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New Emphasis Records Celtic Music Release:

 

JOHN BREEN "OLD MEN IN HATS"

 

On this long awaited follow up to his 2004 debut album, John Breen's clear, expressive and emotional voice is captivating, making these tracks of eclectic self-penned tunes, original and traditional songs, an enjoyable listen and well worth the wait.


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From rhythmic cuts that will get your toes tapping (Rosemary Bailey) to John's engaging vocal nuances on stellar ballads (Ringsend Rose, Old Man), and boosted by several pre-eminent Irish musicians to include: band member Mick Redmond (well crafted mandolin and banjo influences throughout), accordion and whistle accompaniments by Brian Doyle, driving bodhran beats from Peter Walker (check out Maggie), world champion Irish piper Larry Cullen, and the talented tin whistler Tommy Breen (of Boru and Fenian Folk) contributing a fine solo instrumental (The Bog Down In The Valley O'), this album delivers magical vocal and musical performances.

The title track "Old Men In Hats" (an incredible lyrical contribution from fellow Wicklow man Terry Kavanagh) truly puts you there, in that place that as the song says: "feels like heaven to me."

John Breen has performed with his own band, to sharing the stage with Boru, The Dublin Rogues, The Dublin City Ramblers, and Liam O' Faoilin to name a few. Often compared to Ronnie Drew, John Breen is the "Irish Voice".

 


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Musician credits.

JOHN BREEN - Vocal/Acoustic guitar
MICK REDMOND - Mandolin/Banjo
BRIAN DOYLE - Accordian-Tin Whistle
PETER WALKER - Bodhran
LARRY CULLEN - Pipes
TOMMY BREEN - Tin Whistle/Bodhran/Bones
NOEL MOORE
- Bass
FIDDLE - Courtesy of efiddler.com
MARY FLANNIGAN - Celtic Harp
DANIEL O'CONNOR
- Dulcimer
STEVIE HAWKINS
- Piano/Percussion/Snare & Bass Drums/Timpani/Jews Harp/Piper Ankle Bells/Porch Board
Background Vocals - Oisin Breen - Mick Redmond - Brian Doyle - Stevie Hawkins


Lyrics: Charlotte Hannon • John Breen • Terry Kavanagh • Pete St John • Phil Coulter • Gerry Cunningham • Paddy Houlahan • Traditional
Music: John Breen - Stevie Hawkins
Produced - Engineered - Arranged and Mastered by: Stevie Hawkins
Cover Art - Charlotte Hannon
Tracks were recorded in Co. Wicklow Ireland - Post tracking and production in Atlanta, Georgia USA

Official Release/Street Date - October 14, 2012

© 2011 Emphasis Records/Atlanta Music Group • EMCD-007 •
℗ 2011 Hannon/Hawkins Music BMI • All rights are reserved.
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