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The Young Dubliners will spend April of 2019 working on their tenth album. After another highly successful winter tour the band will take some time off the road to finish up writing and start demoing new material. “It’s been quite a while since our last album (Nine) was released. We had a major delay in the process when we had to work in new guitarist Justin Pecot and get him familiar with the nine albums of material we already have “ says lead vocalist Keith Roberts. “After a year of solid touring I’m happy to report that he is a Young Dub through and through”
Adding new blood has invigorated the band and opened the door to new songs and a fresh enthusiasm.
In May 2019 the band will start touring again and give the new material a good “road test” before hitting the studio in the late Fall to begin recording.
The Young Dubliners have released eight albums of original material and one Irish ballad cover album to date. Their live set will draw from all their albums and the new material. It will be geared to the many festivals the band plays every summer with the usual upbeat, energetic delivery the Young Dubs are known for.
In recent years the band have appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels can often be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", explains Keith. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from such different backgrounds. Eventhough two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all. When we got here we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you'll end up with. These sessions will be made even more exciting by the addition of Justin who has already started contributing to the writing process.
The Young Dubliners are.
Keith Roberts. Vocals / Acoustic guitar
Chas Waltz. Violin, Mandolin, Harmonica, vocals
Brendan Holmes. Bass guitar / vocals
Justin Pecot. Lead guitar / acoustic guitar/ mandolin/ vocals Dave Ingraham. Drums / percussion
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The John Byrne Band is led by Dublin native and Philadelphia-based John Byrne. Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011. With influences ranging from Tom Waits to Planxty, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes.
John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes. The album, Celtic/Folk, pushed the band on to the FolkDJ Charts, reaching number 36 in May 2015. Their third release, another collection of John Byrne originals, entitled “The Immigrant and the Orphan”, was released in Sept 2015. The album, once again, draws heavily on John’s love of Americana and Celtic Folk music and with the support of DJs around the country entered the FolkDJ Charts at number 40. Critics have called it “..a powerful, deeply moving work that will stay with you long after you have heard it” (Sing Out); “The Vibe of it (The Immigrant and the Orphan) is, at once, as rough as rock and as elegant as a calm ocean..each song on this album carries an honesty, integrity and quiet passion that will draw you into its world for years to come” (Terry Roland – No Depression); “If any element of Celtic, Americana or Indie-Folk is your thing, then this album is an absolute yes” (Beehive Candy); “It’s a gorgeous, nostalgic record filled with themes of loss, hope, history and lost loves; everything that tugs at your soul and spills your blood and guts…The Immigrant and the Orphan scorches the earth and emerges tough as nails” (Jane Roser – That Music Mag)
The album was released to a sold-out crowd at the storied World Café Live in Philadelphia and 2 weeks later to a sold-out crowd at the Mercantile in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2017 John returned to Dublin to record an album of folk songs with his father, John Snr. The resulting record, John J. Byrne and the Twangmen, was honored by the National Folk Music Assoc of Ireland and added to the National Folk Music Archives.
John and the band tour the country as an acoustic 4-piece featuring banjo/accordion, fiddle/cello, guitars and bodhran, and as a 6-7 piece that adds drums, bass and horns to its lineup. Whether as the full 6-piece band, acoustic 3/4 piece or solo, John and the band log over 150 gigs per year all over the country. Their new album, The Rag and Bone Man, with 11 new John Byrne originals is scheduled for release in Spring 2019.
For up to date info and dates, go to www.johnbyrneband.com
What the Critics are Saying ….
“..a powerful, deeply moving work that will stay with you long after you have heard it” Sing Out
“The Vibe of it (The Immigrant and the Orphan) is, at once, as rough as rock and as elegant as a calm ocean..each song on this album carries an honesty, integrity and quiet passion that will draw you into its world for years to come” Terry Roland – No Depression
“If any element of Celtic, Americana or Indie-Folk is your thing, then this album (The Immigrant and the Orphan) is an absolute yes” Beehive Candy
“It’s a gorgeous, nostalgic record filled with themes of loss, hope, history and lost loves; everything that tugs at your soul and spills your blood and guts…The Immigrant and the Orphan scorches the earth and emerges tough as nails” Jane Roser – That Music Mag
“Up and coming Trad star hits the sweet spot… beautifully played… its Byrne’s natural vocal delivery that makes the album stand out from the crowd” Hot Press (Ireland)
"John Byrne's After The Wake is the sort of album that an artist spends their entire career trying to create…. nothing short of a brilliant collection" - Wildy's World
“One of the few musical artists today who truly manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.” 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
For “fans of Celtic music, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and other such lyrically expansive folks.” Sun Herald
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