Fergus O'Byrne Listings at GEST Songs Of NFLD

Antis Of Plate Cove, The ~ Traditional (V)

Banks Of Newfoundland, The #2 ~ Traditional (V)

Big Bow Wow ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Bound For St Peters ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Double Sledder Lad ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Glenties ~ Maurice McGrath (V)

Jolly Roving Tar ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Net Hauling Song ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Old Polina, The ~ Traditional (V)

Soldier Marry Me ~ Traditional, w/Jim Payne (V)

Song Of Freedom To My Countrymen

Warlike Lads Of Russia, The ~ Traditional (V)

Biographical Notes

"Fergus O'Byrne was born in Dublin, IE. In the late 1960s he emigrated to Toronto, ON, where he met Dermot O'Reilly, Ralph O'Brien and Gary Kavanagh and performed as a member of The Sons of Erin band. When The Sons of Erin parted ways, O'Byrne, Kavanagh and O'Reilly completed their remaining tour commitments as O'Reilly's Men and later formed Sullivan's Gypsies with Don Sullivan.

In 1971, O'Byrne moved to St John's, NL, with the rest of the trio of Ryan's Fancy to begin what was to become a very recognizable music icon in the traditional Irish folk music for Newfoundland. In 1983, the band broke up and O'Byrne started a solo and freelance career, touring throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and Hong Kong.

In 1987, O'Byrne graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a degree in Education, then serving on the Board of Directors of the St John's Folk Arts Council and the programming committee of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in St John's. He became a member of the band Tickle Harbour which won 3 awards at 1999's Newfoundland Music Industry Association Awards.

O'Byrne performed regularly with Dermot O'Reilly, his former Ryan's Fancy bandmate, until O'Reilly's death in February 2007.

O'Byrne currently performs as part of a duo with Jim Payne; as a member of the band A Crowd of Bold Sharemen; and with his son, Fergus Brown-O'Byrne. He also facilitates a program to encourage youth participation in music under the auspices of the St John's Folk Arts Council; this program features a yearly workshop and concert for young traditional musicians known as "Young Folk At The Hall." ~ From Wikipedia.

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