The last few years have marked quite a journey in the musical life of Tom Byrne culminating on 29.08.09 in the release of his first album ‘Tom Byrne’.

From his early upbringing in Crewe, his life in England and Donegal, it’s a life in which music has been his all - consuming passion.

In his debut CD, Tom is joined by the legendary Frankie Gavin on fiddle and viola, Carl Hession on piano, Paul O’Driscoll on double bass and Laurence Doherty on snare-drum to present a recording rich in sound and texture. Frankie Gavin has also produced the album, which features a mixture of haunting melodies including Tom’s stunning composition “Caoineadh na Neamh – Chiontach” (The Cry of The Innocent), and his father’s beautiful waltz, “The Sliabh Ban Waltz”. 

In addition, there are selections of high - powered dance tunes played with authority, passion and panache featuring Tom and also in duet with Frankie, which are guaranteed to put a stride in your step.

Tom was born 26.2.58 in Nantwich, Cheshire and spent his formative years in Crewe attending St Mary’s Junior School and then St Joseph’s Grammar School in Stoke – On –Trent. On finishing school he attended Newman College in Bartley Green Birmingham and subsequently Oxford Polytechnic and qualified as a teacher.

Music was at the centre of family life in the Byrne house and Tom’s earliest memories are filled with songs and tunes of all types. Tom’s mother was Bridie Canning from Magilligan in Co Derry. She encouraged Tom from a young age to play and was always extremely supportive. The tradition of music was very strong in particular on Tom’s father’s side of the family: the Doherty’s from Malin Head and the Byrne’s from Kilcar. Tom’s father Paddy was naturally creative and fiercely passionate in his interests. He played fiddle and accordion but he was also a singer, poet, writer, storyteller and composer with a limitless enthusiasm for music. Paddy’s mother and father (Tom’s grandparents) both came from very musical homes in areas which were steeped in music. Katie Doherty (Paddy’s mother) was a lovely singer and her brothers Pat and Willy and sister Nellie were all accordion players. Malin Head and indeed the whole Inishowen Peninsula was an area alive with music and the famous John Donovan (singer and fiddler) was a close friend of Tom’s father Paddy.


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