About the songs on the new album, The Innocent by Jim Byrne

Added on Monday 13 Feb 2012

Fancy Wooden Box

A fingerpicking blues that sounds like it could have been written in the 1920s or 1930s. A prisoner contemplating his last minutes before execution; hoping to elicit your sympathy as he tells his story. The beat is supplied by Jim's brother Peter beating his arm-chair with a wooden mallet; there's home recording and then there is recording your home.

Two Empty Chairs

We are at the local village hall, where you will find music, dancing, betrayal and perhaps even murder. The music is a strange mixture of Country waltz and European oompah band. Banjo by Graham Macintosh and backing vocals by Glasgow singer songwriter Dinny.


A song by 70s guitar band Big Star (written by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell);  though in this reading it is clearly not a teenager singing of young love, Jim turns it into a wistful and sad memory. In this version, the song has a haunting feel to it.

Satisfied Mind 

A classic country song; covered by many artists in the past but Jim reworks it in his own laid-back style; echoes of The Basement tapes era Bob Dylan and the Band;  a hypnotic mix of guitar, banjo and harmonica - with harmony vocals building towards a climax.

Sand In Our Shoes

Wistful folk - memories of youth, camaraderie and innocent hopes; hippy beach life remembered - while contemplating what could be a more stressful future. This song inspired the album name and set the pace for many of the songs written for this album.

When You Bit Into That Apple

If you want drama - then this song has it in spades. There are many songs about lost love; but not many as strange and dramatic as this one. A string section racks up the emotion - Jim's vocals are particularly 'Jim Byrne like' on this track; deep, strange and direct.

You're So Sweet (Sweeter Than A Rose)

This was the last song written for the album - co-written with Pat Byrne. Mostly put together in the Bed and Breakfast we stayed in while visiting York for a few days break. I don't really know where it sprang from; though the arrangement was influenced by the Woody Allen film 'Midnight in Paris' that we went to just after the song was finished.Gorgeous and opulent backing vocals from my brother Peter. Melodic songwriting inspired by the jazz and blues of the first half of the 20th century.

You Are A Good Friend Of Mine

Cynics should avoid listening to this beautiful love song; it's one's from the heart. The arrangement provides added interest; percussion supplied by a mixure of a shoe box, Ewan MacColl CD cover and Bic pen as a drumstick.

Sleepy Head

A lullaby designed to put a baby to sleep; but it might do the same for you. Scottish Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon provides the delicate piano accompaniment.

When The Sun Shines On Me

A tale of a working man's desire to leave his job and move on to something different. This is a song for anyone who is at the point where they would like to get out of the job they are doing. This one is less Americana and more UK folk pop; from some indeterminable time in the past. The story springs from my time working for my dad in the late 1970s as a plumbers mate - and digging ditches behind the Co-operative Butchers in Clydebank.

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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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