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An Irish singer-songwriter, Pat Byrne has come a long way since his first deal with Universal. Now a seasoned performer, Pat’s dexterous songwriting prowess has emerged. Quietly, he’s taking on America, on his own terms.
Moving to Austin, opened a whole new world. Said Byrne, “I’ve never felt so alive musically. Every night I go see a gig; and I’m blown away. I get opportunities to play with those people, and it’s inspiring.”
Pat recently released his new LP, “Rituals”. The artistic growth is clear; the authenticity is palpable. No one genre dictates the mix—and the tracks get better with each listening.
“The results—Irish Americana, by turns rollicking and resonating, that’s driven by his gruff growl of a voice—suggest that he’s one to keep an eye on.” Stuart Munro, The Boston Globe
“The raspy melodic soul of Byrne’s voice recalls the emotional spells the late Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave used to cast, though Byrne’s songwriting bears a distinctive Irish stamp. He’s more contemporary than strict traditionalists, putting him more in the league of Glen Hansard or Luka Bloom, perhaps; yet at times he conjures a deeply old-school feel,” Peter Blackstock, Austin American Statesman
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