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Dave Arcari album launch – Live At Memorial Hall

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Jim and I had a brilliant time this evening (Thursday, 24 August, 2017) at the Scottish Music Centre for the media launch of Dave Arcari’s new album ‘Live at Memorial Hall’. Sponsored by Glengoyne Distillery, it was a very enjoyable event with delicious nibbles served along with nips of Glengoyne and kilt lifters, Glengoyne, Drambuie […]

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Oxfam Music Shop Byres Road

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Since 2002 Oxfam Music has been selling a wide array of vinyl LPs and singles from every conceivable genre of music. You can also find a range of musical instruments, hi fi equipment, music books, cassettes, CDs, pop memorabilia and many other items of a musical nature.  Everything is kindly donated by the local community. […]

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Raging Twilight Album Launch 7July, 2017 – Review by Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

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‘Jack Law and his henchmen turned in a fine performance to a capacity crowd in the Southside’s Glad Cafe last Friday as they presented their first album to the public. The album, reviewed here, is a fine collection of songs with a definite American bent with many of Law’s lyrics inspired by recent trips to […]

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Kittlin Album Launch, West End Festival, 23 June, 2017

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Kelvinside Hillhead Church, Saltoun St, Glasgow G12 9AR 23 June, 2017 7.30 p.m. Part of West End Festival  www.westendfestival.co.uk West End Festival

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LIV On in Concert with Olivia-Newton John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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LIV ON in Concert Celtic Connections 2017 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 24 January – review by Pauline Keightley A hopeful and life-embracing evening of song to lift the spirits.  Australian, American and Canadian, singer songwriters Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky shared their personal journeys of grief in song from their collaborative LIV […]

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Glasgow Open Mic for Songwriters, Gallery of Modern Art, Last Thursday Every Month

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5:15pm till 7:30pm. Open Mic Specifically for Song Writers – a platform to showcase your original material in a quiet environment, where people listen to the music. Come along to GOMA – last Thursday every month. Hosted by Ernesto GOMARoyal Exchange Square,111 Queen Street,GlasgowG1 3AH ·0141 287 3050 Numbers are limited to so advisable to […]

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Ten Writers Telling Lies Gigs in West End Festival

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As part of the West End Festival I’m participating in the ‘Ten Writers Telling Lies’ project – playing music at the events along with guitarist Graham Mackintosh and singer Elaine Fleming. There are three dates to put in your diary: Waterstones, Byres Road on Wednesday 8th June 7.30 p.m. Siempre Bicycle Cafe, Partick, Wednesday 15th June, 7.30 p.m. The […]

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Gig at Big Sparra Vinyl Ayr, Sunday 3rd April 2pm. FREE

I'm playing support to  Mike Hastings (of Trembling Bells) next Sunday a Big Sparra Vinyl in Ayr. It is a rare solo outing for myself. I'm expecting it will be a great wee gig; not just Mike Hasting but also Alan Frew 🙂 I've shared a stage with Alan on quite a few occasions – […]

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Signed at last! Now it’s time to give my music to the masses

Jim Byrne & The Blackwoods

Hi music fans with great taste, If you play music for long enough more or less everything will happen at some point – whether it be playing at the famous Bitter End in New York, having a tune on an album by Marti Pellow or co-writing a song with Jazz legend Carol Kidd. So I […]

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Colonsay Folk Festival

We’re planning to take a trip to Colonsay in September when the island’s very first folk festival will take place from 18th – 21st September. Sounds like lots of fun with local artists participating in sessions like ‘Teuchters do Dylan’ and the chance to see some major attractions, including: Rallion, Karine Polwart and her band […]

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Jim Byrne on Camglen Radio at 6pm Monday evening, Oct 12: It’s All About Folk with Danny Matheson

Jim Byrne on Camglen Radio at 6pm Monday evening, Oct 12: It’s All About Folk with Danny Matheson Tune in to Camglen Radio Monday evening at 6pm to hear me being amusing and witty as I chat about music with Danny Matheson. You may or may not know I’ve been busy releasing anabsolutely brilliant EP […]

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Gigs: Jim Byrne at South Side Sessions and Bearpit EP launch

I've got a couple of gigs coming up in the new few weeks; a solo gig as part of the Southside Sessions and a launch gig to for the new Bearpit Brothers EP. I'll be playing at the Southside Sessions on 6th August: Sweeney's On The Park 962 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2ET Entry is […]

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NICK TURNER & DAMAGED GOODZ “The Hangman” Single Download May Day

NICK TURNER & DAMAGED GOODZ “The Hangman” Single Download Release Date Friday 1st May   Also “The Hangman” You Tube video release   Producer Nick Turner and Scottish HIP HOP pioneer DAMAGED GOODZ release “The Hangman” This one-off single release is based on Maurice Ogden’s 1950 poem of the same name. Perceived by many as […]

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New album: ‘Music for String Quartet, Piano & Celeste’ by Francis Macdonald

(Photo by Niall Webster) New album by Francis Macdonald from Teenage Fanclub ‘Music for String Quartet, Piano & Celeste’ Featuring musicians from the renowned Scottish Ensemble CD, Digital and Limited Edition 12” White Vinyl LP – Monday 30th March 2015 “Sublime, minimal classical music” (CLASSIC FM) Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer and songwriter Francis Macdonald drums with […]

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Jim Byrne releases Christmas single: For We Are Born…

My Christmas single will be available as a download from Bandcamp and CDBaby from 10 December, 2014: it’s a rootsy/folk/pop based sound and features the backing vocals of the traditional folk singers The Linties (which I recorded in the 11th century Newbattle Abbey). The song is a bit unusual (not Slade; it’s more contemplative than […]

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Marti Pellow records song co-written with Jim Byrne for his new album, Boulevard Of Life

Marti Pellow Boulevard of life

Thanks Marti Pellow I’ve always thought of myself as primarily a songwriter so I was very happy to learn that Marti Pellow has included a song I co-wrote with him on his new album. The Album is called ‘Boulevard Of Life’ and the song is called ‘Lay with Me’. You can have a listen right […]

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Noakes and Barbara Dickson – Milngavie Folk Club May 2014, Review Pauline Keightley

Rab Noakes and Barbara Dickson – Milngavie Folk Club May 2014 Songs by Rab, songs by Barbara. Songs together. Rab and Barbara gave us a real treat with a showcase gig of their favourite songs. They both looked well, Rab in a smart suit and Barbara glamorous in black. They clearly enjoyed sharing the stage […]

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Bar stool philosopher: Songwriting for people who will never have a hit

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Lots of people write songs; most of those songs will be heard by one or 2 people or maybe a few hundred. I’m one of those people. So for most songwriters there is a need to redefine songwriting – away from the notion that you are trying to write a hit or trying to learn […]

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The forgotten life: Part 2: Working, not working, half working

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First job: Working the Whisky line In the late 1970’s I worked on the line in the whisky bottling plant in Drumchapel; I got the job because my dad was the onsite plumber. For the first few weeks, as a soft man in a world of hard men, I had my life threatened daily. I […]

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Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014. Review by Pauline Keightley

 Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014  Lyla took to the Nice N Sleazy stage after a fine set by Scottish duo Turtles, who have a strong front singer and play powerful electronic melodic post rock. Worth checking out. Lyla sang her memorable songs in her subtle haunting country voice, along with her backing […]

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Dick Gaughan at Milngavie Folk Club, 22nd March, 2014, review by Pauline Keightley

Dick Gaughan Milngavie Folk Club 22nd March 2014   The folk club was busy for Gaughan’s return gig with both younger and older fans in the audience. Dick Gaughan is a Scottish traditional folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. He sings of Scottish heroes and of stories of our lost past. He has been playing the […]

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The Muse at St Louis, Literature and Music, Glasgow: Lesley Riddoch 19th February

Lesley Riddoch discussing her book Blossom, What Scotland Needs to Flourish Wednesday 19th February 8 p.m. Host Linda Jackson Music from Jim Byrne St Louis Bar and Cafe, 734 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, Glasgow City G11 6RD St Louis Website

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Mogwai: Concert Hall Celtic Connections 2014

 When I arrived at the concert hall it was very unusual to see the place busy with thirty something rock and indie fans rather than the older audience that more often attend Celtic gigs.  The air was full of anticipation as people waied for this iconic Glasgow band.  This was a gig of two parts […]

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Review: Live Music Glasgow – Burns Night Special at The Roxy171

Burns Night Special at The Roxy171 Martin Stephenson, Scott MacDonald, The Optimystics and Jim Byrne Scott MacDonald pulled together a great night at the Roxy 171 on Saturday 25th January, 2014.  It was anything but a traditional Burns Night but I reckon the Bard would have enjoyed the party. Jim (that’s Jim Byrne) was up […]

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Celtic Connections 2014: Del Amitri Reunion Gig, The Glasgow Hydro – review P. Keightley

Del Amitri Reunion Gig review by Pauline Keightley After a twelve year break this reunion gig, by Del Amitir, one of Glasgow’s favourite bands, kicked off a twelve date tour. Celtic Connections’ biggest show so far – it attracted a crowd of over 8.000. It was also the first Celtic Connection gig to take place […]

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Celtic Connections 2014: Roaming Roots Revue – review by P. Keightley

Roaming Roots Review by Pauline Keightley I was at a Laurel Canyon concert Sunday, such great songs came out of this era – and this was all about the young people keeping the groove alive today….  The concert was a journey with through the California sounds of Laurel Canyon with some of the newer Scottish […]

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Gig by Jim Byrn eat The Roxy, Bearpit Brothers EP available now

Solo Gig: Roxi, 25th January 2014 I’m playing on the 25th of this month as ‘special guest’ of Martin Stephenson and Scott MacDonald in the Roxy, Great Western Road, Glasgow. It all kicks off at 8pm. I can’t wait to strap my guitar on and play some finger-pickin’ acoustic music again. It’s all go – for […]

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Bearpit Brothers music: pre-order the CD: launch imminent

The release of the Bearpit Brothers 4 track EP is rushing towards us (23rd of November at The Glad Cafe). This is a music project I’m involved with with long-term friends and musicians Robert Ruthven and Lawrence Alexander (read more here). You can pre-order the CD before it’s release to get it before anyone else […]

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The Outside Track and Jim Byrne: Linlithgow Folk Festival 2013

Headline Concert – The Outside Track Support: Jim Byrne Saturday, 14th September, 2013 – The Academy Jim has often played at Linlithgow, on the Nora Devine Outside Stage and also at the Canal Festival. We’ve made many trips to Linlithgow and always have great fun. The people are warm-hearted, they love their music and audiences […]

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Gig on Thursday evening Cotton Candy Music Club at The Dram, Woodlands Road, Glasgow

I’m playing a gig on Thursday (22nd August) at The Cotton Candy Music Club, in The Dram on Woodlands Road, Glasgow. I’ll be on the bill with Mark Copeland, Diane Jardine and Safetynett Flett. Big talents – I’m already a fan. More info. Bearpit Brothers get ready to bite I’ve been a bit quiet on […]

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