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Ten Writers Telling Lies Gigs in West End Festival

Ten Writers Telling lies

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

trainstationspain

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

Wobbly Pallettes

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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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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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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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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Gig: Jim Byrne at The Glad Cafe Sunday 28th April

Gig at Glad Cafe Sunday 28th April Having taken a break from gigging lately I was very pleased to be asked to play at the Americana night at the Glad Cafe on the South Side of Glasgow. Good things are being said about both the venue and the people who run it – so it […]

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