Malin Presbyterian Church, Lagg, Malin
(in association with Earagail Arts Festival)
Tom plays chromatic accordion, chromatic and diatonic harmonica. Traditional Irish music is his main interest although he also plays classical, jazz, blues, French Musette and lately has even been exploring the distinctive rhythms of the music of the Balkans playing with the Derry based band ‘Balkan Alien Sound’.
Much of his time now is given to composition as well as performing. In 2016 Tom received two major music awards: ‘The 2016 Liveireland Male Musician of the Year Award’, ‘Top Tradition in Review Awards Male Musician of the Year 2016.’ Chicago Irish American News. He has released two CDs: ‘Tom Byrne’, a traditional harmonica album featuring Frankie Gavin, the great fiddle player from Galway and the ‘Tom Byrne Band featuring the Henry Girls’ an EP of his and his father’s songs. Tom is delighted to be returning to play in Malin, his father Paddy’s birthplace and an area of great inspiration to Tom through its rich heritage of music, place and people.