Brendan Nolan was born and reared just to the north of the city of Dublin. When he was growing up in Ireland in the sixties and seventies there was a resurgence of interest in Irish music. Spearheading this musical rebirth were groups like The Dubliners, Planxty, The Bothy Band, and others. Around the same time the singer-songwriter boom in North America had taken off. Both of these genres would ultimately influence his own music.
After starting out in the vibrant Dublin Ballad scene of the mid-seventies he moved to Canada in 1979. His musical life in Montreal was marked by a very extended run at the Old Dublin Pub. For nearly 14 years his name was synonymous with the Old Dublin. During his tenure it was voted most popular pub in the city by the Montreal Mirror. He also headlined concerts at acoustic venues across Canada and performed at numerous festivals including Winnipeg, London Home County, Miramichi, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Fest. In August of 2009 he performed in Quebec City as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the unveiling on the Celtic Cross on Grosse Isle. Back in 1997 he performed on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City as part of the 150th anniversary of the Irish famine.
He has been based in St. Pete Beach, Florida since 1993. He has been featured several times on WMNF "Live" in Tampa. He has performed and was interviewed on Channel 10 (CBS affiliate) on their morning TV show "Studio 10". He has played at many festivals in the state including the Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival, Florida Folk Festival, Gamble Rogers Fest, and Wings and Strings. He has been a headliner on three occasions at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas. He has also played theMilwaukee Irish Festival, Jackson Mississippi Celtic Fest, Savannah, Kansas City, as well as and several others across the U.S.