Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist. Member of the Juno Award-winning band, The Bros. Landreth.
A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.
Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. They also won a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie. Several years after accepting that award, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.
How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences - including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more - along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice.
"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument."
Briony O' Toole
Laois born singer-songwriter Briony O'Toole sings soul and jazz by bringing the voices of the past into a new world. Combing lyrical deftness and musical skill her songs tell the stories of the ages, delivered with unique skill. The greatest craft of a singer or musician is the ability to narrate stories and emotions and the partnership between Briony and Chris McDonald (Bear Bojack) combine to create a paradise of story telling and musical élan.
Classical jazz, great music and authenticity are the by-words for quality and Briony works these elements into a sound that is dulcet, versatile and interesting. Since graduating from the Cork School of Music Briony has been involved with many projects, making that essential journey to discover the sound she needs to sing.
Collaborating with Chris, creating nouveau-jazz magic the sound created is both authentic and original. Briony and Chris are in the process of writing an album and plan to record this summer. Passion and honesty unite in a small sampling of original songs to entertain the ear and remain in the minds of the listeners.