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
"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.
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
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.
For fans of Celtic music, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and other such lyrically expansive folks.