The Blizzards were one of Ireland’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll deals, but that did not stop their guitarist and singer Niall Breslin deciding in January 2010 that he needed a new challenge. “We had six amazing years together,” he reflects. “The gigs, the fans, the other guys in the band… it was all brilliant, but I’ve always found myself being embraced by all genre directions. Not only as a writer and a performer, but as a producer too; I’m fascinated by every part of the music-making process.” He has managed to combine both musical genres to glorious effect as can be heard on his debut solo single, ‘Can’t Stay Young (Forever )’.
Something which he has not done much of these past couple of years, and cannot wait to get back to, is playing live. “I don’t know whether it’s a subconscious pining for home, but even though I put together my band in London most of them are Irish,” Bressie laughs. “I love doing my mad scientist routine in the studio, but live in front of an audience is still what it’s all about.” There will be a lot of people delighted to have him back.
Bressie plays The Ruby Room at the Royal Theatre on Thursday October 13. Tickets are available at €15 on www.ticketmaster.ie as well as from The Royal Box Office on 0818 300 000. For further information check The Royal Theatre & Event Centre website on www.theroyal.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie