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John Breen and Tommy Breen Win Award for Best Male Act At 2017 SeaBreeze Festival Swinging Pubs Competition
GlenArt Irish Band - Arklow Seabreeze Festival

This photo was taken just before John Breen and Tommy Breen SeaBreeze Festival performance with GlenArt Irish Band on the Lower Main Street Stage.

07/27/2017 ~ Atlanta, GA

Emphasis Records artist John Breen, accompanied by famed Irish musician, Tommy Breen, won the award for "Best Male Act" in the 2017 SeaBreeze Festival, "Swinging Pubs Competition" for venue participant, Sally O'Brien's Live Music Venue. With gratitude, John and Tommy donated their award to Sally O' Brien's.

There were many highlights during the annual SeaBreeze Festival, with the Swinging Pubs Competition being one of them, attracting large numbers of people each night in the run up to the main part of the festival weekend. Venue participants in the competition included: The Gin Mill, The Midway Bar, John Joe’s, Sally O' Brien’s, The Gallery, The Old Ship, Arklow Bay Hotel, and the Bridge Hotel.

The remaining winners in the 2017 competition were: Best M.C. – Oisin Molloy representing The Gin Mill: Best Comedy/Novelty Act – Seanna Connolly, Muireann O’Connor, Meadbh O’Connor, with their Riverdance sequence and representing The Gin Mill: Best Female Singer - Sophie McGee representing The Bridge Hotel, with the title of Swinging Pubs Champions for 2017 going to the Bridge Hotel for the second year in succession.

From John, Tommy, and Emphasis Records, we extend congratulations to everyone for their success in the run up to their shows each night. A lot of hard work ensured there was a very high standard each night.


John Breen Set To Perform with GlenArt Irish Band At 2017 Arklow SeaBreeze Festival
GlenArt Irish Band - Arklow Seabreeze Festival

06/20/2017 ~ Atlanta, GA

Exciting news from Arklow Ireland, the GlenArt Irish Band will be performing the "Arklow Seabreeze Festival" on Sunday 16th July 2017, at 9:00pm. The Band will be performing on the Lower Main Street stage, bringing a delightful Feast Of Irish Folk music to the festival audience. Included in the band line up are: John Breen, Tommy Breen ( Ború ), Michael Redmond ( The Navvies ), Noel Dunbar ( The Jarveys ), and Jimmy Myler ( Badhrán Beats ). This line up of musicians will be bringing a show that's raw, fresh and unrehearsed, making it a Session not to be missed.

Summer in Arklow Ireland just wouldn't be the same without the renowned annual Seabreeze Festival. This year’s Arklow Seabreeze Festival is set to bring the town to life, culminating in a weekend packed full of a variety of free entertainment and events from Friday 14th - Sunday 16th.

The event has been a summer-time favourite for many years and provides top class live entertainment, eye popping spectacles and the best of open-air festival fun - making it one of the most popular family festivals on the East Coast of Ireland. With a major focus on Family, Children's Fun, Arts and Music, the 2017 Seabreeze Festival has something to offer for people of all ages!

Live Music has always formed a large part of the Seabreeze Festival and this year's event is no different. Other top-notch concert performances will include: The Kilkennys, Ray Dolan, Small Town Crisis, The Wise Guys, and Gravity.

Arklow has seen some huge national acts entertain crowds in town over the years including the American Drifters, Brendan Boyer and Brush Shiels, The Fureys and Jedward, who attracted just under 20,000 fans to the seaside town of Arklow.

Friends and families flock to the seaside town every July, coming home from abroad, renewing old acquaintances and making new friendships that last a lifetime. Wide-eyed children marvel at the street entertainment, novelty events, and carnival atmosphere that engulfs the town each June. The Seabreeze Festival really is tops for family entertainment - come along and enjoy the craic and Irish hospitality!

Don't miss the GlenArt Irish Band performing on the Lower Main Street stage Sunday 17th July 2017, at 9:00pm. We look forward to seeing you at the Arklow Seabreeze Festival!


John Breen Teams With Renowned Irish Musicians, Tommy Breen And Christine Steele, In 'Glen Art' Irish Band
Glen Art Irish Band
Tommy Breen tin whistle Tommy Breen

Christine Steele fiddle Christine Steele

03/13/2017 ~ Atlanta, GA

John Breen has teamed with renowned traditional Irish musicians, Tommy Breen and Christine Steele, to form the dynamic traditional Folk and Ballad group, 'Glen Art'. As well as continuing his solo career, John will be performing select shows with the new group.

Tommy Breen is a founding member and frontman of renowned Irish ballad group Boru. For many years, Tommy has consistently toured Europe and the USA, and made numerous television and radio show appearances. He is well known throughout the world as a premier Whistle and Flute player, and for his adept skills performing on percussion instruments. Besides being a gifted, seasoned musician, Tommy is a natural born entertainer with an easy going manner, who knows exactly how to interact with an audience whether in an intimate setting or performing at concerts. Tommy has recorded 15 albums to date and has a vast collection of compositions to offer Glen Art that will be a perfect marriage with the voice of John Breen. Overall, Tommy Breen brings his wealth of experience to Glen Art and is a quality asset for this three piece combination as they prepare to go on the road with a brand new show.

Christine Steele is a well-known and highly sought after musician, educator and musical director who has vast experience playing in many settings from Classical right through to Trad. Educated musically in the Classical tradition she has played nationally and internationally with various Symphony Orchestras, Quartets, and many professional bands and has participated in numerous recordings both as a soloist and as a conductor of various orchestras. Chris will bring her vast experience in composition and arranging to the band along with her ability to play Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Mandolin however her instrument of choice normally is the Fiddle. Chris is a dynamic and professional performer who is looking forward to working with Tommy and John Breen in what promises to be an original and dynamic trio.

When asked about the band name, John Breen said, "Glen Art was chosen as the Band name because Glenart was and always will be somewhere that's very close to the heart. As children growing up, we could go there every day during summer school holidays to play, sometimes fight or just to hide and seek in the woods. We'd swing across the river using sometimes a weak and frayed rope that hung from Glenart bridge, or maybe we'd collect bamboos or rob Glenart Castle orchard. After stuffing the belly with apples, we might have a full on war among ourselves, or an all out war on a spotted rival gang using the last of the apples. I think most people have that special place that they carry with them throughout life. The name Glen Art alone will bring passion to our songs and music. We are so looking forward to our first gig together on St. Patrick's Day, especially now that it's Sally O'Brien's and local."

The group's first performance together will be March 16th, at The Office Blocks - Sandyford, Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland, followed by a performance March 17th, at Sally O'Brien's in Arklow, Co. Wicklow Ireland.

Look and listen for exciting music and news to come from the great traditional group, 'Glen Art'.

Indie Music Channel Awards Nominates John Breen In Americana Category
John Breen Indie Music Channel Awards

03/21/2016 ~ Atlanta, GA

Emphasis Records is pleased to announce the Indie Music Channel Hollywood, has nominated John Breen in the "Best Americana Song" category for the tune "I Sill Believe", the first single from his current album "Origins". John's nomination comes from a voting panel of music and radio industry judges.

A collaboration between Breen, lyricist Charlotte Hannon, famed multi-instrumentalist Tim Crouch and producer Stevie Hawkins, John's powerful Irish voice carries us through a lyric of universal appeal with excellent production. The fiddle and mandolin set the mood while the tin whistle and Celtic harp create warm lush sounds that carry us right along until we too find ourselves believing. The single is distributed by Emphasis Records and Catapult Distribution to iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and to local & major retail outlets.

The Indie Music Channel was created by Emmy Award winning TV host, actor & model, Christopher Ewing. Mr. Ewing is passionate about helping and promoting the music of independent artists globally.

"I created The Indie Music Channel and 'The Radio Cafe' radio show because I have always felt that there needed to be more support for local, indie music. There are a lot of really talented singers and bands out here whose music isn't getting enough radio play, if at all, mostly because they aren't signed to a big record deal with a major label. Whether these singers or bands have a record deal or not, they still have AWESOME music that deserves to be heard on the radio and now, through the Indie Music Channel, there is an outlet for them to get their music played." says Mr. Ewing.

As an actor, Ewing has appeared on such top rated shows as "All My Children", "One Life to Live" and others, plus over 80 radio & T.V. commercials. He has also been the narrator and /or spokesperson in countless industrial films for General Motors, IBM and many others.

The Indie Music Channel Awards Ceremony will take place on April 24, 2016 at the The Clive Davis Theatre inside the legendary Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California. Each year, hundreds of artists and guests from around the world attend the Indie Music Channel Awards. Nominees are selected by a panel of professionals based on the genres of their expertise in the industry. For tickets and information please visit: theindiemusicchannel.tv/tix.html.

The Celtic Music Fan - Baxter Labatos Review: "John Breen taps into The Source with Origins"

I Still Believe CD cover

02/16/2015 ~ Atlanta, GA

The Celtic Music Fan writer Baxter Labatos has written a stellar, intelligent review of the new John Breen album Origins. John Breen and Emphasis Records expresses sincere and gracious thanks to Mr. Labatos.

Mr. Labatos writes; "Excitement was in the air when I heard that Irish crooner John Breen was putting up a new album called Origins, last year. I know his music. There is consistency that marks his previous albums. There is certainty in his vision resulting in an album that’s solid and artfully crafted. There is no fumbling around with other styles. Instead, he goes for the things he know by heart, and good at. If you pick up any John Breen album, you always feel that sense of coming home, not just in a geographical but in a spiritual sense as well.

I think we are fortunate to have an artist like John Breen in this lifetime. The honesty of his songs cuts to the core of our souls. I feel purified after the last track. Origins is a must-have album for humanity."

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Emphasis Records Announces iTunes Pre-Order Of John Breen's New Single "I Still Believe"

I Still Believe CD cover

iTunes logo

12/12/2014 ~ Atlanta, GA

Emphasis Records announces iTunes pre-order of the new John Breen single, "I Still Believe" beginning December 12th. The song is the first single from John Breen's highly anticipated forthcoming album "Origins", slated for release in early 2015.

"We are very excited about the new single and getting it out to John's fans and distributed to radio. The marriage of John's vocal performance to the lyric and music on this song is magical, making this single release chart hit material. John is such pleasure to work with as an artist. Give him a bit of direction, then he takes the melody to make it his own. Such as an "Artist" does..", said Breen's producer Stevie Hawkins.

Breen brilliantly delivers the rather somber lyric of this song song about life's struggles, twists and curves, yet captures a mood that is hopeful and uplifting in recognition of the power in believing.

Pre-order of the single will run on iTunes from December 12th to the official street date of January 10th, 2015.

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