got it...a talent to watch out for". 'Country Music People' magazine's reviewer Al Moir writes, "Billy O'Dwyer is from the Emerald Isle and possesses a pronounced Irish brogue that is wholly absorbing. He has written all the material and proves to be a good storyteller...O'Dwyer is a word painter and his uncomplicated yet catchy melodies serve as a solid vehicle for his lyrics."
Billy, who has been writing songs for many years, cites his influences as ranging from Irish songwriters such as Percy French, Johnny McEvoy, and Christy Moore to country folk legends such as Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Johnny Cash. Billyâ€™s own music is of a country folk style with a traditional flavour.
Having supported many established singer/songwriters including Shane MacGowan and the Popes, Mick Hanley, Donovan, John Spillane and Freddie White, Billy also performed at the opening of the CD Launch of Mickey MacConnell and John B. Keaneâ€™s album in Listowel, and as an invited artist at the Sean Dunne Literary Festival in Waterford. Billy performed the opening for the Tipperary Excel/Tipperary Midwest Radio First Annual Music Awards. His new CD 'Iâ€™ll See You Tonight in My Dreams' was chosen as â€˜Featured Album of the Weekâ€™ on Tipperary Midwest Radio.
Both of Billy's albums are self-releases, and he is currently working on his third album.
The following is a review that was printed in the September 2005 issue of 'Country Music People' magazine (UK)-(reviewer: Al Moir).
'Iâ€™ll See You Tonight in My Dreams'
'Baby, Thatâ€™s The Way Life Goes'/'Cold Lonely Walls'/'The Ballad Of Alan Bannister'/'The Bumblebee'/'The Cry'/'Itâ€™s Just You'/'Funny'/'You Donâ€™t Own My Mind'/'Iâ€™ll See You Tonight In My Dreams'/'The Prayer'
Producers: Billy Oâ€™Dwyer, Karen Colbert & Eamon Quinlan
Self release KB002 (48:27)
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Singer-songwriter Billy Oâ€™Dwyer is from the Emerald Isle and possesses a pronounced Irish brogue that is wholly absorbing. He has written all the material and proves to be a good storyteller, with several of his compositions being dark and brooding.
'Cold Lonely Walls' tells of a beautiful and proud woman who is left desolate following the death of her lover. 'The Ballad of Alan Bannister' is a searing indictment of the American justice system: the songâ€™s subject was found guilty of murdering an alleged drug baron in 1982 and sentenced to death. Like Caryl Chessman, Karla Faye, and others before him, he spent 15 years on Death Row before being executed in 1997. His death caused considerable controversy and Oâ€™Dwyer tells the story lucidly with more than a small measure of anger and bitterness.
'The Cry' is another tragic story of sudden death within a family, possibly the suicide of a young person, and the anguish and pain felt by the father hits home forcefully.
Billy Oâ€™Dwyer is new to me, but I would hazard a guess that he has listened to the likes of John Prine and Kris Kristofferson. Certainly Prine could have written and recorded 'Funny' without his fans questioning the authorship, whilst echoes of Kristoffersonâ€™s writing style are apparent in at least two songs, 'You Donâ€™t Own My Mind' and the title track.
Itâ€™s not all downbeat, though, and the light-hearted 'Bumblebee' certainly left me with a smile on my face.
Oâ€™Dwyer is a word painter and his uncomplicated yet catchy melodies serve as a solid vehicle for his lyrics. What I particularly like about his work is the simplicity of the backings. With just guitar, harmonica, the occasional piano and fiddle, with muted bass, flute on a couple of tracks, and subtly played bongos, this is by no means a polished performance, but it comes as an honest and refreshing change to much of the technically proficient, highly manufactured music we are so often force fed. -Al Moir
1. Baby, That's the Way Life Goes
2. Cold Lonely Walls
3. The Ballad of Alan Bannister
4. The Bumblebee
5. The Cry
6. It's Just You
8. You Don't Own My Mind
9. I'll See You Tonight in My Dreams
10. The Prayer