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    by BalconyTV

    BALCONYTV LONDON 23/06/2009

    (With Paul Booth on Sax! )

    The talented musician from Boston now based in 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 Kennedys band. It was produced by Brian and Tony OFlaherty and was post produced by Dave Collins, the man behind Sting, Ben Harper, The Police, Janet Jackson and Sheryl Crow. 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. The album will be launching shortly, and fans are encouraged to visit" Brians 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

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