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Anne Byrne

From: Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin

Active: 60s-70s

Style: Folk singer


Traditional singer from Dun Laoghaire, from a musical family. She first came to prominence at the Abbey Tavern in Howth. She recorded two LPs for EMI's Waverley label in the late 60s. She married guitarist Paddy Roche (of The Ludlows) and the two emigrated to the USA where they performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1969 and played the folk clubs for a couple of years. They returned to Ireland on the birth of their first child in 1971. Anne released two albums on Hawk Records during 1973-74 but chose to retire from performance to raise a family. Her records are highly regarded.

Anne Byrne made numerous appearances on radio and TV. How much of this material still exists in the archives is unknown. She also appears on some of the folk compilations of the late 60s, not least one volume of the Abbey Tavern LPs. More details to folllow.

Anne Byrne and Paddy Roche currently live in Dun Laoghaire. Anne has suffered ill health over the past few years.


Jesse Owens and Anne Byrne with Seamus Gallagher - s/t
LP - Waverley/EMI Records - (S)ZLP 2076 - UK - 1966
Jesse Owens and Anne Byrne with Seamus Gallagher - Jesse Owens & Anne Byrne Sing Favorite Folk Ballads
LP - Capitol Records - (D)T 10469 - USA - 1967

Notes: Anne Byrne (vocals), Jesse Owens (vocals, guitar) and Seamus Galllagher (fiddle/guitar). All songs sung by Anne Byrne & Jesse Owens except ⊃1 sung by Anne Byrne solo and ⊃2 by Jesse Ownes solo.

Anne Byrne with Paddy Roche & Mick Crotty - I Choose The Green
LP - Waverley/EMI Records - SZLP 2097 - UK - 1967 - 14 tracks
LP - Capitol Records - SP 10543 - USA - 1967 - 12 tracks, resequenced
Anne Byrne with Paddy Roche & Mick Crotty - Come By The Hills
LP - EMI Aran - ISLE 3005 - IRL - ca 1973 - 14 tracks

Notes: Produced by W. Gordon Smith. The US edition omits two tracks ('Mama You Been On My Mind', 'Friend To Me') and resequences the rest. Issued as part of the Capitol International Series.

Anne Byrne & Paddy Roche - Anne Byrne Sings Irish
LP - Hawk Records - HALP 106 - IRL - 1973

Notes: With Paddy Roche (guitar, vocals) and Leon Rowsome (Uilleann Pipes)

• Come By The Hills
LP - Hawk Records - HALP 127 - IRL - 1974

Credits: Guitars : Paddy Roche, Pat Armstrong, Ray Dolan, James Connolly, Michael Colbert
Piano : Una Moore
Engineered by Philip Begley

• From Bunclody To Avondale
LP - Harp Records - HPE 651 - IRL - ca 1982
Compiled from the two Hawk Records LPs of 1973-74.

Notes: Budget LP compiled from the two 1973-74 Hawk Records releases Anne Byrne Sings Irish (HALP 106) and Come By The Hills (HALP 127).

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