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"This album is damn-sharp for a debut and has a fabulous production value. My highlight of the experience is Byrne’s original tune “Caoineadh na Neamh-Chiontach” (The Cry Of The Innocent) – which surely belongs on soundtrack somewhere"
Martin Roddy, Irish Music Magazine, April 2010 Read article
 

"There aren't many Irish harmonica players better than Tom Byrne, and he has an enviable combination of Scots snap with Sean Maguire showmanship and his own special swing"
Alex Monaghan, Folk World issue 41, March 2010 Read article
 

"It's admirable how easy he makes his talent seem. Watching how naturally he floats between the accordion and harmonica"
Aoife Hegarty, Donegal Democrat, September 09 Read article


"It was pure magic. Theirs was a moving, entertaining and exhilarating set, that drove the audience wild"
Sue Doherty, Derry Journal, September 2009 Read article



"Tom Byrne shone equally on his mouth organ solo - another musical genius whose mastery of this instrument is nothing short of phenomenal"
Irish Music Magazine, The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal, April 2009


"A jewel of a night: Frankie Gavin and Tom Byrne at The Balor"
.....After the interval, Frankie took his seat and announced that for the second half he would be joined by Tom Byrne, a Buncrana resident born in Crewe, Cheshire, of Donegal parents. Tom mostly plays accordion, but this was a night for harmonicas, blues and chromatic. What a player, what a combination.
Neither resorted to flute or accordion for variety. Frankie and Tom met at the Ar Ais Aris festival in Buncrana and had only ever played together a couple of times. They met up before the show in the Balor.
No time to rehearse. They started by playing a beautiful intricate hornpipe, ‘’Thomond Bridge’’.  Their instruments and spirits intertwined. They played off each other, modulating volume and content to allow one another freedom to soar. Delightful when it happens, but only from the ease of ability with a mutual respect and joy in each other’s mode of expression.
Their one digression from traditional was to play Nat King Cole’s ‘’Mona Lisa’’. The audience wore a smile of delight. Each did a solo.
Frankie, a selection of reels that include ‘’The Foxhunter’’, Tom played two complicated hornpipes with flair and flourish. These two performers proved that Irish traditional inherently covers all the genres, the blues of blues, the jazz of jazz, the rock of rock, the rhythms of the heart, the dialogue of joy in equality. They could grace any stage, touch the heart of prince or pauper.....
Tommy Peoples, Donegal Democrat, March 2008

 

 

 


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