Irish singer-songwriter to kick off Midwest tour with Lawrence show

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A local music promoter is excited to bring Irish singer-songwriter Pat Byrne to Lawrence for a concert that will launch his tour of the Midwest.

Byrne, 33, hails from County Carlow, Ireland. He won the first season of “The Voice of Ireland” in 2012. He moved to Austin, Texas five years ago “to soak in the sounds and spirit of of the land of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt (two troubadours that he idolizes) and to see if he could make a go of it in America,” promoter Rick Frydman said via email.


“When you combine the transcendent poetry of Bob Dylan with the gritty, real-world rock-n-roll storytelling Bruce Springsteen made so famous, and add a dash of the political activism embedded by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, you’ll have the Irish singer-songwriter Pat Byrne,” the concert event page describes.

Frydman keeps an eye and an ear out for talented performers. He and his wife, Lisa Harris-Frydman, also brought singer-songwriter BettySoo to Lawrence last year.

The show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Vintage Church’s auditorium, 1501 New Hampshire St. Tickets are $20 each and available online via Eventbrite or at the door.

Byrne’s next scheduled show after Lawrence is in Bee Cave, Texas, according to his website.

Hear Byrne’s music on his website at He won “The Voice of Ireland” with his rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “The River”:

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