The John Byrne Band

Celtic Band from Philadelphia, PA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick's Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. His first solo effort, After the Wake, was released to great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, Johns songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. The Band followed this up with the Folk Album "Celtic Folk" in 2013. Their live show, whether as an acoustic 4-piece featuring Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle/Cello and Accordion, or as a 7-piece which adds Bass, Drums and Guitar, effortlessly flows from a traditional sound to Celtic Rock to Americana, and can be adapted for any event. 2015 saw the release of The Immigrant and the Orphan, which entered the FolkDJ Charts at number 40 in October.

John has toured with and opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, Luka Bloom,The Saw Doctors, Dervish, The Young Dubliners, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Gaelic Storm,The Screaming Orphans, The Greencards, Patti Smyth, and Murder by Death. He has also been frequently featured on WXPN, NBC 10, FOX, WSTW and local College Radio. In 2012 John and the Band performed at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and British PM Tony Blair alongside the Irish Tenors.They continue to tour the country and play to devoted audiences all over the country. This year (2014) the band can be seen at the Valley Forge Mid-Winter Fest, The Philadelphia Fleadh, MusikFest (Bethlehem), the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Gorgas Park, FreedomFest, Saltwater Celtic Fest (Maine), The Celtic Classic and many other local festivals.

IN THE PRESS
Byrnes 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
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"John Byrne's After The Wake is the sort of album that an artist spends their entire career trying to create....mix splendid story-telling skills, top-notch musicianship, and a grand creative sense... After The Wake is nothing short of a brilliant collection" - Wildy's World
One of the few musical artists today who manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Up and coming Trad star hits the sweet spot.. beautifully played.. its Byrnes natural vocal delivery that makes the album stand out from the crowd
Hot Press
Hes 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.
Record-Journal Newspaper
For fans of Celtic music, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and other such lyrically expansive folks.
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Wedding Reception

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John was wonderful. We really enjoyed listening to his music. He has an awesome voice. He was the highlight of our event.

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Private Party

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John and Maura played the night after my wedding in an hired house. It was absolutely incredible - the selection of songs was perfect for the crowd (traditional Irish), they got the vibe straight away and for me it was a memorable night. They invited people to sing and dance (regardless of standard!) which was brilliant. John is not just a talented performer but a quality songwriter and I have since travelled to see him perform in Philadelphia and have his albums on repeat in the car. I cannot recommend John enough whether full blown band or a couple for an intimate occasion.

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Memorial Service

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They were fantastic! Everyone said how wonderful and talented they were. They made a sad event much more a celebration of my mom's life. Thank you for that!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Jul
28
Family Reunion
Albrightsville, PA
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Dec
30
Wedding Reception
Blue Bell, PA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Nov
19
Private Party
Seaside Park, NJ
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Jul
17
Memorial Service
Glen Rock, NJ
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2016
Nov
5
Wedding Ceremony
Lambertville, NJ
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Aug
14
Anniversary Party
Atlantic City, NJ
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
2016
Jul
14
Wedding Reception
Maplewood, NJ
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Black Velvet Band
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Dirty Ole Town
Ewan McColl (arranged by the Pogues)
Back Home in Derry
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Leaving of Liverpool
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Poor Paddy
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
The Irish Rover
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Wild Mountain Tyme
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Raggle Taggle Gypsy
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Nancy Whiskey
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Finnegans Wake
Trad Irish (arranged by John Byrne Band)
Celtic Band
Irish Band
Acoustic Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note The John Byrne Band will also travel to Langhorne, Trevose, Bensalem, Bryn Athyn, Feasterville Trevose, Huntingdon Valley, Beverly, Croydon, Holland, Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Levittown, Riverside, Riverton, Bristol, Elkins Park, Hatboro, Palmyra, Richboro, Warminster, Willow Grove, Wyncote, Burlington, Glenside, Willingboro, Dresher, Fairless Hills, Horsham, Moorestown.
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