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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Media Release - IRELAND ISSUES GLOBAL RECALL Paul Byrom Lends a Hand, Voice, and Music Video in Calling Millions Home

New York, NY, March 4, 2013 - Paul Byrom, one of Ireland’s Premier Tenors, has partnered with The Gathering Ireland 2013 and Tourism Ireland as an ambassador of Irish music on Ireland’s global outreach initiative. In 2013, Ireland is opening its arms to friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to Gatherings in villages, towns, and cities during this yearlong celebration of everything Irish. Byrom has released a music video featuring his performance of the song “My Land,” from his critically acclaimed album, This Is the Moment, as a means of inviting approximately 70 million individuals of Irish descent to Come Home in 2013.


Byrom’s performance of “My Land” reflects the undeniable charm and intrigue Ireland offers to the expected hundreds of thousands of visitors that will return to the land of their ancestors in 2013. David O’Sullivan, Executive Director of The Ireland U.S. Council, a premier business organization, is a native of Ireland and travels there frequently, yet exclaims, “After viewing the video and hearing Paul’s voice, even I want to go back to Ireland!” Thousands of Gatherings have already been organized by individual families and communities in Ireland, and many more are expected, with several taking place in Byrom’s hometown of Dublin. The song was written by Brendan Graham, whose accomplished, extensive repertoire includes the popular song, “You Raise Me Up,” a song Byrom has previously recorded and performed during his years as a member of the vocal ensemble Celtic Thunder. Graham’s expressive lyrics along with Byrom’s emotional rendition of “My Land” make it easy to see why families, groups and towns have already adopted this song as an anthem for their own Gathering.


Not only has Byrom partnered with The Gathering Ireland 2013 as an ambassador of music but he is hosting his own Gathering as well. He relocated to New York in 2010 and says, “After being away from home for so long now, I am extremely excited about going back to Ireland for my own family Gathering. We have a major occasion this year in our family where friends and relations will return home from all over the world to celebrate with us. That, of course, is my wedding. Both Dominique Coulter and I are extremely proud to be Irish, and we couldn't think of anywhere else in the world to get married, but to return to where our families’ roots are deep, where we will always call home. The Byrom and Coulter Gathering is something that I know will be remembered for a long time. I'm counting the days!”


We invite you to view and listen to Byrom’s recording of “My Land” and to adopt it for your own Gathering in 2013. The accompanying video not only highlights the talent of this artist, but also displays a variety of photos depicting Ireland’s breathtaking scenery as well as showcasing the warm, welcoming, fun loving people of Ireland. Further details are available.


Video of “My Land” (without lyrics)


Video of “My Land” (with lyrics)


The Gathering Ireland 2013


Paul Byrom exemplifies the art of a classically trained tenor with a dash of contemporary influence, coupled with charming, Irish wit and a penchant for enthusiastic storytelling. His talent as a tenor has taken him far and wide, and some of the many highlights of his career to date include performing for many dignitaries such as Irish President Mary McAleese, Emperor Akihito of Japan, and most recently for United States President, Barack Obama. Byrom was a member of the critically acclaimed show, Celtic Thunder, a male vocalist group made popular on PBS television stations and toured continuously in the United States, Canada, and Australia for several years. Byrom has since returned to his solo career and has been invited to film his own solo PBS program (music directed by Phil Coulter), scheduled to be broadcast on national television across the United States and Canada in mid to late 2013. His album, This Is the Moment, debuted at #1 on the World Billboard Chart and Byrom was honored as 2012’s Best Irish Tenor at the Irish Music Awards, held annually in the United States. Byrom regularly performs the United States National Anthem at major sporting events in both the United States and Ireland. The following link shows a recent performance of the Anthem at the TD Garden in Boston, MA, where Byrom is regularly requested to sing at the Boston Celtics home games.


Byrom, National Anthem - Boston Celtics, TD Garden


Please visit www.paulbyrom.ie for additional information, including upcoming tour dates and performances.


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