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(8 April 2001) The first single from Bridin Brennan is entitled "Hang On" (Grapevine (Ireland) CDGPS 300, 2001). Released in anticipation of her full length album, the single includes the title track and a second vocal number entitled "Deep Deep Sleep." An instrumental version of "Hang On" is also included on the CD. Bridin is the youngest of the Brennan clan from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. Produced in Dublin by Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy, Bridin is backed by Ray Harman (guitars), Wayne Sheehy (drums) and Karen Hamill (backing vocals).

In contrast to the melancholy music of her sisters Enya and Máire, Bridin's music is evidently more accessible and pop-oriented. "Hang On" is a medium tempo track; Bridin's soft vocal textures are similar to her sisters'. The accomplished vocal delivery is obviously the result of years of backing the family band Clannad. From her management, musically very different from her siblings, she still has the unmistakable haunting voice that is peculiar to her family. This quality blended with outstanding contemporary songs looks like bringing another generation of this family to the forefront of chart music once again."

The everso gentle ballad "Deep Deep Sleep" is evocatively and sensually sung over light guitar, keyboard and percussion, and provides an enlightening contrast to the title track. Its lovely instrumental bridge and the instrumental version of "Hang On" both illustrate the superb contemporary arrangements we can expect on Bridin's forthcoming album. At this time the single is available only in Ireland yet we fully expect the album to be released worldwide. Corrs and Naimee Coleman fans alike will be keen to hear it; worth a journey, like this debut single, we anticipate the album will be a must listen!

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