Singer / Songwriter
Darren Byrne from Wexford, Ireland has a wild and varied musical background, ranging from the acid-jazz combo fourteen to the trad/skit-blue-grass group The Travelling Sardines to the funk rock trio The Gone Johns. He has two solo albums under his belt: Gone John (2003) and Entertaining Hans Sachs (1999) as well as a number of other recorded works with various other artists including Mark Gilligan, Ray Heffernan, and Hans de Lind van Wijngaarden.
He made the headlines in 2003 when he was refused entry to the U.S. and ejected back to Ireland, making national Irish news and press in the process. On his return to Ireland after ten years travelling and touring he founded The Wexford Song Club which is still going strong today. He formed Songworks, a week of music and performance workshops for Irish youth, and has organized benefit gigs for charities in Wexford. Most recently he has received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland to organise a song festival for Wexford which will be taking place in 2006.
He has shared stages with many Irish and International acts including Mary Coughlan, Shane McGowan, Juliet Turner, Paddy Casey, Kila, Jonathan Richman (Something About Mary) and more. His music is known for its sense of humour, poetry and its celtic soul. He is currently working on songs for a new album and gigging around Ireland.