Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Help Wanted!!!

Hi All,

As you know, I will be coming on tour to America this October. All dates are in my NEWS AND EVENTS section. However, I am going to need your help. As I won't be in these towns and cities till the days of the events, I need street teams to promote these concerts. Needless to say, if tickets don't sell, its hard to keep returning. People often say, if I had only know you were here I would have come and brought friends. So lets not let that happen.

I am currently designing posters and will have them ready hopefully from the printers by the end of the week. Then I can send them to you. I need people who are excited and willing to distribute these in appropriate places for me. Enthusiasm is key here. So if you are excited and willing to help and live near or in the same cities as the performance, please email operationpaulbyrom@yahoo.com and let me know if you want posters or just a JPEG to print them off yourself. This would be great obviously and quicker.

I hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you for your help and support. This tour depends on YOU!!!

Much Love
Paul x

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TORONTO

Hi all,
Due to unforseen circumstance surrounding the venue in Toronto on October 4th, I have to sadly cancel this performance. Thankfully I discovered this issue at this early stage, however, wished I had discovered it before announcing.

That being said, the venue were a pleasure to deal with despite this oversight and I hope to return to the Great Hall one day soon. There is no blame apportioned to them as it was a mere oversight.

In the meantime, I will continue to search for an alternative venue in Toronto over the coming weeks.

Thank you to all who purchased tickets and I hope to see you all soon

Kind regards
PAUL BYROM



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THINKING OF HOME TOUR OCTOBER 2016

So the past couple of weeks I've been working hard on getting dates in the diary for an October tour in America and Canada. Doing it all myself has been a challenge and my North American geography knowledge has been tested. However I have had some great help from some of you and am continuing to get help of which I am hugely appreciative. I am still hopeful of adding dates to the diary and all ticket links will be available in the coming days under my NEWS AND EVENTS section at www.paulbyrom.ie Some are already available. Venues are small so I would encourage you to act fast. Also, for the first time, I will be selling meet and greet tickets. This will ensure you get your pic with me, items signed, seating before general admission and the tail end of the soundcheck.

This time round Im excited as I am getting to the West Coast and also Toronto. Again, Im hoping for more Canadian dates will be confirmed.

In the meantime, here is a full list of venues and dates I will be visiting this October. Please know I have worked hard to get these and continue to work on getting more.
I hope I can count on your support and hope you will spread the word for me about the gigs. Whether by mouth, twitter, Facebook etc etc......
Without you buying tickets, these concerts are not possible, so I hope to see many of you soon.
All the best and see you soon

Oct 1st
Sweetwater Centre for the Arts
Pennsylvania
7pm

Oct 4th
The Great Hall
Toronto
Canada

Oct 6th
Acorn Theatre, MI
8PM

Oct 8th
McGonnigals,
Barrington,
IL
8PM

Oct 14th
Fremont Abbey
Seattle, WA

Oct 16th
Molly Malones
L A,
California
7.30pm

Oct 20th
San Francisco Irish Arts Centre
San Francisco
CA
7.30PM

Oct 22nd
The Irish Centre
Canton,
MA
7.30pm

MORE DATES TO BE ADDED. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Touring Ireland 2015

Over the past 8 years its fair to say that the majority of the work has been outside of Ireland. It has been a wonderful time and indeed, time well spent. However upon returning to Ireland in September of last year, it was evident to me that I needed to re-establish myself here at home.
I wasn't sure what my standing was and if anyone remembered me!!! So what was the best way to go about finding out! Well, I decided I would take on some dates around the country and see who, if any would turn up!
After a couple of months promoting, I discovered, much to my relief that the national media at least hadn't forgotten me!! I have devised a show called "The Great Irish Songbook" which is a tribute to some of the great songwriters and singers we have produced from this small island from as far back as I could go. So far the show has been well received and although this Wednesday in Birr Theatre, Co.Offaly will be my last performance of the show this year, I am already receiving bookings for it next year.
It has been wonderful getting back out in front of Irish audiences and performing again. Especially outside of Dublin as there would be less people in the audience I know!!! Aside from my solo gigs, I have had the honour of celebrating Phil Coulters 50 years in the business with his own tour. I am guesting with him in many of his shows and that too has been a great way to reconnect with the Irish audiences.
With all the miles Im covering in Ireland I am delighted that the money we got from the E.U has been put into good use as the main roads throughout Ireland are fantastic. So if your driving late at night and see a little red mini pass you by, chances are its me!!!

I have a busy week ahead as already mentioned with my own solo gigs and two with Phil. But there is one on Friday lunchtime that I am looking forward to. It is a charity lunch for a wonderful children's charity called CARI and I will be performing a handful of songs at it. Its a busy time of year leading up to Christmas for charities and many are battling on all fronts to raise funds. So whatever I can do, I'm always happy to. That being said, you could book your whole diary up with charity gigs, so I try to help those I feel most connected to. I suppose my point being, at this time of year, leading up to Christmas, let us not forget those less fortunate than ourselves. For no matter how tough we think we have it, there are people worse off. Sometimes all thats needed is a kind word,or a smile. Either way, I feel we should all try and do our bit!

I do plan on returning to the States and further a field in the near future soon so don't forget me!! In fact I will have the honour of performing with Lisa Kelly in Peachtree, GA again this Christmas on Dec 13th but solo gigs will commence in 2016 so keep checking into "NEWS AND EVENTS" on my website www.paulbyrom.ie

I hope you are enjoying the new shop. There are lots of fun things there, but don't worry, once I see that its up and running, I will be adding to it all the time.  So keep suggesting items and I will try keep it interesting and fun for you! The calendar is limited edition so when its gone I won't be reprinting. Just a subtle warning to you if your holding off!

Finally, I know some of you have seen my post about the new bus tour thats happening in September 2016. If you are interested all info is on the website and also www.travelconcepts.com
There will only be 40 spaces which I can confirm that a good chunk have already been taken, so act fast! It could be the ideal Christmas gift for yourself and a loved one, or even just for yourself!!!!

Anyway, I hope all is well with you all.
Keep safe and happy

My loves
My Doves
My Eggs

Paul


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

LETS DO IT AGAIN ! ! !

Well Im delighted to finally confirm that I will be hosting my musical bus tour of Ireland again. After the fun and frolics of Septembers trip, it seemed impossible not to go again!
However this time time there will of course be some changes. It will still of course be as personal and intimate as the last one. My family are excited too and look forward to seeing you all in Ireland. This time they plan on spending more time with you all and Chris and Kelly at Travel Concepts have worked hard on the schedule to ensure this, ad many other great things happen over the course of the week.
I will be doing three performances for you over the course of the week and spending each day with you. Im going to be on all the tours too, so there will be plenty of "Paul time".
As many will testify from the first bus tour, this is a personal trip in many ways and by the end of it we will all know each other much better. I know that many have kept in touch since September and I would like to think that they will spend many years together as friends.
Memories are made of trips like this. Not just for you, but also me. If you have ever wanted to come see Ireland through the eyes of someone who has grown up here and has a deep pride for here, then this is your trip. Don't worry if you are travelling alone, by the time you get on the bus you will have plenty of new friends and travel companions. Starting with me.
Life is far too short, and we are often reminded of this, so act today! Come and visit my homeland. I promise you a great week of fun, music and much laughter!
Here is the link for "COME HOME TO IRELAND 2" with me, your host, Paul Byrom! Book now and avoid disappointment as there are only 40 spaces available with many from Septembers trip already keen to sign up!
I look forward to welcoming you to Dublin on September 6th!

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR ALL INFORMATION.......

COME HOME TO IRELAND 2 with PAUL BYROM



Thursday, October 8, 2015

I NEED SLEEP!!! !

Myself and jet lag are really hanging around together longer than I hoped! Still struggling to sleep after a week of travel. I never understand how you can fall asleep on the couch whilst watching t.v then when you go into bed, your wide awake!! What is that about!
Either way, I have just bought a great book recently and I can't put it down so thats helping me get some shut eye. The book is called "I am Malala" and it is written by a young girl from Swat in Pakistan. She was shot in the head by the Taliban because she dared to speak up about their regime. In particular, their ban on education for girls. Its a marvelous insight into that world, and an eye opener for many who think that all muslims think alike. I strongly recommend it.

Since coming home it has been non stop. I have a series of concerts in Ireland in October and November. These are solo shows, and I'm calling it "The Great Irish Songbook". In the show I will sing songs that I think pay tribute to all the great songwriters over the years to come out of Ireland. Go as far back as Percy French and Thomas Moore, to modern day greats like Jimmy mcCarthy, Van Morrison,Brendan Graham and indeed Phil Coulter, to name but a few.
The challenge with this concerts is getting word out there. I have been Stateside for the past four years and prior to that I was spending a lot of time there too with Celtic Thunder. So reintroducing myself takes a lot of time and effort. Making sure posters and flyers are circulating as well as all media is just the tip. Learning lyrics and making sure all is in place for the actual gigs is most important.
I'm very much looking forward to them but always stress leading up to concerts. There's a lot to be said for being in a production like Celtic Thunder. You simply turn up, know your stuff and sing. However, I'm not complaining. For all info on tickets go to the "news and events section" on www.paulbyrom.ie

On that topic, it was great being back with the guys last week for the gigs in Minot, and Oklahoma. Although I had met Colm and Emmet, I had never performed with them, so it was a real pleasure. I was delighted as we had similar interests and literally all made fun of each other from beginning to end!
It was a strange feeling, because although I had been away from the show for a long time, when I joined up again, it all felt like I had never been away. Certainly things have changed and there are personnel changes, but by and large, it was the same. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to do it again sometime soon.

Upon arriving home, my little dog Bradley nearly lost his life when I walked in. It always amazes me how excited he gets each and every time. Whether I'm away for a few hours or a few weeks. The reception is the same.
I got home on Dominique's birthday and as it was a Monday, we didn't really get to celebrate it. So I will make it up to her this weekend as its a special birthday this year! My mother always said you should never divulge or ask a women's age! Needless to say, she's not in her 20's anymore!!!!!!

I love routine, and for someone who travels a lot, that may seem strange. When I'm home, I am up everyday around the same time. 8.30am I'm out the door for a walk with Bradley, then we come home and have our breakfast. After which, I sit at the lap top for a couple of hours doing work. Lunch, walk, do whatever other bits and bobs need doing, (like developing my new online store, which is close to completion) then I head off to Crossfit at 5pm.
Fitness has become such a huge part of my life as I know you all know. I go nearly everyday to crossfit and even on "rest days" I'll head for a run. Why so much? It's great for the head and body. You never leave the gym or come in from a run in bad form. whatever is bothering you, is gone for the few hours you are working out. Aside from that, in many respects its like a drug. Once you start seeing results you want to keep going. What I've learnt more than anything is, your never too old to start. I can safely say, I am fitter at 36 than I was when I was 21! That's just mad!!!
So being able to balance my career and fitness is a real pleasure for me. Your health is your wealth!

Tonight I'm heading off this evening to take my nephew in to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to watch Ireland take on Germany (the world champions) in a very important soccer match. We call these kinda outings "the lads day out". No women allowed!!! I'm certain it wont be long till he's too cool to hang out with his uncle, but in the meantime, I'm gonna take every chance I get!

Keep well and chat soon
My Loves
My Doves
My Eggs

Paul

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#BYROMBUSTOUR


What an interesting month I’m having! After years of  toying with an idea for over two years. I finally saw it come to fruition this month. The idea was a simple one. Take a musical bus tour around Ireland, with me as the host. Over the course of the week, I would do three private performances for those who signed up for the bus tour. We would visit places that meant something to me personally, and also a couple of my favourite spots in Ireland. After spending four years living in America, I have become even more proud of my country and all it has to offer. So I wanted to share it with as many as possible. That being said, I wanted the tour to be small, so that it would be personable and that by the end of the week, I would know everyone on it and more importantly, they would know me. Thankfully after a month on sale, the trip was a sell out and it was a go! I was tickled pink!

 However I would need help accomplishing this as the logistics were beyond my area of expertise. So I enlisted my good friends Chris and Kelly at Travel Concepts, Massachusetts. They went above and beyond the call of duty and even tagged along to see that everyone’s needs were met. The lure of guinnes and good craic had absolutely nothing to do with it I’m assured!!

On day one we all met in Shannon, a small town outside Limerick where international flights come through. In particular, American flights. Upon boarding our bus, we headed west to the Cliffs of Moher which is one of the most stunning views on the west coast of Ireland. It ranks high on my to-do list for all of you visiting Ireland. However, on our visit, the rain was bucketing out of the sky, and those of us willing to brave the weather in pursuit of pictures and the view, got drenched! All I could think of was, “their getting a real flavour of Ireland now!” I was concerned though that this would be the weather for the week. Much and all as we were all in high spirits, I believe if it continued like this, that spirit would diminish quickly. Sitting on a bus in wet gear is no mans idea of fun.
After getting to Kilarney and checking into our hotel, I was all set to do the first of my performances for the group. The setting was beautiful in Muckross park hotel and the vibes were fantastic. I knew we were in for a great week.

I was nervous about the trip, as I didn’t know everyone coming on it, and was hoping that we would all get on. Either I would jump off the bus within 24hrs, or more likely, be pushed off the bus! Thankfully after day one, I knew this group would be fantastic fun, and I wasn’t wrong. The show went great and they were all extremely enthusiastic.

The next morning I woke to the sun splitting the trees, and I was delighted. Yet aware that in Ireland, we could have snow by lunchtime!! Thankfully that wasn’t the case and the weather was great all week. Unheard of! Perhaps I should bring more tours to Ireland if it’s going help the climate!
We went from Kilarney to Dingle, the home of Fungi the dolphin, then on to Blarney in Co.Cork where many of my friends and family got concerned when they heard I kissed the stone. From there to Cobh. A coastal town in Cork, famed as the last stop of the Titanic before it sank. Many of the victims boarded the boat at Cobh and indeed the museum there was a fitting setting for my second performance. After Cork we traveled to Waterford Crystal to experience first hand the craftsmanship of Ireland that is heralded throughout the world. Followed by a trip to Kilkenny, where I brought the tour to my grandmothers home village “Paulstown”. There we stopped and took pictures at the house where she grew up, and around the back we visited the grave of my great grand parents, whom I’m certain never expected their great grandson to bring a bus load of Australian and American visitors to see them.  I did wonder what they would have thought.

The final stage of the tour was my hometown of Dublin. I say town, although I’m certain many of you know it’s a city. The largest city in Ireland, and home to over 1.5 million citizens. Of that number is my small family and I was delighted that after visiting my school and church where I got married, the group got to meet them. My 96 year old grandmother also turned up to my delight. Later we visited the Guinness factory, where I was shocked to learn, I hadn’t got shares in at this point!!
On the final night, we traveled to Bellingham Castle for my final performance and a special dinner. It was a lovely way to end an extremely enjoyable week. Not just for those who signed up for the trip, but for me. I consider them all good friends now, and we are already talking about next September. So if your interested, keep checking my site and you’ll get all the details there. For those who came, I want to thank you all for the wonderful memories. Whether it be from Sydney or Melbourne Australia, or Texas, St.Louis, Mississippi, Boston, New York, Atlanta or tim buck two, I will remember you all dearly!  

After a quick two days of rest, in which I caught up on sleep and time with Dominique and Bradley. I was packing again, only this time the trip is not a solo venture.
December 2010 marked my departure from Celtic Thunder. The show I had been with from its conception for five years. They were incredible years spent building the show and experiencing things I could only have dreamt of. Some of the highlights were performing in such places as Radio City and the White House.

My solo career took off again and after moving to NY with my wife, I had two no.1 albums and a tv special for American and Australian tv. I often checked in with the guys from CT and of course my friendship with Damian only grew stronger as we both chased our solo careers. Hearing of the passing of George was hard to believe and still to this day, accept.
When the producer, Sharon Browne asked me to rejoin the guys for these upcoming gigs it seemed that it was the right time. It worked with my solo schedule and promotion, so why not! Although there will only be two gigs, who knows if I will do more. Or more importantly, if they will want me to do more!!
Although some of the faces on and off stage have changed I expect it to be as exciting and fun. I am a little nervous as I’m not sure if or how I will fit back in, but all involved are lovely people and I am sure I will be made fit very quickly.

When I return to Ireland it will be full steam ahead with my first solo Irish tour. The concept of my show is a tribute to the “Great Irish Songbook”. Where I will sing some of my favourite pieces to come out of Ireland. From the time of Percy French and Thomas Moore to modern day songwriters like Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Brendan Graham, Jimmy McCarthy and indeed Phil Coulter! Im excited to get out to the smaller theatres around Ireland and back to what I consider my musical home, The National Concert Hall Dublin.

It is proving to be an eventful end to the year and hopefully the momentum will carry into 2016.

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see many of you again soon.
For now, keep well
My Loves
My doves
My Eggs    
Paul x