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Sixteen shows into the 2013 Mythology tour concludes our Canadian leg and has been a wonderful start to our new project. Recording Mythology over a year ago now was one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable projects I’ve ever been a part of. Taking Mythology on the road and performing it to hundreds of thousands of people was the real test… From the first show in Abbotsford Canada I was on a complete high as a standing ovation at the end of the show filled the arena. It brought mixed emotions of pride, satisfaction, relief and being very happy to have got through the first show remembering all of the details!
We have now finished the Canadian leg of our tour and have just started our US leg being very excited to share our new music with all our Celtic Thunder fans, new and old. It has been quite a whirlwind year so far, spending so much time back at base in Ireland was really nice to be with family and friends so often but it proved to be one of the busiest years I have had… It was time to start a new project, one that myself and my friend and partner in crime Mr. Ryan Kelly had been talking about for quite some time… The “Acoustic by Candlelight” album. Whilst touring in Australia, US and Canada 2012 we had been asked if there would be an “ABC” album on the way. With the support of the fans and the CT down time it felt like the ideal moment to start making the album a work in progress… And so it began, what we wanted to achieve was to record our favorite Irish songs in “ABC” acoustic fashion, with a mix of Irish classics such as “On Raglan Road” and “The Fields of Athenry” and modern contemporary classics such as “Don’t Go” and “Beautiful Affair”. Giving all eleven tracks a new sound-scape and injecting some youth into the productions… I mean myself and Ryan is not over the hill just yet ay!!!
Almost every day and night of the summer was spent arranging and recording the tracks… Some of which did not make it to the album but it’s always good to have choices. After the bed tracks and guide vocals where down it was time to get our amazingly talented friends in. First of all, I made my way to Galway and spent a few days with Declan O’Donoghue our CT drummer and close friend… Declan brought his ‘A’ game to the table as always… So between us we came up with the percussion patterns needed for each track and Deco nailed it as usual! The next color to be added was the most important lead instrument “violin” and who else to give us the sound that was to be a mix of traditional fiddle and classically trained violin playing… The only one to fit the bill was CT’s Nicole Hudson. She is the most talented violinist I know, not only having a naturally beautiful tone and feel, she has a fantastic ear for melody, so to record Nicole is a joy in hearing back the magic she provides. You will also be familiar with Barry Kerr who plays tin whistle on there as well. Seamus Brett played piano on two of the tracks and I played the rest of the piano tracks myself – in addition to bass, mandolin and guitars. Final mixes where engineered in the studio Van Morrison used to own… “Windmill Lane Studios” in Dublin. Spending some late nights there was a must to get it polished off before tour. Knowing that I was mixing in an old haunted Dublin studio kept my eyes open in the early hours… I fill you in on that another day Wink We are just one day away from tangible release… I am so excited to have it in my own hands and for you to have yours more importantly!
I hope we have answered your call and you have many hours of listening enjoyment.
Much love for now… Catch you later.
You can find out more about the album here as well as purchase links:
“Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly – Acoustically Irish” will be released on October 1st 2013
For more information, check out the official page:
What started out as Celtic Thunder’s Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called “Acoustic by Candlelight” has now developed into an album called “Acoustically Irish”.
Crossing traditional Irish music with Americana sounds and many World music influences, this album contains both classic tunes and some contemporary ones too – seamlessly reworked into a fresh sound. At the core of this album are Ryan and Neil’s vocal harmonies.
The songs on “Acoustically Irish” were all carefully chosen and embrace Celtic and Irish sounds, ranging from “The Fields of Athenry”, “The Rose of Allendale” and “The Water is Wide” to the Hothouse Flower’s “Don’t Go”, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and Paddy Casey’s “Saints and Sinners” – amongst many others.
“Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly – Acoustically Irish” will be released on October 1st 2013, with pre-ordering from September 16th 2013.
For more information, check out the official page:
Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne will be doing a live video chat on JULY 31, 2013 @ 6:00 PM (ET). Be sure to click http://bit.ly/1691oDG to find out what time the LIVE Chat is in your area!
Neil and the other guys are anxious to perform Celtic Thunder’s NEW ‘MYTHOLOGY’ Show for you on the 2013 North American tour. Get your tickets now, with excellent seating still available http://www.celticthunder.ie/tour. Neil will also be performing an Acoustic Show with Ryan Kelly ‘Acoustic by Candlelight’ on the Celtic Thunder Cruise, on Nov 2 – 7, 2013, and you will get to chat with him LIVE for a Q & A, and maybe listen to a tune or two.
Fans have the option of viewing/interacting either directly on Facebook or the Ustream Website. If viewing on the Celtic Thunder’s Facebook Page, click the ‘CELTIC THUNDER LIVE’ icon just below the Cover Photo, to view and to participate in the live chat. If you would like to participate from the Ustream website, just go to http://www.ustream.tv/celticthunderlive and click on the ‘SOCIAL STREAM’ Tab to the right after the video chat starts.
If you have an Apple Mobile Device or Tablet, you can download the Mobile APP @ http://bit.ly/PyIOzo.
If you have an Android Mobile Device or Tablet, you can download the Mobile APP @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.ustream.ustream
During each video chat session until Nov 2013, fans will have the opportunity to register for a Private Party with the Celtic Thunder Principals, after their Acoustic Show on the Celtic Thunder Cruise. The submissions page https://www.celticthunder.ie/videochat will be open from 6:00 PM (ET) to 7:00 PM (ET) the day of each video chat.
After the video chat, the entry page will be close for submissions. This is to ensure that all the guys have adequate time to receive all weekly submissions and choose FIVE new friends to accompany them for their Private Party after their Acoustic Show on the Cruise. If you were not chosen, there will be plenty of changes each week to win, so keep watching the weekly video chats, and submitting your entry each week! Due to the limited number of Private Party Passes, only ONE WINNER TOTAL can be chosen for the Private Party Passes, to make it fair for everyone. Private Party Passes are valid ONLY for the original winner, and may not be exchanged with other Celtic Thunder Cruise passengers.
If you’re around for it we would love to see you attend, and if any of your friends are around, please invite them along to join in on the fun!
Song originally released by Empire of the Sun in 2013 from the album “Ice on the Dune”
Aleksandras is from Vilnius in Lithuania and is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. His growing photographic portfolio continues to impress.
You can check out his Facebook page:
You can also view his website:
Alex took all of the photos used on the latest Neil Byrne merchandise:
We will hopefully do another photoshoot with Alex soon!
Neil Byrne – Distant Sun – Crowded House (Cover Version)
Song originally released by Crowded House in 1993
Neil Byrne – Saltwater – Julian Lennon Acoustic Cover Version
Song originally released by Julian Lennon in 1991
Thursday 4th April 2013, Neil Byrne video chat, live on uStream at 11:30pm Irish Time
Click here to find out the Local Time this Video Chat is happening in your time zone http://goo.gl/Sr5Qf
Here is the link to the Video Chat:
Join the crowd, spread the word!
You can ask questions in advance and invite friends and family along on the Facebook Event Page:
Please note, you don’t need to register with uStream.tv to view this live webstream