Brian Byrne (Photo: Amanda Fleming)
January 13, 1975 |
Steady Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Labels||Kindling, Blacktop Records|
|Associated acts||I Mother Earth|
Brian joined his first band in Corner Brook in 1988, a hair-metal band called Pandemonium. The band also featured John Kennedy, Rick Waterman, Todd Cook, and the late Kris Waterman, who selected the 13 year-old Byrne as the lead singer for the band.
Byrne lived in Steady Brook and Toronto in the early 1990s, where he worked at different times as cook, dishwasher, bartender, night cleaner, office worker, ski instructor, and rock climbing instructor. He fronted bands such as Mess and Klaven (the latter with Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace) before eventually joining rock band I Mother Earth in 1997. He recorded two albums with them, Blue Green Orange (1999) and The Quicksilver Meat Dream (2003).
His solo debut, Tuesdays, Thursdays and if it Rains, was released on April 11, 2006. In support of the album he toured Canada, playing both acoustic solo sets and with a full backing band. In November 2006, Byrne opened for INXS on their Canadian dates.
Byrne appeared in an Ontario Travel tourism television commercial that debuted in March 2007; he sings the song "There's No Place Like This" to images of people in Ontario enjoying themselves across the province.
Byrne released his second solo album, Tailor Made, on September 4, 2007. His touring band consisted of Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco), Christian Tanna (I Mother Earth), Gerry Finn (David Usher) and Justin Mahoney.
Byrne is currently on Blacktop Records with a three-song EP titled Boots and Blood, a preview for his third full-length solo album.
As of May 2011, Brian is currently a tattoo artist at Bonded Ink in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He later relocated to Peterborough, Ont., where he now lives.
On January 24, 2012, I Mother Earth announced an end to its hiatus. The group is producing new music with Byrne again on lead vocals. They have played a number of live shows at venues across Canada. Byrne also continues to perform as a solo act.
I Mother Earth
- "Far From Good" - 2006
- "Oscar Thomas Finn" - 2006
- "Crazy" - 2007
- "Boots And Blood EP" - 2010
- Brian Byrne on Myspace
- Far From Good at YouTube
- Oscar Thomas Finn at YouTube
- Boots and Blood EP at Bandcamp