JIm Byrne: Trip to Italy inspires debut album

Photo: jim byrne cd cover. After an Italian Road to Damascus experience in June this year, at a Chris Difford songwriting workshop, Glasgow songwriter Jim Byrne has been forging a new path as a solo artist and his album 'On these Dark Nights' will be launched on 12th December at The Hidden Lane Cafe, Finnieston, Glasgow (6pm until 9pm).

Jim has a distinctive style that has been described as "contemporary folk, alternative country and laconic, acoustic blues.' Having played with various bands in Glasgow and Clydebank (Jim's hometown), including: Loris, The Hemingways, The Primevals and Dexter Slim and the Pickups, Jim has many years experience playing in rock and pop bands. He also achieved some claim to fame as the person who gave Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand his first gig, when he established Glasgow's cult music venue, The Kazoo Club in the late 80's.

Jim has a busy schedule lined up beyond this year with the New Year Hooley at The Liquid Ship, gigs with Sound of the Suburbs Promotions in Glasgow's West End, and Paisley Art Centre. Europe also beckons and he's been invited to perform at venues in Ireland, Germany and Holland so already looking good for the year ahead.

12 Dec 2008 20:00 The Hidden Lane Cafe - CD Launch with Acoustic Butterfly and Aidan MacEoin, Glasgow

15 Dec 2008 20:00 The John Hewitt, Belfast, Northern Ireland

16 Dec 2008 20:00 Halo Cafe, Derry, Northern Ireland

2 Jan 2009 20:00 New Year Hooley at The Liquid Ship with Hercules Mandarin, Glasgow

6 Jan 2009 20:00 Paisley Unplugged, Paisley Arts Centre, Redss Bar, New Street, Paisley, Scotland

17 Jan 2009 20:00 Woodend Bowling Club with Scott MacDonald and Jay Brown, Glasgow

22 Jan 2009 20:00 The Quiet Riot, The Drawing Room, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

24 Jan 2009 15:00 Borders Bookshop, Glasgow

1 Feb 2009 14:00 Jinty McGuinty's Ashton Lane Glasgow West end, Sunday Afternoon, Glasgow

18 Apr 2009 20:00 Clydebank Town Hall, with The Viragoes, RebelSoul and Big Hand, Clydebank, Scotland


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