10 facts you didn't know about the singer songwriter Jim Byrne

Added on Thursday 12 May 2011

  1. Played guitar in the Psychadelic rock band, The Primevals.
  2. 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.
  3. Has American Indian blood in him - as a result of through a turn of the 19th century marriage between an Irish booth boxer and a touring Cowboys and Indians show.
  4. Was a runner up in the UK 'Grolsch live wire' songwriting content.
  5. Attended Glasgow School of Art as a teenager after winning an art contest in the Glasgow Herald.
  6. Has received an award from the king of Sweden; The Global Bangemann Challenge award for work related to web accessibility.
  7. Is a published author of technical books and web accessibility guides (author/editor of the current Scottish Accessible Information Forum Accessible website design guide).
  8. Worked for a time as a statistics and research methods lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  9. 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 cabinet.
  10. Runs a web design and development business aimed at the Voluntary, public and education sector and is a specialist in accessible web design.

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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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