Dermot Byrne Blues & Roots
Dermot Byrne has built up a steady following over the years performing authentic renditions of classic blues and roots music as well as self penned material. He has brought his brand of real down home blues and roots music to venues throughout Europe and the United States. Playing slide guitar and harmonica he is recognised as being one of Ireland’s finest interpreters of blues songs. His influences include Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Son House, and Muddy Waters as well as artists such as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
Collaborations... Dermot has opened for or performed with legendary blues artists such as Eric Bibb, Long John Hunter, Steve James, Sam Mitchel, Byther Smyth,Catfish Keith, and has collaborated on several T.V. shows with Irish star Don Baker and England’s first lady of Blues, Connie Lush.
Major Gigs/Festival Appearances… Dermot has performed at numerous festivals including The London Blues Festival, Postert Blues Fes-Holland, Geant City Fes ,BluesKool Fes France ,Cork Jazz Festival, Waterford Arts, Enniscorthy Blues Fes, Harvest Time Festival, Castlebar Blues Festival, Dublin Temple Bar Festival. In 2008 he represented Ireland at the Memphis international blues challenge and has performed gigs in the heartland of the blues in Memphis Tennessee , Clarksdale Mississippi and Arkansas.
Recordings …..Dermot released his first album “Raw Whiskey Blues” in 1998 on the “Me and My” label based in the Netherlands. “Continental News” magazine remarked “The blues is all about feeling, a sense of being involved in the pains and joys of the performer. The blues is all about credibility, about faith. Absorbing life’s trials and tribulations, the ecstasy and the glory days, giving voice to the accompanying feelings. Seldom was this credibility more present in a contemporary bluesman than in Irishman Dermot Byrne” In 2002 Dermot released his second album “Lonesome to the Bone”, followed in 2004 with “Live at the Mermaid Theatre”.
His current album compiled in 2015 appropriately titled “The Blues Collection “brings together a collection of his finest live recordings.
Review 1 “Byrne is a talented harp blower and his slide work is exceptional with just the right dirty edge to his sound. His original material is excellent, especially “Slow Train” and “Going Down To Clarksdale”..BLUEPRINT (British Blues Connection)
Review 2 “Dermot boasts a barrel house bawl worthy of Howlin’ Wolf. It’s this secret weapon that allows him to attack stuff like Son House’s “Preachin’ Blues” without getting egg on his face. His slide playing is hot too, spiky but economic.” Peter Murphy…Hot Press.
Review 3 “Foot stomping slide guitar…..an Irish player with lots of soul” Sunday Times (Arts Review)
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