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Music and lyrics by Jim Byrne and Carol Kidd MBE

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I smell the smoke of the campfire
gyspy music playing
soft as a whisper
drifting through the air

memories of my childhood
down by the wildwood
I see a travellers camp
and it takes me back there

I still hear the music playing soft within my soul
those gypsy violins still play
gentle voices I can hear them now
I carry them with me to this day

I saw the colours of the rainbow
in the dress that she wore
those jingle jangle sounds
as she danced across the floor

the fire was reflected
so clearly in his eyes
this was a love
no child could ever realise

I still hear the music playing soft within my soul
those gypsy violins still play
those gentle voices I can hear them now
I carry them with me to this day

so I followed that old moon
humming my old gypsy tune
a haunting childhood memory
planted deep inside of me

planted deep inside of me
planted deep inside of me
planted deep inside of me

Jim Byrne: vocal, guitar, bass, percussion. Dexter Slim: piano. Graham MacKintosh: lead guitar. Chris Barrett: backing vocals. Fiddle: Kurt Baumer.

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What the critics said about 'Every day is sunshine' by Jim Byrne.

  • "a heady and exotic mix. " Q Magazine.
  • "..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
  • Album of the week on Celtic Music Radio
  • Added to 'God's Jukebox' on Radio Two Mark Lamarr show
  • "A beautifully produced collection of Americana" The Daily Record. Four Stars
  • "Great record... a complete, compelling listen. ", Adam Levy (Songwriter/artist, guitarist with Nora Jones)
  • "ten beautiful, atmospheric songs..", Folk, Blues and beyond
  • "a fresh, original album", Eilidh Patterson (singer songwriter, vocalist with Beth Nielsen Chapman)
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