Jon’s music and wordsmithery was once described in ‘Clash’ magazine as ‘taking the Arctic Monkey’s patter to a higher level of sophistication’ and former NME journalist Gavin Martin wrote; ‘Byrne tackles tough reality with splenetic attack, black humour and colourful dramatic songs… This is rock from the rough end of the streets, delivered with guts and passion’.
Jon originally came to prominence when he was spotted by Clash man, Mick Jones, whilst on a photo and video shoot on Portobello Road. Jones was so impressed that he booked Jon on the spot for his Carbon Casino bash that night. That went so well that he returned for every subsequent Carbon Casino event and spent several months performing and recording with Mick and his entourage, both on stage and in the studio.
Jon is a past winner of Glastonbury ‘Leftfield’ best new artist award and over the years has graced the stage with artists such as Billy Bragg, I Am Kloot, The Wombats, Cage the Elephant, John Cooper Clarke, Alabama 3, Ed Tudorpole and Tom Hingley as well as Clash legend, Mick Jones, himself, with Carbon Silicon and appearing together in the Rotten Hill Gang.
Jon has played 02 Academy’s, Festivals and smaller venues, the length and breadth of the UK and also toured the West Coast of America in 2012.
With sharp looking suits, even sharper lyrics, beautifully woven melodies and performances that shake the stage with enough energy to force the needle off the Richter scale, Jon Byrne, is a troubadour for the zeitgeist and provides the perfect escapism away from the continuing recession and the ‘grind’ of 21st Century living.