Brendan Wade


Brendan Wade

Brendan was born in the beautiful seaside town of Wexford in the southeast of Ireland. He comes from a family full of music, and song, with Mother Mary Ross, a noted singer of light opera, and his uncle George Ross, all Ireland champion button accordion player in 1956. He learned to play Uilleann Pipes, the iconic instrument of Ireland, and as a teenager, he formed a local traditional Irish music band called Sonas, which represented Ireland at Festival Interceltique de Lorient in 1979 and 1980. Brendan was Wexford County tin whistle champion in 1976. Brendan was lead singer with rock band, Cry Before Dawn, who was voted best Irish Band at National music awards 1989 IRMA. The band went double platinum for sales of their two studio albums. The band reformed 2011, and had sellout shows in Dublin’s Vicar Street, and Wexfords Opera House. They are still active to this day, and plan a new album due 2015.

In 1996 Brendan with cowriter Paul Bell also from Wexford Town, wrote a number 1 selling EP, called the Hurling Songs. These songs are now part of Wexford hurling folklore, and are sung at various occasions including when Wexford Hurling team play. He also played with famous Dublin folk band “The Wild Colonial boys” featuring Gerry Doyle on fiddle. They played for many years in Dublin’s famous Jonnie Fox`s pub, the hight pub in Ireland, and a famous seafood restaurant. Now living in Winterthur Switzerland, Brendan continues to play Solo and with top Swiss artists. He writes Lyrics for various bands, and for the famous Zurich production studio, “The Hit Mill”

He has played most of the top venues in Switzerland, and is available for all types of events, especially Irish themed events.

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