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