10 unusual facts about the singer songwriter Jim Byrne

  1. Has received an award from the king of Sweden; The Global Bangemann Challenge award for work related to web accessibility.
  2. Has American Indian blood in him - as a result of a 19th century marriage between an Irish booth boxer and a touring Cowboys and Indians show.
  3. Was a finalist in the UK wide 'Grolsch live wire' songwriting content.
  4. Worked for a time as a statistics and research methods lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  5. Worked as a computer programmer from 1979 until 1982 with a business called Computrav; programming 'mini' computers which used 12" circular storage discs that screwed in to a large cabinet.
  6. Co-wrote a song with Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet. Marti Pellow who grew up in the same town (Clydebank) and is related through his mothers sister. Has also co-wrote a song with the Jazz singer Carol Kidd MBE.
  7. Runs a web design and development business aimed at the Voluntary, public and education sector and is a specialist in accessible web design.
  8. Played guitar in the Psychadelic rock band, The Primevals.
  9. Attended Glasgow School of Art as a teenager after winning an art contest in the Glasgow Herald.
  10. Is a published author of technical books and web accessibility guides (author/editor of the current Scottish Accessible Information Forum Accessible website design guide).

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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)
  • Sounding like Johnny Cash never left Folsom prison...meditations on life that'll soon sound like old friends. Spiral Earth

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