“Back to Work?” Latest album from Dublin-born singer-songwriter balladeer Colm O’Brien

“Back to Work? is a timeless, essential album for our times, or any time you want to get in touch with your rich Irish roots.” -Mike Farraher, Irish Central/Irish Voice.

“An entertaining collection of folk standards and original numbers that will find favour with the legions of new Irish immigrants in Boston and New York and maybe even back here, too.” -Danny McElhinney, Irish Sunday Mail.

“Colm O’Brien is truly a top performer of his genre.” -The Celtic Crier.

“Passion in abundance… whichever way you play Back to Work? you are guaranteed an entertaining listen.” -Eileen McCabe, Irish Music Magazine.

“With the fervor and enthusiasm of the great Irish balladeers that have come before him, Colm O’Brien is back to work for sure.” -Liz Noonan , The Irish Echo.


‘Back to Work?’ is a 15-track collection including new original songs composed by Colm, as well as some rare traditional ballads. ‘Back to Work?’ has all the intensity and ‘feel’ of Colm’s live performances.  With the sound quality made possible by a studio setting. Colm’s signature vocals and passionate guitar work always stand out, no more so than on tracks with elegant accompaniment by guest artists.

Tracks include: The Hot Asphalt, Illegal in America, Belfast Mill, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and more.


MP3s available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.



Colm O’Brien… Dublin-born, now residing in Boston. One of the most passionate, knowledgeable  and dedicated devotees of the Irish ballad tradition.  Born into the heritage of Irish music, stretching back generations in his family, Colm continues to celebrate those traditions today.  And with the full spirit of a True Dub!

Career highlights include stints with The Prodigals and Rud Eile. Has shared the stage with Finbar Furey, Andy Irvine and other legends. Colm performs today as a solo artist as well as occasionally with long-time friend Martin Butler, the acclaimed bodhran master.