London gigs and CD news

Added on Sunday 30 May 2010

It's been a musically rich last couple of weeks; wrote some new songs (I've posted demo recordings of them to my Myspace:; played some really enjoyable gigs, including the launch of the 'Butterfly song' single, and finished the recordings for my next CD.

CD news

I needed to add fiddle to two of the tracks in my forthcoming CD (Down by the Wildwood and You don't know) - and luckily for me I found Kurt Baumer, a former Nashville Tour Fiddler. Kurt has added some fiddle magic to both tracks. I'm sure you will love what he has done; certainly I was blown away with his playing.

I've made some changes to the CD track list: the final list of songs will be:

  • It's raining outside
  • Down by the Wildwood
  • You don't know
  • Every day is sunshine
  • Can't catch the Butterfly
  • Don't go pissin' in the wind
  • Tell me you love me again
  • Always looked for the good in me
  • Black sky blues
  • Beneath these Scottish skies

The CD will be called 'Every day is sunshine' and will be released by Hillhead GWE Records. I'm excited about putting this album out, I think it's my best yet.

We need to think about a launch date, get the cover art done and think about how to promote it when it is released. If you have any ideas for spreading the word - don't keep them to yourself - or if you can help in any way it will be much appreciated.


A week past Thursday I played at the Glasgow Art Club (in Glasow obviously) and then on the Friday night I played at Blackheath Halls in London.

A particularly highlight of the Glasgow Art Club gig was Dinny singing backing vocals with me - and for the first time - singing the lead vocal on the song 'Every day is sunshine'.

Both had top-notch music from the other acts. At the Art Club I played with Jamie Flett and his brother Andy - and on the Friday the headline act was Benny Gallagher (famously part of the songwriting duo Gallagher and Lyle).

The supporting acts for the Blackheath Halls gig included Janette Geri (all the way from Australia) and Richard Llewellyn-Davies. It was a great night of music - we really enjoyed ourself. It was also nice that a few friends came along to provide support - including Mary and Alex; friends of Pat's who also put us up (or put up with us) while we were in London.

Pat has been doing all the work getting these great gigs - so thanks Pat; I wouldn't be playing anywhere at all if it was up to me. :-)

I have a few gigs coming up in Glasgow you might want to check out:

Next Wednesay 2nd June in Ivory Blacks 56 Oswald St supporting a band called Bitter Ruin

Next Friday 4th June at That Devil Music - The State Bar, Glasgow.

Be good to see you at one of these gigs.

Have a good bank holiday - and a good week.

All the best, Jim

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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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