""totally unique"... "a true performer" – Hot Press
“a talented artist... rich in soul... Breen's vocals are as stunning as ever” – Joe.ie
Acclaimed artist and multi-instrumentalist Ross Breen has earned comparisons to Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen through his finesse for illustrative songwriting and captivating voice, while recent releases have explored territory bearing echos of Gainsbourg, Rufus Wainwright and The Flaming Lips.
Ross has enjoyed extensive radio airplay in his native Ireland - his work is regularly playlisted on RTÉ Radio 1, with songs like Heather in December, One Last Kiss, Idyllic Valley and Some Other Time, Maybe also receiving support from 2FM, Today FM and Radio Nova. Idyllic Valley reached no.1 on the iTunes Rock Charts following a dynamic live television performance on RTÉ 1's The Saturday Night Show.
Monet, an impressionist piece in song form and tribute to its eponymous subject, won Breen the title of ‘Ireland’s Best Unsigned Singer-Songwriter’ from national station, Newstalk FM.
Ross has consistently impressed on the live stage, earning invitations as a special guest with Midlake, Bell X1, Sinead O’Connor, Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard while building on his following playing at a number of premier festivals, including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Indiependence and Sea Sessions.
Some Other Time, Maybe, his most recent release, pursues a new direction and has a dreamy feel, with the band referencing artists like Father John Misty, Air, John Grant and Villagers during the recording process. Ostensibly an ode to idealistic love and great music (the lyrics contain deferential nods towards Leonard Cohen, George Jones, Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan), Some Other Time, Maybe is left musically and lyrically open-ended, echoing the current social landscape of our times.
Producer Gavin Glass (Paul Brady, Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, Hot Sprockets, The Minutes) adds: “I've been a huge fan of Ross for a long time and I've wanted to work with him in the studio for ages. On "Some Other Time, Maybe”, I tried to create an environment around the song that would allow the lyric and vocal to just float. I think he and the band really knocked it out of the park on this performance. It's a Ross Breen people haven't heard before. Really proud to be involved with this one.”
Ross was delighted with fans' reaction to his new sound and is currently developing more material using the same template, with new singles planned for late 2021 and a full album release in mind for 2022.
Ross has previously linked up with organisations like Peter McVerry Trust and Irish Deaf Society to collaborate on some accomplished video projects and continues to work on an ambitious double-album project titled ‘Burra Din: A Christmas Record’ – his 2020 single from this collection was hailed as "triumphant" by Indie Buddie: "Exuding deft songwriting and a rich vibrant wall of sound ‘Mrry Xmas @ 1st Lght’ is a refreshing and dynamic addition to Breen’s emotive musical collection."
The Kildare based songwriter is concurrently developing a new set of songs in studio, as well as a single release with Side 4 Collective, an eclectic 'various artists' project led by renowned Frames drummer Dave Hingerty..