James Byrne R.I.P.

November 20, 2008

I was very saddened to learn of the death of the great Donegal Fiddler James Byrne on the 7th November. James is one of the finest musicians I’ve ever met and he was a truly wonderful man, kind of spirit and generous of soul. I was privileged to have got to know James quite well over the past few years and I will really miss travelling to Glencolmkille to play with and learn from him. His funeral was both a terribly sad affair and a great musical tribute to him.

I was lucky enough to have a private master-class with James last year during the Ceol sa Ghleann. His wife Connie took the photo below during it.

My thoughts go out to Connie and the children. Rest in Peace James, you’ll be sadly missed. 



James Byrne and me in 2007

James Byrne and me in 2007