“…one of the most accomplished albums to invade my space in a long time.” – 4.5/5
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press
“… fresh, inventive and daring… The Irish music scene’s best kept secret? Maybe it’s time more people were told.” – 9/10
“… rocking tunes, punching vocal lines and tons of hooks.” – 9/10
In April 2012, Ross’ song Life Support (the first single from When I Met The Devil) was chosen as the title track on a compilation album released by Delphi Records in aid of Pieta House, a suicide and self-harm prevention society. The album also features fellow contemporary artists such as Delorentos, We Cut Corners, The Coronas and Wallis Bird. This is the fouth occasion on which Ross Breen’s music has been selected for a national compilation release; previous features include:
• Ceol ‐ an Irish language album including artists such as The Corrs and The Waterboys.
• Urban Tales ‐ a commemorative album compiled by Ballyfermot Rock School.
• Knockanstockan Vol. 1 ‐ an album showcasing the best acts to play the independent festival.
A graduate of the Ballyfermot Rock School, the Kildare‐born songwriter has consistently impressed on the live stage, earning countless invitations as a special guest with the likes of Bell x1, Sinead O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar‐winner Glen Hansard. As well as completing a successful east‐coast tour of the U.S. in late 2011, Ross Breen has built up a large following performing with his band at a number of Ireland’s premier festivals, including Vantastival, Knockanstockan, No Place Like Dome and the prestigious Hard Working Class Heroes.
The second single release from When I Met The Devil and nationwide tour are scheduled for June 2012, with recording of a second album already underway.
“An album well worth buying and listening to, start to finish… Ross applies his voice with pure passion, singing every lyric in perfect melody.” – 6/6
“When I Met The Devil is without doubt one of the best offerings from any Irish artist in donkeys… the tunes are proper tunes, the production is second to none, his harmonies and choice of instruments are inspired…”
– Dime Zine
“… the quality of the resulting product is unmistakeable, Life Support sounding like a pop version of Warren Zevon while the title track When I Met the Devil is wonderful cross of folk and gospel.”
– Leinster Leader
“I was played this song a few times and loved it but when Simon the director told me he was Irish, I was gobsmacked. He deserves the world.”
“… nothing short of a revelation. Despite being a supremely talented guitarist, it was actually his voice that left the lasting impression, a cross between the soaring wildness of Jeff or Tim Buckley and the world-weary bassiness of Tom Waits. He is definitely a name to watch for the future.”
– Sligo Weekender
“I have to say Ross Breen blew me away… Just go and see him, you won’t be disappointed.”
– Roadhouse Magazine
“Another band I managed to catch was Ross Breen, who played an excellent set just as the Sun went down on the Sun Stage.”
– Goldenplec.ie (review of Knockanstockan ‘11)
“He lives up to the hype. We have seen him a lot on the Dublin circuit and he is always impressive.”
– Twenty-One Zero Media
“an interesting twist on the singer-songwriter theme… His songs leap across a span of styles… the voice is something to behold.”
– Iris Magazine
“These are songs you’ll be singing along to after first listen but still marvel at after each subsequent play… packed with sonic interest from the beautifully layered close harmonies, the intricate guitar work, to the driving rhythm, there is something there for all music lovers.”