Thursday 8 December 2016

Bressie goes back to basics with Blizzards' return

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 19/12/2015 | 08:49

Bressie
Bressie

Bressie has returned to his first love, music, after a break that saw him focus on TV and become an advocate for mental health awareness.

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Voice of Ireland star Niall Breslin is back in the studio recording with his old band The Blizzards after a six-year break.

The group went their separate ways in 2009, and Bressie decided to go it alone before announcing in January last year that he was taking a step back from music.

But the former rugby player is now back in the studio with his bandmates by his side.

Fighting fit: Niall 'Bressie' Breslin
Fighting fit: Niall 'Bressie' Breslin

"Delighted to say we are back in the rehearsal room putting some new tunes together and having a bit of craic," the band told their fans on social media.

The Trust Me I'm A Doctor song-makers are said to be busy putting together a schedule of possible tour dates as they come up with new material.

The band have also set up a new Facebook page as they start to build a following again and have been posting photos with throwbacks to their heyday.

Bressie (35), who is in a long-term relationship with model Roz Purcell, will return to our TV screens next month as a regular judge on the new season of the Voice of Ireland alongside Kian Egan, Una Foden and Rachel Stevens.

Former Blizzards front man Brezzie (Niall Breslin) preforms at the Festival of Fires on the Hill of Uisneach in Co Westmeath
Former Blizzards front man Brezzie (Niall Breslin) preforms at the Festival of Fires on the Hill of Uisneach in Co Westmeath

He has also become a fierce advocate of mental health awareness, opening up about his battle with anxiety in his book, Me and My Mate Jeffrey, and landing his own show, Ironmind, for RTE2.

Bressie said earlier this year that he was eager to get into the studio again after his hunger for the music business returned.

"I didn't like playing live, I didn't like music so I stopped," he said. "Until that hunger comes back I'm not going to do it again because you have to commit to it.

"Now it's back and I kind of feel I'm missing playing live. I'm missing writing again, so I think when you're passionate about it, it makes it easier."

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