Tony Byrne

Ireland

Dublin guitarist Tony Byrne has been involved in music from a young age. Starting out playing in rock bands as a drummer at age 11, Tony began performing around Dublin city centre venues at age 12. Following family holidays in West Kerry, Tony developed an Interest in Irish traditional music and has been involved in the performance, recording, and teaching of it since leaving college in 1999. He has performed with acts such as Danu, Sharon Shannon, Michael McGoldrick, Gerry O’Connor, David Munnelly Band, Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Julie Fowlis, Lunasa, and many more. Tony has also performed with artists of different genres such as legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Douglas and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, classical violinist Nicola Benedetti with whom he featured on her award-winning album Homecoming and Indian Tabla Master Zakir Hussain with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall, New York and recorded a live CD in San Francisco Distant Kin. Tony has appeared and guested on over 40 albums and has, to date produced two albums, one with Irish singer Daoiri Farrell a track from which won track of the year at BBC folk awards in 2016 and was performed live in The Albert Hall, London.

Festival Performances

Back to Top