Leixlip man Ross Breen’s song contest success

A Kildare singer songwriter has won himself a place at a music festival and studio time at Windmill Lane.

A Kildare singer songwriter has won himself a place at a music festival and studio time at Windmill Lane.

Leixlip’s Ross Breen, came out on top when judges, led by Newstalk’s Tom Dunne decided that Breen was Ireland’s best unsigned singer songwriter.

Ross’s Monet came top of the thousands of entries that the Newstalk presenter received.

He wins a day’s recording in Windmill Lane, billing at Indie-pendence Music Festival and an opening slot at a Cathy Davey gig.

Dunne started the competition after interviewing U2 Manager Paul McGuinness on his Newstalk show.

“I was blown away by both the standard of entries and the amount of people that are writing songs right now. Ireland’s future is bright,” said Dunne.

Ross’s grandfather, Kevin, from the Liberties, was a regular musician in O’ Donoghues in Dublin in the early days of the Dubliners.

On Sunday, his father, Kevin, said of Ross’s musical talents. “He has it in him.”

Kevin and Ross’s mother, Maureen, are regulars at traditional session’s in Brady’s of Dunboyne on Thursday’s and also love to head to Dublin city for gigs.

The winning song Monet was written after a school trip to the National Museum.

Ross’s song is available to hear on www.newstalk.ie

In April, his song Life Support  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.

A graduate of Colaiste Chiarain, and the Ballyfermot Rock School, Ross has guested with the likes of Bell x1, Sinead O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar winner Glen Hansard.