VOICE of Ireland judge Bressie says he elected to film a new television documentary series in Limerick because it is an “authentic place”.
The Mullingar musician - full name Niall Breslin - is fronting new three part series Bressie’s Teenage Kicks, which airs tonight on RTE.
Filmed in Limerick, it centres on the former Blizzards frontman’s attempts to put a together a band, to “find a way for teenagers from different communities across the city to come together and express themselves through music”.
Bressie said his “personal preference was Limerick” for the show’s situation.
“Through my rugby days and music days, it was always the one city that I felt has the most kind of soul to it, without sounding too cheesy - it is a very authentic place,” he told the Limerick Leader in an extensive interview to run in the paper this weekend.
“I am not from Limerick and I used to get quite pissed off at the negative press it used to get all the time. So I thought it might be worth doing something that might highlight that, that there is a lot more to the city than often media give it credit for.”
The show will air over three one hour episodes, and episode one features the audition stage, which was packed with talented singers, rappers and musicians.
Filmed over almost nine months, it has a serious subject matter at its heart.
“There is a lot to it. For me overall, I think in Ireland we have completely 100% disjointed ourselves from teenagers. We treat them like a separate species and I just find it deeply frustrating” explained Bressie.
“Music was a vehicle, for me it was never at the core of what this was, I am not going down here just to set up a band... It is actually trying to figure out how we communicate with teenagers, how do you highlight that talent can come in many different forms and personality.
“The most important thing with the whole process, was when we finished it, there was something very real and tangible there for them to build. It was so important that we had something very, very real in place, and we have achieved that,” he added.