Host Recommendations: 12 Member since: 2011-07-04 Home: Philadelphia, PA, US Frequently Tours: Yes, solo and with accompaniment. # of Members: 3 or more Sound Equipment: Available if needed Main Instrument: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Other Instruments: Banjo, Violin, Cello, Bodhran Genre: Folk, Americana, Irish Style: Mellow Upbeat Content: Storyteller Rating: G - PG
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"After The Wake"
Here is what the critics are saying:
“One of the few musical artists today who truly manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.”
“Up and coming Trad star hits the sweet spot… beautifully played… its Byrne’s natural vocal delivery that makes the album stand out from the crowd”
“He’s good, period, with material that’s edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.”
Philadelphia Daily News
“After the Wake is the perfect combination of Celtic and American folk music.”
“Amazing tales of life and semi-autobiographical tunes… You’ll want to listen over and over again.”
“Byrne’s songs are rich with the sounds and themes of Irish tradition, one that survives in a modern world… full of “raw strength”… an impressive work throughout… puts me in mind of an Irish Alejandro Escavedo”
“Great songwriting delivered with the aplomb of a master carver of tales… John Byrne’s After the Wake is the sort of album that an artist spends their entire career trying to make… nothing short of a brilliant collection.
For “fans of Celtic music, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and other such lyrically expansive folks.”
Recommendations from hosts
March, 2015 - "John Byrne and his bandmate, Andy Keenan, delighted us with an evening of phenomenal Celtic music. Some of the songs were traditional, some were original. Great guitar playing, sweet vocals, and everybody was fascinated with the rhythm kept by John...
The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick's Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. Their album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes...