Jon Byrne – ‘Endless Empathy’

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Jon Byrne is one of those artists with the built-in desire to succeed. Having battled addiction, he’s sorted himself out, finding salvation in his family and his music. Jon caught the eye of Mick Jones from The Clash, while he was doing a video shoot London Portobello Road. Jones immediately booked Jon for his Carbon Casino bash that night, which went so well that he returned for every subsequent Carbon Casino event, and spent several months recording with Mick and his entourage, both on stage and in the studio. Since that time he’s gone on to grace the stage with such artists as Billy Bragg, I Am Kloot, The Wombats and more.

Once described by Clash Magazine as ‘taking the Arctic Monkeys’ patter to a higher level…of sophistication’, and praised by former NME journalist, Gavin Martin, who said,
‘Byrne tackles tough reality with splenetic attack, black humour, and colourful dramatic songs…this is rock from the rough end of the streets, delivered with guts and passion.’
Jon has won the Glastonbury ‘Leftfield’ best new artist award in the past, and has toured the length and breadth of the UK and the West Coast of the US in 2012.
With sharp looking suits, even sharper lyrics, beautifully woven melodies and performances that shake the stage with enough energy to force the needle off the Richter scale, Jon Byrne, is a troubadour for the zeitgeist and provides the perfect escapism away from the continuing recession and the ‘grind’ of 21st Century living.
Jon Byrne is now set to play at the Zandari Festa this October, in South Korea. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Check out Jon singing the very haunting, ‘Endless Empathy’, recorded at Abbey House, Barrow-in-Furness, back in May this year:



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Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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