“(Brendan Scott Friel) effortlessly pulls you in with a grounding sense of comfort and vulnerability – finding a perfect balance between the authenticity of folk music and a refreshing sense of sonic explorations.” – The Permanent Rain Press
In the late winter months of 2016, Brendan Scott Friel ran away. The long term relationship he was in had come to a messy end. At the same time, his band, that he had just spent most of his life’s savings on, broke up. Brendan was one dead dog away from a cliche country song. Confused and depressed, Brendan spent what little money he had left to go to Holland with just his beat up acoustic guitar and a backpack. He would spend the coming months busking across Europe and rediscovering what excited him about being a musician.
He came back that summer with a new determination and has since released two full length albums – Quiet Cars (2017) which Friel produced and recorded himself and Summer Moons (2021) which saw Brendan team up with Juno Award winning producer James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Joey Landereth, David Myles). The releases received playlist support and features from Mahogany, Exclaim!, Alex Rainbird Music, Canadian Beats and radio play on CBC, Folk Roots Radio, 93.9 the River, Virgin Radio 96.7 as well as college radio stations across Canada, Europe and the United States. His last singles “Piece of You” and “Through the Rain” landed spots on Apple Music’s “New in Singer-Songwriter” playlist. Currently Brendan is touring the east coast with his third studio album set for release in September.
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