Dublin native and Philadelphia resident, John Byrne leads his eponymously-named band. Their new record A Shiver in the Sky (2019), shows his band of multi-instrumentalists vibrantly executing ten new originals. Strings, horns and guitars escort Byrne’s vocals through a set of songs about living and pushing forward through negative times. Following up After the Wake (2011), Celtic Folk (2013) and The Immigrant and the Orphan (2015), A Shiver in the Sky focuses on triumph over trauma. Support from radio all over the country pushed the album to #1 on the Roots Radio Report Alternative Folk Chart. Critics have called his writing “powerful, deeply moving work that will stay with you long after you have heard it” (Sing Out). Both as an acoustic act and a full 6-piece band, John logs in over 150 shows per year, building a devoted following.
“Byrne’s songs are rich with the sounds and themes of Irish tradition, one that survives in a modern world … full of raw strength… puts me in mind of an Irish Alejandro Escavedo” – Sing Out
“One of the few musical artists today who truly manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
“He’s good, period, with material that’s edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.” – Philadelphia Daily News