Paul Brennan

Welcome to Cairns and Townsville's, musician entertainer Paul Brennan's website. I am a solo acoustic guitarist and singer, specializing in Hotels, Weddings, Parties and Corporate events.

I sing and play guitar on regular basis throughout Nth Queensland from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach. I also perform regularly in Palm Cove, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, Cardwell, Townsville, Ayr and Bowen. 

Singing and playing acoustic guitar is something I love to do, and I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have made a full time living as a solo singer acoustic guitarist performer (slash) entertainer for over 25 years now.

So when people like yourself ask me to play guitar and sing at their wedding, hotel, corporate function or party whether it be in Cairns, Palm Cove, Townsville or wherever... Hey, I'm more than happy to fire up the old beast (Hi ace van) point it in the right direction and go.

I play acoustic guitar with a bit of harmonica and sing, mainly playing cover songs from 60's to current times.

What I do

It all started when ..

I was about 18 years old and first started going to bars, my friends and I used to go out and see various bands playing at different venues around town, some bars had the drum machine guy up on stage doing his thing too.

While everybody was good at what they did I was always drawn to the...

Guy or girl who was just up there on stage by themselves  playing acoustic guitar and singing. There was something very atmospheric, real and raw about the whole experience, that just fully appealed to me. Some of them could really rock it out as well, which I thought was very cool.

I always knew from as far back as I can ever remember making music was what I would be doing for a living anyway... and I really wanted to be "that guy" up there on stage with just an acoustic guitar belting out those awesome songs... That's pretty well what I became.

Over the years I have been advised by several booking agents to start using the whole drum machine set up, basically I was told it would be very hard to make a living as a musician otherwise.

But truthfully I have always been kept reasonably busy over the years because not many solo guys actually do what I do anyway. No tricks, just sing and play guitar.

So in a way I have kind of created my own little niche market for myself.

The picture below basically sums up what I do and what my PA system looks like. I use a small Laney 15 watt guitar tube amp with a volume pedal to add some dynamics to my guitar playing. I also use a stomp box which is a flat piece of timber with a pick up embedded in it. The Stomp box sits on the floor and I tap it with my foot in time with the song I'm playing, and it creates a sort of bass drum effect. That's pretty well it.


Over the years I have warmed the crowd up on occasion for some popular Australian act such as  Ash Grunwald, Diesel, Richard Clapton, John English and Boom Crash Opera.

 

Recent Highlights

  • April 25th and 26th I went for my annual pilgrimage to Pt Moresby in Papua New Guinea to play at the Anzac Day celebrations at the Royal Papuan Yacht Club. Once again it was a great time and I love going there.
  • March 8th and 9th 2019 I played at the Wagin Trade Fair in West Australia. What a great weekend that was too. I met some really great people and we all partied pretty well and had a ball.
  • February 16th 2018 I played support for Ash Grunwald at the Kirwan Tavern in Townsville. That was a great night I got to pull out a few original songs and play them to a very appreciative crowd. Ash has long been a favorite act of mine so I felt it to be quite the honor to be asked to play support and warm up the crowd for him.

       

  

    Ash Grunwald and myself during sound check at the Kirwan Tavern Townsville.

  • Flew to Papua New Guinea to play at the Royal Papuan Yacht Club in Pt Moresby for New Years Eve 2017-18. I also played there on Anzac Day 2017 and 2018.

  • 2018 saw me playing at quite a few weddings between Port Douglas, Cairns and Townsville. Couple that with a steady stream of corporate, parties and hotel gigs, 2018 has been a good year so far


Testimonial

Hi Paul,
We can't believe how quickly time has got away from us. After returning home from our wedding in Pt Douglas we went straight back to work, the joys of being a married couple, we are loving it :)

We really appreciated all of your assistance in getting us to where we needed to be for our big day. Everyone really enjoyed the music and we received heaps of positive feedback about your performance.

Continue doing what you do best, you're an amazing musician Paul.
Thanks again for your amazing work,

Tianni & Geoff Harrison

Bendigo - Victoria

Testimonial

Hi Paul, well we are back from our honeymoon now, had a fantastic time in Fiji. Once again thanks for playing for us at our wedding in Palm Cove in August.

Everybody is still talking about how good you were. 

I don't know if you knew, but there were a few guys we actually checked out as well as you. I mean they were really good too but you were just so much better for what we wanted. Thanks again Paul :)"

Stephen and Lyndell Blake - Adelaide Sth Australia

Testimonial

"Port Douglas is one of Queensland's and Australia's premier tourist destinations. It is very important to us that all of the acts that perform at our venue are of the highest standard.

Paul is a great act and an absolute sure fire winner with our guests every time he plays. His ability to read the crowd and play the appropriate songs is almost uncanny and he makes it look so easy too.

It is plain to see Paul is very dedicated to his craft and I would happily recommend him to anyone seeking a great performer."

Stephanie Griffin - Asst Manager Central Hotel Pt Douglas

Paul Brennan has been a regular solo singer/guitarist at our venue "The Garage" for over 5 years now. Paul is one of those rare soloists who actually pulls a crowd every time he plays.

Aside from being a great act he also interacts and relates to the crowd on a personal level which is one of his major strengths as an act.

We highly recommend Paul Brennan to anybody who is seeking a top line solo musician." 

Matti Rix - Owner Garage Bar and Grill. Mission Beach Queensland

 A big night at Foxy's Bar on Fitzroy Island

 

A few years ago I was working in with the Australian Songwriters Association as their coordinator in Nth Queensland. Nine guys from the ASA were traveling around Australia in a coaster bus recording original artists for a national TV show called Wax Lyrical Songwriters. When they arrived in Cairns they camped at my place wherever they could find a space, for a week. It was a very big week. To show their appreciation they made a video for me of a song I wrote called "Shine On"  Thanks guys.

In Closing

If you are looking for a solo entertainer, slash, singer guitarist in Cairns who is competitively priced to perform at your Wedding, Hotel, Party or Corporate function and willing to travel anywhere from Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville and beyond - please keep me in mind.