I've just taken on management for Iarla Ó Lionáird. arla Ó Lionáird has carved a long and unique career in music both internationally and in Ireland. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” as a young boy to his ground breaking recordings with Dublin's Crash Ensemble and internationally renowned group The Gloaming and New York’s Alarm Will Sound, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity.
Ireland manager for Martin Hayes, looking after his touring and scheduling as well as managing press for his recording projects
Delighted to be engaged by Compass Records to work on PR for Altan's 30th anniversary album 'The Gap of Dreams' due for release in March 2018
Ireland Manager for Luka Bloom, one of Ireland's best-known contemporary contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, he continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. I managed the release and promotion of his most recent album 'Refuge', released in November 2017
The Martin Hayes Quartet
Tour and promotions manager for Martin Hayes's latest project, The Martin Hayes Quartet. Managed press campaign for the quartet's 2017 album 'The Blue Room' as well as press for their album launch and live concert at The National Concert Hall Dublin in October 2017
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin
Founder Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Musician/Composer/Academic.
Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums. I did some promotional work for Karan's 2014 album 'Two More Hours'
John Carty is one of Ireland's most -respected and sought-after musicians - fiddler and banjo-player, composer, and member of Patrick Street. He has also played in some great duos and trios, with Arty McGlynn and Matt Molloy amongs others. I've promoted tours and concerts for John, with Patrick Street & as a tutor at the Blas Summer School at UL.
Fiona is a singer, early years music artist, and composer for Early Years.
She works regularly with very young children and considers these children to be very important collaborators in her work as a creator of music for Early Years.
2013 sees the release of ” I am a little Boat” a unique collection of songs written especially for the youngest. I worked on promotion for Fiona's beautiful first album 'My Love Lies' in 2011
Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself". Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45 year career. I've worked with Andy several times over the years, promoting tours and gigs for him as a solo artist and as a member of Patrick Street. (Image: Maurice Gunning)
Academic, performer and composer, Mel Mercier is a Senior Lecturer in Music, programme coordinator of the MA in Ethnomusicology at University College Cork. He teaches ethnomusicology, Indian classical music, West African traditional and popular musics, Javanese gamelan, and performance theory. I worked with him first as a tutor at the Blas Summer School and again when he was nominated for a Tony Award for the score he wrote for Colm Toibin's play 'The Testament of Mary on Broadway in 2013.
Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance, who has made the cross over into contemporary dance and theatre. Best known internationally for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, he has been forging a new creative path since his time as artist in residence at University of Limerick where he completed an MA in contemporary dance in 2002 where I first worked with him, promoting his tuition at the Blas Summer School.
Sensational accordionist, member of great bands including Samurai, The Rambling Boys of Pleasure and several duos. A wonderful composer too. I promoted a tour for The David Munnelly Band a couple of years ago where I also got to work with David's brother Kieran, another tremendous musician, flute-player, singer and bodhran player. Two mightily talented Mayo brothers.
Cantoral, Early Music Vocal Ensemble
I organised concerts in New York and Paris for this ensemble, which was made up of students and tutors of the MA Ritual Chant and Song Programme at the Irish World Academy
Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila
Karen Tweed was born in London, of Irish lineage and has worked with a range of Irish, English and Scandinavian musicians. I have managed album promotion for her 'May Monday' releases with the renowned Finnish composer and musician Timo Alakotila.
Legendary fiddler. Member of Patrick Street, founder member of The Bothy Band, musician, comoposer, collaborator, teacher. Image: copyright Maurice Gunning www.mauricegunning.com
Sea Road Sessions
The Sea Road sessions is the brain-child of the wonderful Galway accordionist Alan Kelly, with Irish, English, Scottish, US and Swedish musicians Ian Carr, Stafan Lindfors, Eamon Coyne, Kris Drever and Stephanie Geremia. I managed promotion for their 2016 Irish tour www.searoadsessions.com
Robin Denselow – THE GUARDIAN ★★★★
“one of Britain’s most uncompromising and original singer-songwriters… his latest album is remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”
“Quite simply our best writer of contemporary English folk songs… What other BBC Folk Award-winning singer writes like this? There’s no competition as far as we’re concerned.”
Have worked with Chris for several years, promoting several of his albums and putting some tours together.
Photo: Maurice Gunning
"...the dozens and dozens of half page spreads you engineered in the Irish Times over the past twenty years marking the Academy's progress, and how you always fought the Academy's corner within the wider UL picture in terms of visibility and achievement recognition? And the number of hotel rooms you booked? And cups of coffee you bought for visiting artists and scholars? And taxis you ordered? And radio and television programmes you swung? And the media people you charmed! It's great for us all to see you establishing Ellie Byrne Promotions and to already see the interaction between your new professional life and the Academy. Seems like we have not so much lost a colleague as gained a consultant. Long may it continue"
- Dr Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Founder Director of the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick