Press Release

Tom Byrne, harmonica player, will launch his debut album which features Frankie Gavin, Carl Hession and Paul O’Driscoll in the Backroom Bar at McGrory’s Hotel,  Culdaff, County Donegal on Sat 29th August 2009.

Tom grew up in England but has lived in Buncrana, Co Donegal since the early Nineties. Over the last 20 years Tom’s fascination for playing traditional music on the diatonic and chromatic harmonica and his passion and virtuosity on the instrument have astounded concert goers in Ireland and abroad, culminating in a standing ovation which he received for his performance at The Ar Ais Aris Festival in Buncrana in 2007 which was led by the renowned fiddle maestro, Frankie Gavin.

Tom’s album presents a contrast of original material such as his composition ‘Caoineadh na Neacht –Chiontach  (the Cry Of The Innocent)’ and his late father’s ‘The Sliabh Ban Waltz’ to classic hornpipes such as ‘The Poppy leaf’ and ‘Spellan’s Inspiration’ and interesting arrangements of great reels such as ‘The Musical Priest’ and ‘Trim The Velvet’. He has also recorded the beautiful melody ‘Macushla’ which was originally recorded by the wonderful tenor John McCormack. With the accompanying fiddle/viola, piano and double bass in the masterful hands of Messrs Gavin, Hession and O’Driscoll the album presents a sound rich in emotion and excitement.

The launch will take place in McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff on Sat 29th Aug at 5pm followed by a concert with Tom, Frankie Gavin, Carl Hession, Paul O’Driscoll and Ian Smith plus special guests.

For information and concert tickets contact McGrory’s Hotel, Culdaff, Co Donegal on 07493 79104


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