Emerging from the verdant landscapes of County Offaly, Ireland, folk/ballad singer-songwriter Wayne Brereton stitches tales of resilience, drawing upon the deep cultural wells of his homeland and his personal trials.
From the Heart of Ireland Emerges a Story of Grit, Wrapped in Beautiful Ballads and Infused with the Spirit of Traditional Irish Folk.
Brereton’s music is a magnificent tapestry woven from the influences of his father (a multi-instrumentalist himself), the resonant vocals of Luke Kelly and Sean Keane, the folk charm of Shane McGowan, and the expressive lyrics of Christy Moore.
His style is as intricate as Irish lace, as moving as a Gaelic song, and as welcoming as an Irish bar, yet it is unmistakably his own.
Brereton is not just a talented musician, but also a wealth of knowledge about Irish history and customs. He speaks Gaelic well and has an interesting history as a prison tour guide, making him a walking representation of Ireland’s cultural legacy.
Brereton, who was energetic and musically talented, had a huge challenge in life. In 2020, the previously implanted valve failed, bringing a sudden end to his active lifestyle due to a congenital heart ailment requiring rapid treatment. It’s possible that many people would have kept quiet due to fear of contracting the epidemic and the resulting isolation. Not Brereton however.
His determination to publish “The Robin’s Call” through thick and thin helped him persevere through difficult times. In February of 2021, he went back to the studio to record. The title is a homage to his grandparents, who held the robin in high regard for its hardiness and perseverance and thought it was a sign of a departed loved one checking in.
With ‘The Robin’s Call,’ Wayne Brereton defies expectations in the same way that a feisty Robin would. His music is an emotional reflection of his life’s journey, which was distinguished by hardship, perseverance, and firm adherence to his heritage.
This national hero, who has already inspired many people with his courage and talent, is sure to further raise the bar for Irish music.
What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
Passion and determination to play and produce music and the drive I have despite the health obstacles life throws at me.
What is your creative process when making music?
The composition process is often a fluid process, but the feel for the song and the vibe that justifies the song is essential and I have a connection with it.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I have been Making Music since I was 14, My Dad always sang and thought us to sing and find a love of music that makes us feel good.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?
I’m still facing those challenges as an independent artist, luck plays a huge part in the music industry but drive and passion for what you do will always outweigh the setbacks and everything you have achieved through your own hard work cannot be taken from you.
What streaming sites do you think offer the most value to a band?
Bandcamp because as an independent artist, you have control
How do you think social media or the internet has affected the music scene in your country?
Badly. It trend has driven now and not heart and emotion-driven
and those in power, but it is music
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career?
They are Fully Supportive and encouraging as they have always been
What does your current song mean to you?
How the world use to be but in many ways still the same.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
always be true to yourself and make your voice heard