Byrne to share new music with hometown
Solstice concert guests include Declan O'Rourke
Navan-born composer Brian Byrne returns to his hometown for an evening of news songs from his upcoming album with lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winning writer Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), World Soundtrack nominated writer Kasey Jones (Angel of Broadway) and Oscar and Grammy Award winner Alan Bergman (Streisand, Sinatra and Tony Bennett).
Joining Byrne is an all-star band and singers, including West End and Navan’s own, William Byrne, and singer-songwriters, Lucia Evans and Kaz Hawkins, as well as Declan O’Rourke, for one night only on Friday 27th May, 8pm at the Solstice Arts Centre.
"It’s a very special thing to be able to share new music with an audience for the first time and I love being able to do it in my hometown of Navan," Byrne says. "They’ll tell you straight if they like it or not!"
"All the lyricists on this project are just fantastic and very close collaborators. I’m very excited about the stories and tales that these songs tell."
Alan Bergman is a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy winner known for writing 'Nice 'n' Easy' (Frank Sinatra), 'The Way We Were' (Barbara Streisand), 'The Windmills of Your Mind' and many, many more.
Steven Sater is a Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Laurence Olivier Award-winning American poet, playwright, lyricist, television writer and screenwriter. He is best known for writing the book and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning 2006 Broadway musical, 'Spring Awakening'.
Kasey Jones, a world Soundtrack Award nominated lyricist, librettist and poet, wrote the musical 'Angel of Broadway', which premiered at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and most recently penned the lyrics featured in the new IMAX documentary, Ireland, narrated by Liam Neeson. Brian Byrne, a Golden Globe nominated composer, has written and conducted original songs for Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Alanis Morrisette, Kelly Clarkson, Sinead O’ Connor, Kurt Elling and many more high-profile recording artists. Brian last album, Goldenhair is based on the poems of James Joyce. Byrne’s critically acclaimed album reached number one on the Billboard World Music Charts.
Los Angeles-based Byrne recently arranged and conducted strings for Julian Lennon’s new album titled 'Jude', inspired by the Paul McCartney song Hey Jude and will be traveling to Sweden to perform with Julian in June. He has been asked by The Irish Consulate in San Francisco to perform his album Goldenhair live as part of their James Joyce celebrations, and will also be performing Ghosts above the Canyon in Los Angeles at the famed Feisnstein’s club in June.