At 15 Neil began playing with his father’s band, performing at corporate events, balls, weddings, etc. The following year Neil’s father retired from the music scene and handed the reigns over to Neil. He was fortunate to be playing (and studying) alongside one of Ireland's most renowned jazz bass players, Frank Hess, and Frank began teaching him about musical arrangements. At the same time Neil was playing base guitar and lead vocals of a retro funk band, performing a lot of American classic 70’s music, from artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and George Benson. It was at this stage that he began to discover what he had to offer from a song writing and composition standpoint.
He began collaborating with a talented young Dublin band, and went on to make a debut album, which they performed at O2 in the Park Festival in Dublin to an audience of 100,000 people. Neil has also had a single in the Top 10 in the Irish Charts, and has won acclaim and awards for his song writing in competitions in Ireland and abroad.
The Neil Byrne Official Website Coming soon, as well as an all new EP in the making