Brush Shiels

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Brush Shiels
Birth name Brendan Ian Shiels
Born 1952 (age 61–62)
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Psychedelic rock, Rock, Blues rock, Country
Instruments Guitar, Vocals Bass
Years active 1960s–present
Labels CBS
Associated acts Skid Row
Dr. Strangely Strange
Thin Lizzy
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Brendan Ian "Brush" Shiels (born in 1952, Dublin) is an Irish musician from County Dublin, best known for being the frontman of Gary Moore's first band, Skid Row. Brush Shiels had a TV show on RTÉ called Off yer Brush and was at one point managed by Louis Walsh. He now appears regularly providing musical accompaniment on the Joe Duffy Liveline radio programme on RTÉ and still performs live around venues in the UK and Ireland.

Brush also enjoyed a brief spell as a footballer representing Bohemian F.C. in the 1960s. Shiels has helped Bohemians recent times by making appearances at fundraising events to try and ensure the survival of his former club.


With Skid Row[edit]

  • Skid (CBS, 1970)
  • 34 Hours (CBS, 1971)
  • Alive and Kicking (RRL, 1976) (Brush and Noel Bridgeman in live album without Gary Moore or previous Skid Row songs, just well known covers with a rather large band)
  • Skid Row (a.k.a. 'Dublin Gas Comy.'), (demos recorded 1969, released 1984)
  • Skid Row (a.k.a. 'Gary Moore/Brush Shiels/Noel Bridgeman'), (third album recorded 1971, released 1989)
  • Live And On Song (Hux, 2006) (first two singles on Song label recorded 1969, plus BBC 'In Concert' from 1971)
  • Bon Jovi Never Rang Me (Bruised Records, 2012)


  • Brush Shiels (1977)
  • Old Pal (1986)
  • Fields of Athenry (1988)
  • BadBob's Country Boogie (1990)
  • Wrapped Silage (1994)
  • Celtic Road Warrior (1997)
  • 18 Celtic Rock Classics (1999)
  • Mad Dog Woman (originally titled Skid Row Revisited, 2009)

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