Jim's acoustic music adventures

Photo: jim byrne every day is sunshine. Acoustic alt country and Scottish contemporary folk music by Jim Byrne


Jim Byrne is a singer and songwriter from Glasgow influenced by americana, folk, country and blues music (with pop and punk thrown in for good measure). Acoustic, bluesy Scottish contemporary folk and alternative country style songs of love, heartbreak and the Scottish weather. More information at Download two free songs from Jim Byrne – Folk, blues and Americana music website.

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 Gibson Street Gala on Sunday 19th June at 2.30 p.m. in Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane.

Ten Writers Telling Lies is a collaborative project between myself and some of Glasgow’s most talented writers.  In prose and poetry the writers will capture the story of a song I have co-written with them. In early 2017 this will culminate in the production of a CD and complementary book.

The writers and poets taking part in the project include: Calum Maclean, Gillian Mayes, James Carson, James Connarty, Micheal Norton, Pat Byrne, Pauline Lynch,  Samina Chaudry, Stephanie Brown and Stephen Watt.

I hope to see you at one of the events. 🙂

All the best,

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

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

Jim Byrne Singer SongwriterI'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 – always great songs, great guitar playing and great singing.

And it's all FREE! Starts at 2pm.

See you there.


Big Sparra Vinyl
7 New Bridge Street, Ka7 1jx Ayr
Ten Writers Telling Lies Gigs in West End Festival
Signed at last! Now it's time to give my music to the masses

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 guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when an email arrived enquiring about licensing my songs for film and tv.

A week after that email and I’m now represented by GoDIY Records. Excuse me, I’d best get on so I can concentrate my efforts on the writing that next Bond theme. 🙂

What next? I guess I can expect a hit record soon.

All the best,


Photo above is by Sabine Kocem

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

Jim Byrne Album, Every Day Is SunshineJim 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 called, Something Cruel with the Bearpit Brothers which has been great fun; the brothers are mega music talents.

However, that hasn’t stopped me working on my own stuff – I’ve got a lot of new songs recorded; and  in my humble opinion they are best songs I’ve ever recorded. 🙂

Also on the horizon is a project that involves me collaborating with a load of talented writers. So, exciting times ahead.

6pm:  It’s All About Folk with Danny Matheson:
Camglen Radio

Tune in here Camglen Radio:

More information about Danny Matheson and his show here:

Facebook: Add your comments and feedback during the show:

Get in touch, I’ll be happy to hear from you. 🙂

All the best,

Signed at last! Now it's time to give my music to the masses
Gigs: Jim Byrne at South Side Sessions and Bearpit EP launch

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,
G41 2ET

Entry is free and it starts at 8.30pm.
Also on the bill will be Kevin Campbell, Jodie Waite and Tom Snowball.

Bearpit Brothers EP Launch

Bearpit Brothers launch their second EP, 'Something Cruel' in the Glad Cafe on 22nd of August.

"Although heavily influenced by early 60s 'beat' sounds they are a 'thoroughly modern' group – with a literate, quirky approach. Think early Beatles having a fight with Richard Hawley. "

"exquisite guitar duelings with twang and reverb battling away." Blabber 'n' Smoke.

"A rare chance to see the hugely entertaining Bearpit Brothers perform live, simply not to be missed."

Support will be from the super talented singer songwriter Ryan Morcombe and poet Stephen Watt.

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickts or at the door on the night: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1905333

I hope to see you at one of these gigs or both. 🙂


Jim Byrne on Camglen Radio at 6pm Monday evening, Oct 12: It's All About Folk with Danny Matheson
Jim Byrne releases Christmas single: For We Are Born...

Jim's acoustic music adventures

Sunday 10 Feb 2013

Collaboration, Songwriting and Remixing

Lots of interesting projects going on at the moment; collaborations with people more talented than myself, new songs getting written and old songs getting remixed (free downloads at foot of this page).

I'm working with Robert Ruthven and Lawrence Alexander on our 'Bearpit Brothers' project. It's been slow but we are getting there. Two songs are more or less finished, another is being recorded right now and there is yet another that Robert is working on an arrangement for. Every one of them sounds great to me. I think you'll really love them. If you can imagine a mix of 1950's Rock n Roll, and Roy Orbison 60's Pop you'll not be that far away.

I recently had a fun day out recording at the magnificent Newbattle Abbey (build in the 11th century) with the Scottish Folk band, The Linties. Morag, Iyaah and Stuart did backing vocals on a new song of mine. The nicest most generous people you could meet; and great singers too. :-) Check them out at linties.co.uk

I've also been learning some new recording techniques and finding out how to make more 'avant-garde' music with classical composer Cluny Strachan. Cluny teaches composition at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as composing music for film and television. A smart and talented man.

A New Song: Promise That We'll Meet Again

I've written a new song called, Promise That We'll Meet Again. I wrote it as a gift to the Linties for helping me out; though reading the lyrics it's clearly connected to my mother, who passed away just before Christmas. We miss her - and always will.

Lyrics for Promise That We'll Meet Again:

Take these broken beads from my hand
Take this golden thread
Carry them with your wherever you go
and promise that we'll meet again

Spirals and spires and chapels of stone
Brothers and sisters our own
the choir is singing for those who have gone
they sing
promise that we'll meet again
promise that we'll meet again.

hold in your hand the stones and the? earth
try to follow the tracer of love now gone
talk of a silence that's deep in our heart
Peter and Rose Christina and John

So take these poems I've written for you
take these lessons learned
And we'll walk down the old road where the blackberries grow
and we'll promise that we'll meet again
and we'll promise that we'll meet again
yes we'll promise that we'll meet again

You can listen to the song here:
reverbnation-promise that we'll meet again

Songs to download

I've worked on a couple of new mixes of some songs from previous album. Feel free to download them.

Both 'Black Sky Blues' and 'Every Day Is Sunshine (I can relate to a man who's a sinner)' are available to download from my Reverbnation page: reverbnation.com/jimbyrne

You will need to register to download them.

Speak soon, Jim

** The Innocent

"Congratulations Jim on a wonderful album The Innocent - having a wee listen now and am very touched by your sincerity throughout the album, Loving all the songs but really like Sand in our Shoes (loving your guitar playing too Jim) The more I play it, the more I'm enjoying it Jim, well done again for this musical masterpiece." Bernie Devlin

Buy on iTunes

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** Every Day Is Sunshine

"..full of cinematic turns of phrase, dressed up in alluring melodies delivered by some of the most respected players on the modern-day Celtic Folk scene." UNCUT!

Buy on iTunes

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Friday 30 Nov 2012

Charity Event and Christmas Sale

Charity Events: Twelve Days of Christmas

Events for Charities are pleased to be putting on a Christmas event in Aid of the Ex-Service Men and Woman of Erskine Hospital and The Children of Yorkhill Hospital and CHAS over the first twelve days of December 2012. A great line up of acoustic artists featuring Jim Byrne & The Blackwoods, Average Andy, End of Neil and Danielle Turner.

Events for Charities Avant Garde 34 King Street Glasgow G1 5QT

Come along, it will be a great night for a great cause.

Photo: the innocent. Christmas music sale

All my albums are in my Christmas sale; every album only £4.95 including his new album, The Innocent. Any one will be a great Christmas gifts for music lovers :-)

There are great songs on these albums: 'The Handle's Broken On My Cup' 'On These Dark Nights', 'Down By The Wildwood' has proved to be a live favourite from 'Every Day is Sunshine' and my latest album, 'The Innocent' is chock full of well loved songs: 'Sweeter Than A Rose', 'You Are A Good Friend of Mine', 'Fancy Wooden Box', 'Sand In Our Shoes', 'Thirteen'.

All these albums have had great reviews. Buy now while stocks last. Both On these Dark Nights and Every Day is Sunshine are fast disappearing. Get your copy before it's too late. Buy now direct from site to get this great deal

Keep well.
All the best,

Weblog archive

Supporting Benny Gallagher: Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

Busy, busy - recording and gigs: Friday 26 Oct 2012

Sand in our shoes featuring Peter Byrne on backing vocals: Saturday 14 Apr 2012

LOVEmusic Saturday 24th March: Friday 23 Mar 2012

The Innocent new album: Friday 9 Mar 2012

My Song for Valentine Day: Tuesday 14 Feb 2012

Gig and CD update: Friday 30 Dec 2011

Recording update: Monday 5 Sep 2011

Parkins Place - Saturday 3rd September: Thursday 1 Sep 2011

A trip to New York City and Canada: Thursday 1 Sep 2011

Jim Byrne and The Blackwoods: Saturday 21 May 2011

10 facts you didn't know about the singer songwriter Jim Byrne: Friday 13 May 2011

Gig at Irvine Folk Club: Tuesday 5 Apr 2011

Who are my real musical influences?: Monday 28 Feb 2011

Criterion Gig rescheduled for Thursday 24th February: Wednesday 2 Feb 2011

First Gig of 2011: The Criterion Cafe, Partick: Thursday 27 Jan 2011

Gig at Brel on 7th November and CD Reviews: Thursday 4 Nov 2010

CD launch party: Every day is sunshine: Thursday 19 Aug 2010

The road to the new CD - 22nd July: Sunday 1 Aug 2010

5th June - Chords: Sunday 1 Aug 2010

30th May London Gigs: Sunday 1 Aug 2010

Acoustic guitar pickers corner: beginners tips: Tuesday 11 May 2010

Career Lowlights: Thursday 28 Jan 2010

California Calling: Tuesday 19 Jan 2010

The Bluesbunny reviews Liquid Ship gig: Thursday 31 Dec 2009

I'll Be A Blue Christmas Without You: Monday 28 Dec 2009

Featured in The Clydebank Post: Monday 28 Dec 2009

It's Raining Outside: Monday 28 Dec 2009

Can't Catch The Butterfly: Monday 28 Dec 2009

Interview by Helen St Helen: Monday 28 Dec 2009

Sound problems in France, playing at Leith Folk club and making movies: Thursday 8 Oct 2009

Reflecting on Otis Gibbs, The Moonshiners and Hans Theessink: Friday 22 May 2009

Reflecting on Otis Gibbs, The Moonshiners and Hans Theesingk: Thursday 21 May 2009

Otis Gibbs, Moniaive Folk Festival and New Song.: Wednesday 13 May 2009

On the radion, playing live and learning to record: Friday 8 May 2009

Playing this Friday (6th) with Andi Neate at Woodend Bowling Club: Wednesday 4 Mar 2009

Songwriting and radio interview: Wednesday 4 Mar 2009

Review of On these dark nights by The Letter: Wednesday 4 Mar 2009

On these dark nights reviewed on Spiral Earth website: Wednesday 4 Mar 2009

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