Congratulations to Aimee Eaton!
Aimee’s prize is as follows:
- A totally unique colour A4 photograph of Neil, taken by his father, who co-wrote “Sadie Jones and I” with Neil. The photo was taken of Neil rehearsing piano in a recording studio and was signed by Neil in silver marker.
- 3 different A4 Photographs of Neil
- Sensitive Souls CD
Thank you to all who entered!
The next competition is coming along really soon with another totally unique prize. Join the mailing list to receive the details and don’t forget to confirm being added to the list by following the instructions.
Neil performs an acoustic version of “California Dreamin’” in the Gravity Bar – Guinness Storehouse, Dublin – August 2010.
Located in the heart of the original St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is a “must-see” on any visit to Dublin! The panoramic view from the Gravity Bar is amazing!
“California Dreamin’” was originally recorded and released by “The Mamas and the Papas” in 1965.
Congratulations to Erin O’Reilly!
Here is what Erin will receive:
An A3 Poster Signed by Neil
“Sadie Jones and I” lyrics, signed by Neil
Sensitive Souls CD
3 different A4 Photographs of Neil
Thank you to all who entered!
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We decided early on to base the video around the fishing village of Howth, County Dublin for a number of reasons.
We had a look around the National Transport Museum and spotted a CIE Leyland Titan PD2 Bolton Bus R389, constructed in 1948 and used extensively around the streets of Dublin in the 1950s. Having gained permission, we took some test photos.
Here is the National Transport Museum’s website:
We then needed costumes. We contact the National Theatre of Ireland – The Abbey Theatre. They were very kind and loaned us a large number of items, including most of the beautiful 1950s style clothing Melissa wore.
Here is a photo of one of their amazing hats:
You can read all about the history of the Abbey Theatre here:
For every photo that was used in the video, there were many that were not, for example this one:
Wonder why not?!?!?
I hope you agree that the scenery is beautiful. Here is a map with the main locations marked. You have the option to simply view them as map locations, satellite view and for some of the locations, you can even see them from “Street View” level.
View Neil Byrne – Sadie Jones and I – Video Map in a larger map
We really enjoyed making it and really hope that you enjoy watching it too
Ewa is a very talented photographer from Poland. She took the photos that became the “Sensitive Souls” EP cover, plus the images inside and behind the notes on the back sleeve. The photos were taken in a studio in South County Dublin during the Irish summer of 2010.
You can view more of the photos she took of Neil in the Gallery section of this website.
If you would like to see more of her beautiful work, her website and Facebook pages are listed below:
Lots of you have been asking about this beautiful song I sing as part of the live show. Here is the story behind “Noirin, mo Stoirin” – “Noreen”.
“Noirin, mo Stoirin” started life as an instrumental piece which Phil Coulter composed as a wedding gift for his friends Liam Neeson and his wife Natasha. Phil called the tune “Natasha” and performed it, for the very first time at the ceremony at Liam’s farm in upstate New York.
One other memorable performance was when he played Carnegie Hall a few years later with Liam and Natasha in the audience. She was delighted, excited like a kid.
The tune kept rolling around in Phil’s head and he kept telling himself that he ought to write a lyric and turn it into a song but could never get a handle on it and kept putting it on the back burner.
Natasha’s untimely death was an enormous shock to all of us, such a tragedy, such a waste of a young wife and mother. Such a loss.
Phil started thinking again about the tune but decided NOT to write a lyric that would specifically refer to Natasha but rather try and capture the sense of missing a loved one ‘with every bone in my body’.
In Phil’s words, “it was one of the most difficult writing jobs I’ve done in a very long time”.
The song is set in period Ireland, during troubled times, when perhaps fleeing persecution the singer is forced to leave his country and his sweetheart. It translates from Irish to “Noirin, my Darling”
“I curse the day that I left her, and the people that drove me away…”
“I also wanted to leave the ending open so that listeners might hope that, when it’s safe to do so, he does return to his Noreen and to the peace of the valley.”
“Sadie Jones and I” is the first track on Neil Byrne’s debut solo EP “Sensitive Souls”.
Set in 1950s Ireland and shot at locations including the National Transport Museum of Ireland in Howth, St. Anne’s Park in Raheny and Clontarf Castle Hotel, all in County Dublin, Ireland.
The Sensitive Souls CD is now available exclusively from the Limited Edition part of this website!
This four track EP is the first release in Neil Byrne’s Solo Career, and his multi talents shine as a Singer/Song Writer/Producer. A year in the making, it was inspired by Neil’s observations of many musician’s being sensitive souls. Each of the 4 tracks on the EP have their own unique character, from the charming “Sadie Jones and I”, to the string driven “Raoul and Her Ladyship”, to the acoustic guitar based “Truador” and Neil’s soothing version of “Cherish”…
It is now the 8th of October and a busy month of filming, touring and meeting new people has already gone by.
It has been a somewhat different experience for me as I have been moving out to centre stage to sing solo.
I have to admit it still feels odd to sing out front, without my guitar but really nice and on the other hand, often easier to express the true meaning of each song.
I have been enjoying every minute of the spotlight as the Celtic Thunder fans have been so supportive towards me and have given me more confidence to deliver what they deserve and have come to see.
I have got to know a lot of the C.T. fans and they give me a real comfort on stage when I walk out and see them or hear them first.
I really did not know how the C.T. fans would take to my own music and I have been quite overwhelmed to have received the feedback and positivity from all who have listened so far.
I really miss my family back at home and think about what they are doing everyday.
I am looking forward to returning home on my sisters birthday, to bring her out and spoil her a little!!! For now, I will stay focused, continue working hard and give the best I can to my home from home.
As the man said, “God loves a trier”…
Hope to see you soon,