Julie Byrne (USA)
ABOUT THE SHOW
American indie-folk singer-songwriter Julie Byrne is making the most powerful, life-affirming music of her career. Her magnificent new album The Greater Wings is a universally-resonant testament to the power of love and friendship that transcends grief and loss. The follow-up to her stunning 2017 breakthrough album Not Even Happiness, The Greater Wings became one of this year’s most rapturously reviewed albums.
This deeply moving album is a celebration of friendship; Byrne’s longtime creative partner, Eric Littmann, died suddenly at age 31 before the album was finished. Her new label, Ghostly International, brought in Alex Somers (Sigur Rós) to complete the album, which The Guardian compared to Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell.
With her hushed vocals, sparse instrumentation and gently plucked guitar, Julie Byrne has a way of drawing you in close. On stage with her musical companions, Byrne is a spellbinding presence, able to transform any room into her front porch.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
For nearly a decade, Julie Byrne has moved through the world as a characteristically private artist, largely outside the public eye.
Raised in New York State, now living in New York City, she has counted many places as home. In the folk lineage of the wanderer, Byrne’s poetic, evocative songcraft pulls imagery from the road and takes its shape from the evolving impressions of friendship, love, and loss. She taught herself guitar after picking it up when her father became ill and could no longer play the instrument himself.
As a performer, she carries an aura of warmth and vulnerability, an innate musicality connected to the natural world; there is real gravity in her ability to make that a shared feeling. Her songs are universally resonant, unbridled in their devotion and joy, held up by the love of a chosen family.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 15+
Contains adult themes
Contains coarse language