Barrow-in-Furness songwriter Jon Byrne continues his string of dates at Heebie Jeebies in Liverpool city centre at the end of the month.
He makes a return appearance at the Seel Street venue as part of the city’s annual Mathew Street Festival following a performance on 20 August.
Byrne’s Liverpool dates build on his successful O2 Academy tour in April and May this year promoting his critically acclaimed debut album It’s Boring Being in Control.
Ever since he was spotted by Clash man Mick Jones busking on Portobello Road, Byrne has been building a steady stream of admirers from Tom Hingley of the Inspiral Carpets, Pete Wylie, Billy Bragg, Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, formerly of Oasis, and Johnny Bramwell, singer/songwriter with I Am Kloot.
Tom Hingley said: “Jon Byrne is a star. It may be a recession outside, but inside Jon’s music there is a warm, bittersweet fire burning.”
Byrne’s music is a raw and passionate delivery of slices of real life in his northern hometown.
Mike Joyce adds: “Here’s someone who really means it man! If you think (like me) that there’s an intensity and passion in Jon’s delivery that’s rarely heard on record… then just you wait until you experience the man live …WOAH!”
Byrne has come a long way from his days working in petrol stations, stacking the shelves of supermarkets and doing the rounds on the busking pitches. His music is loaded with his ‘finger on the trigger’ social commentary.
*Read my review of his performance in Liverpool last November here
Jon Byrne tour dates for 2009:
20 August – Heebie Jeebies, Seel Street
31 August – Heebie Jeebies, Seel Street, Mathew Street Festival
17 September – Heebie Jeebies, Seel Street, Liverpool
18 September – Frog and Nightingale, Canal Side, Chester
19 September – The Canteen, Michaelson Road, Barrow-in-Furness
29 October – 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London