Bio

Brian Cullen is an Irish musician and songwriter living in Japan. Brian plays a wide range of music from folk to pop to rock to jazz. His main instruments are guitar and piano. He also plays traditional Irish music on a range of instruments including mandolin, flute, and bouzouki.

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Please follow the Facebook page or Instagram page to hear about new music! You can also follow us on Bandcamp. Below, you can check out the albums and listen on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music etc. Live shows have also started again – hope to see you there.

Albums

  • Running Round (2021) by Brian Cullen & Tomonori Shimizu.
  • G (2021) by Brian Cullen & Sarah Mulvey and Some Cats from Japan. 
  • Bubbles (2019) by Brian Cullen & Sarah Mulvey and Some Cats from Japan.
  • Jukebox Paradise (2016) by Brian Cullen, Coindrop62, and the original cast.
  • The Hello EP (2008) by Iznit Obvious.
  • Charm (2003) by The Rising Pints.
  • Just Right (2001) by Brian Cullen & The Magical Otters.
  • Another Round (1999) by The Rising Pints.
  • The Rising Pints (1997) by The Rising Pints. Listen to the full album on YouTube.
  • Lady Don’t Cry (1995) by Brian Cullen & Tomonori Shimizu. Re-released in 2021 as part of the Running Round album.http://rollingman.net/

Live Shows

January 26, 2024

Brian Cullen solo,
at The Shamrock Irish Tavern, Fushimi, Nagoya

December 27, 2024

Brian Cullen with Gaultiens at Slow Blues, Hoshigaoka, Nagoya. 『Turkey kitagawa』Memorial Third Live Party.

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Brian Cullen - Music

Brian Cullen is an Irish singer-songwriter living in Nagoya, Japan.

3 months ago

Brian Cullen - Music
A new song that Sam Keith and I cooked up yesterday called "Keeping Score". ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

Brian Cullen - Music
This is a quick demo of a new song called "To Get Out of Here". I played it in DADGAD tuning on guitar which I haven't used in a long time, but it is always fun and brings you places that you don't quite expect. I was playing with iMovie on an iPad and added some cheesy filters. The song started out as a prison song, but morphed into a more ambiguous prison, maybe of the mind. [D]I can't wait to get out of here[D]Don't wanna this no more[D]Somewhere [F]back then, I [G]stepped out of line, [F]now [C]Won't someone [Bb]open up the [D]door[C]Won't someone [G]open up the [D]door[D]Dark and cold, so lonely inside[D]Life and dream dissolve[D]Please let me [F]do some [G]livin' a[F]gain[C]Will I [Bb]ever be ab[D]solved[C]Will I [G]ever be ab[D]solvedInstrumental [C]Stars through the window[G]Bars on my mind [C]Sounds of talk and laughter[D]Beyond the great divide[C]Freedom's just a word[G]Till you let it slip awayThen no[F]body will listenTo a [A]single word you [D]say[D]I can't wait to get out of here[D]Don't wanna this no more[D]Somewhere [F]back then, I [G]stepped out of line, [F]now [C]Won't someone [Bb]open up the [D]door[C]Won't someone [G]open up the [D]doorInstrumental[C]Heart has grown so heavy[G]Body don't feel right[C]The memories I keep[D]Torture me all night[C]Freedom's just a word[G]Till you let it slip away[C]Nobody is listening To a [D]word that you say[D]To get out of hereTo get out of here ... ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

Brian Cullen - Music
The events in Israel and Gaza continue to deliver sad news on every side. There are sides and perspectives and opinions and so much history entangled in the conflict. This song is not intended to take a side. It was just one way I was trying to come to terms with all the violence in my own thoughts. My wife, Sarah, suggested the idea of a song on this topic and the line "Look at my arm". Thanks for the powerful image, Sarah! May peace come to all soon.----Look at my armOn a day from hell, I stand in line, lost in my despair,I shiver while I get tattooed and they shave off my hair,My name erased, a number imprinted for their book,Indelibly in skin and blood to remind me what they took The sun still tries to rise as I trudge on frozen ground,Rags try to clothe my body, belly aches in empty soundAs they drive us to the labor, I lose who I may beFor every hour I stay alive, I lose a part of meLook at my armThe story is quite clearI'm not saying that you're wrongJust that you do not want to hearYou are in painEach a story of our ownI am not without blameBut pages have been tornFrom a book where we could live in peacenot behind the walls of sad historiesLook at my armSo long ago, so long ago, you can't know what I've been through,I was once like other people, who dreamed and hoped like youI look down at the number, and the stories it could tellSomehow I survived, a broken phoenix out of hellLook at my armThe story is quite clearI'm not saying that you're wrongJust that you do not want to hearYou are in painEach a story of our ownI am not without blameBut pages have been tornFrom a book where we could live in peacenot behind the walls of sad historiesLook at my armLook at my arm ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

Brian Cullen - Music
This is one of the saddest songs I have written. It is called "I Can't Recall". ... See MoreSee Less
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