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“Music that tells it ‘how it is’, pulling no punches on delivery with 'finger on the trigger' social commentary wrapped in black humour & songs of tender truth that pull at the heartstrings” NME
Jon Byrne’s rise to prominence has, surprisingly, been a long and arduous one. However, the struggle to be recognised as one of the nations’s most gifted of songwriters shouldn’t have happened any other way if ‘suffering for your art’ can be considered as the romantic model in all this. Jon’s struggle has made him the person he is today, it has shaped him and more importantly it has made him incredibly astute in fine tuning the detail within the poetry of his lyrics. He is a great social commentator and his observational accuracy, in these ever changing times, is as sharp as Sweeney Todd’s cut throat razor.
Growing up in the tough industrial shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness allowed Jon to write about the rough end of the social spectrum, he writes from the soul and he tells it ‘how it is’, pulling no punches on delivery, although he has had a few punches thrown in his direction for dressing and thinking differently to the majority. Throughout these ordeals and traumas he still operates within the realms of his own beliefs and carries on regardless, gathering information, mentally noting down his social observations, his passionate opinions, his romantic ideals and setting them to music. His music and wordsmithery was once described in ‘Clash’ magazine as ‘taking the Arctic Monkey’s patter to a higher level of sophistication’ and Daily Mirror journalist Gavin Martin wrote; ‘Byrne tackles tough reality with splenetic attack, black humour and colourful dramatic songs... This is rock from the rough end of the streets, delivered with guts and passion’.
Jon has previously worked both on stage and in the studio with Clash legend, Mick Jones. In 2008 Byrne was given Glastonbury Leftfields best ‘new artist’ award for his solo performance at the festival. His debut album “It’s Boring Being in Control”’ released in early 2009, an edgy ‘tell it how it is’ album was critically acclaimed by the UK music media and he followed this up with the 2013 release of “Built by Angels”, carrying the same ‘Jon Byrne’ moniker but with a softer, more commercial air to it touching on romance and relationships in all shapes and forms, bright and dark. This follow up album also received equal critical acclaim by the UK music press and was championed on BBC radio 2 by Huey Morgan and Steve Lamacq.
Jon has toured extensively across the length and breadth of the UK and also completed a successful mini tour of the American West Coast back in 2012. In 2016 Jon made a promising impact in Seoul South Korea performing at various venues around the city collecting new admiration from Korean audiences whilst performing at The Zandari Music festival.
Jon Byrne, will be appearing throughout the UK at venues and festivals. Check local listing for details.
‘I can think of no other new solo performer that I have enjoyed more in recent times than Jon Byrne. His hilariously funny songs tell the truth about real life in this country, with a caustic wit that recalls the greatest of early 1960s' kitchen-sink novel writers. Simply brilliant’ -. Chris Salewicz – Music Biographer
“British songwriter/performer Jon Byrne proves that marching to one’s own beat proves that genius and insanity are much the same, Ray Davies and Jon Byrne share in their desire to be understood by their innuendos, they both write of being slightly self-loathing and self-deprecating yet they see the world with great potential optimism It’s like premonitions becoming flashbacks! Caught between dystopian thought and social commentary makes for insightful tunes for these “brothers of different mothers.” Rock Bands Of LA
'Sharp lyrics and dry delivery' – Uncut 'A tender truthfulness that sticks in the memory' - Mojo 'Takes the Arctic Monkeys' patter to a higher level of sophistication' - Clash 'Rock from the rough end of the street, delivered with guts and passion' - Classic Rock 'A very promising talent' - Rock n Reel
Music that tells it ‘how it is’, pulling no punches on delivery with 'finger on the trigger' social commentary wrapped in black humour & songs of tender truth that pull at the heartstrings.
“The bard from Barrow is on top form with a set of live corkers” **** Daily Mirror
“Jon Byrne writes material that would do Jake Bugg proud. And Bugg, Byrne has a real poet’s ear” The Arts Desk
‘A gob full of naughty words and a stark message about society, yeah!’ – Morning Star
‘Refreshing, original and utterly compelling' - Culture Zine
‘As English as Fish & Chips’ – FATEA Magazine
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