Sold first CD on CDBaby

Added on Wednesday 31 Dec 2008

Way hay! I sold my first CD on CDBaby today ( :-) It's only one, but it proves that someone listened to the songs and liked them enough to spend their own hard-earned cash on buying the CD. I'm taking it as a good omen in these credit crunch times.

How to promote music on the web

I've been doing lots of reading about how to promote my music on the Web - and updating my website as a result. Here are a couple of ideas from my reading:

1. Find out who you sound like; because if the people who like those artists will probably also like you. I've struggled to figure out myself who I sound like, so what I've done is add a form to my website to try to find that out. On every page you will now find a single one field form that ask the question, 'What other artists would you say my music is similar to?'.

Try it yourself, the form is on the right-hand column. There is also a page that lists all the artists that people have suggested. Get back to me if suggestions about how this could be improved (either by email or by adding a comment to this blog).

2. I've added full versions of all the tracks from the album to the website. The simple idea is that there is only one route to people liking and purchasing music; hear, like, buy. Nobody buys music they haven't heard and very few people like an artists music until they have heard it a few times. In other words don't be mean with the song samples. So now every tune has all the words and a full version of the song that can be streamed directly from the site. This advice is from Andrew Dubber's New Music Strategies website.

Goodbye to the band

Last night I rehearsed with my band Loris as we are working towards a farewell gig in Nice 'n' Sleazy's (Sauchihall Street, Glasgow) on Friday the 9th of January.

When I decided on a change of musical direction, i.e. from indie rock to acoustic folk/country I took a break from the band. It looks like that break will be permanent; so if you want to catch the band this is likely to be your last chance. 5 years with Peter Byrne and Bruce Ferguson (and for the first few years David Rogers) produced plenty of great gigs, great songs and a few CDs - so thanks to Bruce and Peter for the music and fun. I wish you both the best in your new musical adventures. I feel sad that the band is ending - as we worked well together - and Loris were definitely a great live band; and both Peter and Bruce are great musicians; but I guess there is a time for everything; and right now is the time to move on to something new.

A happy new year when it comes.

All the best,

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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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