A NOTE FROM NEIL - 'IN MY LIFE'

Hello everyone,

I am writing this note to firstly thank everyone for helping my family and I through a really tough time.  We have received a huge outpouring of love and support from so many people in so many ways since my dads passing and we have gained much strength through the caring of others.  Thank you for sending cards, the offered masses, your heart felt letters, books and poems.  This has given us will and perspective.

As dads retirement was on the horizon he aspired to volunteer to help people in need, however, dad unfortunately was diagnosed with vascular dementia just before he retired. 

It was at this stage that Mom asked me to make a studio recording of my dad singing and playing guitar.  Dad was really excited to record songs that he had performed throughout his musical career.  Even though dad was in the early stages of vascular dementia, he really enjoyed this experience and as always, he gave a heartfelt performance.  Dad recorded two songs.  The first song we recorded was In My Life by The Beatles.  The second being The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies. 

Throughout the years that dad had been ill, music was a saving grace.  Dad would sit and listen to music for hours.  Music was a language that dad still understood when everything else around him was becoming less clear.  Since then, I have learned that the part of the brain that is stimulated by music is one of the last areas to be effected by dementia. 

With this in mind and from what I have experienced with my own dad, music is a very effective way for dementia patients to find some normality, stimulation and happiness.  It is only in recent years that the people of Ireland have been made more aware of dementia but sadly dementia has become somewhat an epidemic and needs much more research and development, carers, volunteers and in many cases, an office facility.

My family and I were so very lucky to have wonderful care staff enter our home.  They talked with dad, sang with dad and shared many laughs together.  To the Byrne family, these carers truly are angels.  When dad passed away we played his recording at the funeral mass where dad took the stage for the very last time.

We would like to shine some light on the fact that coping with dementia in Ireland needs to be put on the map.  We wish to upload one of my dad's recordings for digital download and release it on Friday, 17th of August 2018 here on the Byrne and Kelly website.  100% of the proceeds will be donated towards the fight against this awful disease.

Hopefully through our story, together we will help others find the peace and connection music can bring to those that have been deprived of their faculties.  This song is written in celebration of true love and this recording celebrates dads love for life and music.  Donating these proceeds will also bring my dads wish to helping others, come true. 

Much love,

Neil

 ORIGINAL DRAWING BY DAVID MUNRO

ORIGINAL DRAWING BY DAVID MUNRO

THE FIRST 12 DAYS OF ECHOES

We are so thrilled to have Echoes out there in the world after over a year of creating.  Thanks to you all, in the first 12 days of its releasewe have reached the tops of charts that you dream about as a musician.  Have a look at the stats below... pretty crazy! 

#1 iTunes World Music - #1 Amazon Traditional Folk - #1 Amazon Traditional British & Celtic Folk - Billboard Top 5 World Music Album - Amazon Top 100 Album - Google Play Top World Album

NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT

What began at a remote writers retreat in County Cavan, Ireland in January 2015 with fellow musicians Nicole Hudson and Peter Sheridan, has turned into a body of work we call Echoes.  The album is a collection of 10 tracks - 9 originals and 1 fan favourite that many of you have heard live before.  Echoes highlights the core of our rich, Irish culture and our experiences traveling the world playing music.  

We are pleased to announce that Echoes will be available for digital download on February 19th on iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon MP3 and Google Play.  The physical album of Echoes will be available for PRE-ORDER at cdbaby on February 19th.  You will be able to purchase Echoes from Amazon and cdbaby (non pre-order) on March 4th.  If we're coming to a town near you on the Album Launch Tour - Echoes will be available for purchase at the merchandise table also!

Thank you all very, very much for all of your support and encouragement as we move into the next phase of Byrne and Kelly.  We are truly grateful to each and every one of you who comes to our shows, buys our songs, sends us lovely comments and shares our love of music.  Cheers to 2016!