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OGMediagroup: pr@brianhanlon.com

Management and booking: info@brianhanlon.com

Phone: +353 (0) 86 1045335.

August 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brian Hanlon Releases Debut Album

The talented musician from Ireland is set to release his exciting debut album, a move which will thrill his army of fans across the world.

Brian Hanlon is preparing to release his debut album later this month, marking a huge stage in the career of the multi-talented acoustic singer-songwriter. Brian, who lives in Cork , Ireland , has just put the final touches to the album, and is now preparing for the imminent release that will hopefully build upon his fan base and get his music heard by more people than ever.

The album, ‘Switched’, consists of eleven original songs from Brian, each providing a combination his high-energy guitar playing, melodious vocals and heartfelt lyrics. The rhythmic undercurrent bears testament to bodhran (a traditional Irish drum) playing, and the music is punctuated throughout with elements of reggae, hip-hop, punk, jazz, pop and R&B.

The album was recorded at Sonas Studios in Ireland , and its creation was supported by musicians who have been associated with Van Morrison, Steve Winwood and Brian Kennedy’s band. It was produced by Brian and Tony O’Flaherty and was post produced by Dave Collins, the man behind Sting, Ben Harper, The Police, Janet Jackson and Sheryl Crow.

The theme of the album underlies the changes that Brian has gone through over recent years, the biggest of which being the ‘switch’ from Boston to Ireland . It was this that allowed him to thrive off the new opportunities presented to him, to explore fresh sounds and develop his musical style.

‘Switched’ reveals the stunning array of influences that have found their way into Brian’s music. Whilst his grounding came in traditional Celtic music – he began to get himself known whilst playing in venues throughout Boston – he was always keen to bring something unique to a traditional sound. For this reason, his emphasis on rhythmic guitar playing has been enhanced by his ability to play other instruments including the bouzouki, the banjo and the cello.

Brian’s life has certainly been full of experiences. Not long ago, he was invited to play live for the astronaut Dani Tani via video link up, an unforgettable experience that just goes to show how far he has already made a name for himself. As well as that, he has also appeared on television on the BBC and RTE, and his appeal just continues to grow.

Brian has said of his work: “I was brought up in a very musical family. My mother was an Irish ballad singer, and my parents would always expose me to a wealth of music as a child. Although I learnt a lot of instruments as I was growing up, it wasn’t until I was 13 that I actually picked up my first guitar, and that was a real changing point for me.

“Since then, my style has developed and I’ve incorporated other sounds and genres which have all made their way into ‘Switched’. The album is a reflection of my influences over the years and the changes that I’ve experienced recently in my life.”

With a CD collection that takes up an entire room, Brian refuses to restrict his influences to one genre. Instead, he has been influenced by numerous artists and genres of music from across the globe, including Sam Cook, Bob Marley, The Police, Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder amongst many others.

Brian does not shy away from including political references in his music, reflecting one of his other long-term interests, political writing. This can be deduced from recent samples of his songs which include sound bites and excerpts from news broadcasts relating to the war in Iraq .

The album will be launching shortly, and fans are encouraged to visit Brian’s website, which provides everything you could want to know about the young musician. As well as checking out videos of Brian being interviewed and photos of him in action, you can also sign up for the mailing list to receive news and information about upcoming gigs and new releases.

Fans can also check out his MySpace page and can even join up to be his friend on Facebook.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

  • Pictures, interviews and samples are available to support this story.
  • The new album will be released shortly.

For further information contact:

  • OGMediaGroup at pr@brianhanlon.com.
  • Management and booking contacts at info@brianhanlon.com, or phone +353 (0) 86 1045335.

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