Julie Byrne for Irish tour & new album
The American songwriter Julie Byrne has been announced for some Irish dates to coincide with a new album.
It’s called The Greater Wings, out on July 7th on Ghostly International, and the single Summer Glass’ is below.
There are three Irish dates in November
24 Nov – Dolans Upstairs, Limerick
25 Nov – Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
26 Nov – The Black Box, Belfast
Dublin tickets from €26 plus fees.
Jule Byrne tour dates
23/7 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
26/7 – London Kings Place Hall
28/7 – Brighton St Bartholomew’s Church
18-20/8 – Brecon Beacons, Wales @ Green Man Festival
16/11 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
17/11 – Glasgow Mono
18/11 – Manchester St. Michael’s Church
22/11 – Bristol The Jam Jar
24/11 – Limerick Dolans Upstairs
25/11 – Dublin Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
26/11 – Belfast The Black Box
The Greater Wings is Julie Byrne’s her first record in over six years and her debut with Ghostly.
About Julie Byrne – The Greater Wings.
“My hope for The Greater Wings is that it lives as a love letter to my chosen family and as an expression of the depth of my commitment to our shared future,” Byrne explains. “Being reshaped by grief also has me more aware of what death does not take from me. I commit that to heart, to words, to sound. Music is not bound to any kind of linear time, so in the capacity to record and speak to the future: this is what it felt like to me, when we were simultaneous, alive, occurring all at once. What it has felt like to go up against my edge and push, the love that has made it worth all this fight. These memories are my values, they belong with me.”
The Greater Wings was written across several seasons, pulling imagery from nights on tour, periods of isolation, and the drives cross-country for its various collaborations between Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Recording started with the late Eric Littmann, her longtime creative partner and Not Even Happiness producer, and finished in the Catskills of New York with producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Julianna Barwick).
While they hold the plasticity of loss, the songs are universally resonant, unbridled in their devotion and joy. Byrne leans further into atmospheres both expansive and intimate; the lush, evocative songcraft flows between her signature fingerpicked guitar, synthesizer, and a newly adopted piano, made wider by flourishes of harp and strings. It is the transcendent sound of resource, of friendship that was never without romance, of loyalty that burns from within like a heart on fire, and the life force summoned in unrepeatable moments — raw, gorgeous, and wild.
At the heart of the record is ‘Summer Glass’, a luminous, euphoric synth ballad tracing themes of intimacy, memorial, and deeply personal alliance. The song ignites all at once with Littmann’s arpeggiated synth as they approach the zenith of their creative partnership; Byrne’s voice casts the spell, “I can’t say if it was devotion. I just wanted to feel the sun on my skin.” The opening lyrics find her at the water’s edge. Transfixing and radiant, Marilu Donovan’s harp joins the pulse of the synthesizer in a tidal, interlocking cascade — a synergy that embodies years of collaboration. ‘Summer Glass’ opens wide to encompass a universe of references, turning candid moments of laughter, desire, failure, perseverance, inertia, and emergence into legacy. Jake Falby’s strings offer a sweeping, incandescent bridge, a step more urgent at the album’s apex, before Byrne returns with a final invocation:
“One day the skin that holds me will be dust
and I’ll be ready to travel again
For now I want to go further in,
Into moment, into vision, into you
I swore I’d show myself so I could renew
That’s not the same as being new forever
The shape of your hand left in the dust of Summer Glass
I want to be whole enough to risk again.”
- The Greater Wings
- Portrait of a Clear Day
- Summer Glass
- Summer’s End
- Lightning Comes Up From The Ground
- Conversation is a Flowstate
- Hope’s Return
- Death Is The Diamond