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Sun 20th Feb 2022

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“When you combine the transcendent poetry of Bob Dylan with the gritty, real-world rock-n-roll storytelling that Bruce Springsteen made so famous, and then add a dash of the political activism embodied by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, you’ll have Irish singer-songwriter Pat Byrne” — Folk Alley at the 30a Songwriters festival, Florida 2019

Austin (by way of Ireland) songwriter Pat Byrne’s latest LP, “Into the Light” melds two musical cultures known for introspective lyricism and raw, from-the-heart emotion. The 11 tracks, recorded at the Sound Emporium studio in Nashville and released in July 2021, take the listener on an emotional journey with lyrics both touching and agonizing—heightened by Byrne’s dynamic vocal style.

The Irish singer-songwriter migrated to Austin, Texas in late 2017. Immersed in the Texas music scene, Byrne released his first independent album, Rituals, in October 2018. In 2019, Byrne’s breakout performances included the 30A Festival, SWSX, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Americana Festival. Along came 2020 and live shows disappeared. Pat took full advantage and began work on “Into The Light” and launched his Wednesday livestream, now a residency at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck’s Live from Norfolk Street.

“Byrne delivers 11 original tunes ranging from the buoyant pop of “Capsize” to the anthemic rock & roll of the title track to the tender balladry of “Precious Cargo” and “Win Lose or Drown.” A strong supporting cast helps make Into the Light one of the best-sounding singer-songwriter albums to come out of Austin in years. What ultimately stands out the most is how strong “Into the Light” is from start to finish. Every track radiates, and rewards repeated listening.” — Peter Blackstock, Austin American Statesman

“I really appreciate the aggressive storytelling of Pat Byrne’s songwriting style. The overall sound draws easy comparisons to modern gritty Americana artists like David Ramirez, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell. Byrne deserves to be in that company with his gritty vocal and poignant lyrical style.” — Greg Jones, Ear to the Ground Music

“Pat Byrne lives in Austin and traffics in the kind of earnest roots rock championed by artists like Shakey Graves. His voice and songwriting chops show the reason he’s attracted a lot of attention. Look for a big second act from this artist.” — Tom Thornton, Riff Magazine

“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 more distinctive Irish stamp. He’s more contemporary that strict traditionalists, putting him more in the league of Glen Hansard or Luka Bloom.” — Peter Blackstock, Austin American Statesman


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