John Breen Teams With Renowned Irish Musicians, Tommy Breen And Christine Steele, In 'Glen Art' Irish Band
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
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"
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."
Emphasis Records Announces iTunes Pre-Order Of John Breen's New Single "I Still Believe"
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.