Vinyl Release! Clare Byrne

Hello Friends! 

Clare Byrne Celestials piano photo by Gus Ziesing
The vinyl (& final) release party for my album Celestials is coming up in a month, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, just north of New Haven, CT where I now live. Best Video is a very cool unusual venue –  a cultural resource/archive for video rentals – and for wonderfully diverse music and art events. Hope you can come check out the music and the spot.

Vinyl Release Party
Saturday June 15, 2019
1842 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 287-9286
Tickets: $5-10 Sliding Scale

CT Celestials Facebook Event Page:

There will be a lotta great live music, with the amazing musicians who played on the album –  Amy Larimer, Ted Looby, Nicholas Leichter, Dan Strauss performing Celestials’ songs with me – along with other TBA musicians. AND very special guests Phil Rosenthal and the Elm City Ramblers (which I’m so happy to be a part of!) will be contributing some wonderful bluegrass to the evening.

And yes dust off those turntables! You will be able to buy the double vinyl album on site, with jacket and sleeve design by VT artist Alec Julien and photos by NYC photographer Hiroyuki Ito. It includes full lyrics. The album was mastered for vinyl by Wes Garland at Nashville Record Productions. You also get a digital download. It’s a beautiful whole package. 

If you haven’t checked out the album online, please do!

Clare Byrne Celestials album cover design by Alec Julien photo by Hiroyuki Ito
I have more info below  – don’t hesitate to write back, ask questions, or just say hello – and hope to see you at Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

all my best,

Celestials is available for listening and purchase digitally at:


Clare Byrne’s latest song cycle wields folk rock, rhythm & blues and gospel in a acoustic/electric mixes, with incisive, introspective lyrics. Celestials has assembled a diverse and multi-talented group of Burlington, Brooklyn and Connecticut musicians for album release events in three states. 


The album spans five years of songwriting and a year of recording – a year of record change and loss for Byrne, and the decision to leave Burlington, VT for New Haven, CT. The twin albums Sister and Brother cross areas of relationship, gender, race, and geography from Vermont to Italy, to intimate landscapes of the heart. It contains fourteen original songs by Byrne, a song written for Byrne by Brooklyn songwriter Rodrigo Alonzo, and the traditional “The Water is Wide.”  Celestials gives voice to Byrne’s friendships and collaborations with musicians, dancers, and visual artists. It also includes the lament/protest “EG Blues” documenting the case of Eric Garner, a black Staten Island man killed in 2014 by a white Staten Island police officer.


Thirteen musicians contributed to the making of the album. Grounding the project is Byrne’s collaboration with Burlington-based multi-guitarist Ted Looby; essential contributions are by Rodrigo Alonzo on vocals (NYC), Paul Besaw on vocals (VT), Selene Colburn on vocals (VT), Jom Hammack on mandolin and vocals (VT), Colin Henkel on congas, cajon, and drums (VT), Danielle Hill on cello (VT), Patricia Julien on flute (VT), Chong Ho Kim on vocals (VT), Amy Larimer on vocals (NYC), Nicholas Leichter on vocals and piano (NYC), Dan Strauss on guitar, synthesizer, and vocals (NYC), and Gus Ziesing on saxophone and drums. (VT).


The album was recorded, mixed, and digitally mastered by Gus Ziesing at Low Tech Studios at One Main Street in Burlington, VT. 


The vinyl album, pressed at Burlington Record Plant, VT (, with jacket photographs by New York Times music photographer Hiroyuki Ito (, design by Burlington, VT graphic and font designer Alec Julien (, and mastering for vinyl by Wes Garland in Nashville, TN, will be available for pre-purchase at the Burlington release party, and in hand at the New Haven CT release event. The vinyl album includes a digital download card. 



Byrne is a dancer-and-choreographer-turned-musician who has performed and taught in New York City and environs, Burlington, and around the world. She began songwriting through guitar, harmonica and piano in 2011; her EP Seed ( was released in Vermont in 2017, after which she toured Ireland with Ink the Octopus (Dan Strauss and Remy de Laroque). 


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