CBS/Radio.com, Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Mainstage, and Rockwood Stage 2!

Hey everyone! Whew! it’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last two months. Let’s start with the big stuff!! First of all, I moved to San Francisco in June (what?!) but some pretty big stuff brought me back to NYC for a few weeks.

This Friday, July 31, I will be showcased as an Emerging Artist on the mainstage of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York.  This is a HUGE honor, and one I’ve been crossing my fingers about for a long time. it’s a juried showcase, so if you’re at the fest, make sure you see me play (I’m on second!) and vote for me as “Most Wanted” so I get formally booked next year!!

Second, I am performing in NYC on Tuesday, August 11 at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage Two. This is one of the best stages anywhere in the world, and I am so happy that my visit-home gig is on this stage with some of my best pals playing in the band — Chris Kelly, Scott Stein, and Scott Tofte. It’s a free show and it will ROCK. 196 Allen St (just south of Houston), FREE.

Last but certainly not least, I was recently featured on CBS/Radio.com by my dear friend Annie Reuter. She’s an incredible journalist and really represented my story in such a positive light. Thanks, again Annie…you folks can check out the article here: http://radio.com/2015/06/10/mya-byrne-trans-roots-singer-solo-debut-album-as-i-am/

So that’s about it for now. There will definitely be more stuff coming up, with 3 upcoming shows in the Bay Area Aug 19, 20, and 23, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes at Philadelphia Folk Festival, and other fall festivities. Keep in touch and if you know anyone on the West Coast you think I should meet (or who might want to book me!), let me know! :)

Much love,
Mya

 

On WFDU-FM today at 2! And BB Kings at 8!

Hey folks! Last-min radio appearance today!  Tune in at www.wfdu.fm for streaming video of me live in the studio with the legendary Ron Olesko, and if you’re in the NYC area you can tune in at 89.1 FM!

Mya Byrne at WFDU 89.1 FM www.wfdu.fm

 

I’m also playing tonight with my good friends in Porkchop Willie at an all-star benefit to support the Mississippi Blues Trail and to induct my some of my heroes into the New York Blues Hall of Fame! At the amazing BB King’s Blues Club on 42nd Street in NYC..show starts at 8 pm!

BB King’s Benefit Concert

 

Spring News: MSNBC appearance, NJ Music Festival + House Concert, & New Video!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay in updating. I was lucky enough to take in the last bit of the winter way out West, where I had fun recording a live album with my dear friend Debbie Miller and exploring Seattle and San Francisco (where I hope to move this summer…whaaaa?).

Here’s the news: I was featured on MSNBC in a Vocativ piece on transgender lives, in advance of the Jenner interview. I am proud to have been a part of this along with my friends from Black Trans Media. Please watch and share!

My next two appearances are both very special– On Sunday, May 17, I will be performing at Muses in the Vineyard, a women’s music festival in Belvedere, NJ, along with pals Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, and Honor Finnegan. It’s really an honor to be included among so many of my friends and other amazing women artists. http://www.musesinthevineyard.com/muses.asp

Last, but certainly not least, on Sunday, June 7, I am performing at Cozy Cabin House Concerts in Watchung, New Jersey, in a double bill with my dear friend Marci Geller. This will be an outdoor show on a beautiful back deck of a gorgeous house in the country, right in the middle of suburban NJ. It’s my last hometown-area show for some time, and I’d love to make it a blowout! For reservations or more info, go to http://www.cozycabinconcerts.com/contact.html.

Oh! And my brand-new video!! Recorded by Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studio. I’m playing every instrument!!! Enjoy–I’m REALLY proud of this song.

That really is it for now. So much love to all of you!!

Hugs,
Mya

 

Book launch, Rockwood 3 w’ Heather Styka, + more

Hey all!  Thanks first off to everyone who made my CD release show such a success — it was great to have such an incredibly packed house–especially on such a cold cold night! Those of you who pre-ordered the CDs-  they should be coming to you this week. Those of you who might not have yet, well — you can get it right here at www.myabyrne.bandcamp.com.

In just a week or so, Friday, February 13, Pamela Alex DiFrancesco will officially launch their debut novel, The Devils That Have Come to Stay. The party is at at The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division (http://bgsqd.com), New York’s premier queer bookstore, and is free! Why do I mention this? Because I will be performing songs based on the novel (an Acid Western – think Easy Rider meets No Country for Old Men, set in the Gold Rush) that the two of us wrote together. 208 W 13th St (@The Center)

The very next day, Friday, February 14, at 7 pm, I’ll be back at the Bureau for  NERD LOVE! An alternative valentine’s celebration hosted by my friend Kelli Dunham. It’s going to be super fun and there will be candy.

Last, but certainly not least – I am pleased as punch to welcome my good friend Heather Styka to NYC on her winter tour. The two of us will play a duo show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street. Tickets are only $8, but they are VERY limited — only 50 (it’s an intimate room) — so get yours in advance!  http://www.ticketfly.com/event/764273-heather-styka-mya-byrne-duo-new-york/

So that’s about it for right now. The new album should launch on iTunes any day now, and until then, here’s some vid from the CD release filmed by my excellent pal, Sam Teichman.

 

Rockwood CD Release Wed Jan 14, Topside Review!

Hey everyone. I’m thrilled to announce my record release party at Rockwood Music Hall this Wednesday, January 14, at 7 pm. We’re performing the entirety of “As I Am” plus a few new tunes to boot. The full band features friends Chris Kelly, Andy Mac, Scott Stein, Craig Greenberg, and Mark Marshall!  We just rehearsed and it sounds AMAZING. I hope you can make it out! Rockwood Stage 2: 196 Allen St, New York NY. 

Mya Byrne at Rockwood Music Hall

The other sweet news is that the CD got a fabulous review from Topside Press, an award-winning publisher of trans and queer literature, on their new blog spotlighting queer artists of note. The review is by Kara Tucker, and you can check it out by clicking this link: http://topsidepress.com/spotlight/review-as-i-am-by-mya-byrne

So that’s about it. Can’t wait to play for y’all! Oh, and don’t forget you can purchase the CD as a download or hard copy at www.myabyrne.bandcamp.com! 

Cheers,

Mya

Outpost in the Burbs, Kate Pierson/The Advocate, CD Release!

Hey everyone! It’s been an exciting fall, and I’m back with a few great announcements. First off:

Last Friday, December 12, I opened for Joseph Arthur in Montclair, NJ at  Outpost in the Burbs! This was a huge honor and a great opportunity, and thanks top all of my friends who came, and big big thanks to Bill Brandenburg and Gail Prusslin for making this happen!!

The other big news is that I wrote two articles for the Advocate about trans representation in music. One is an op-ed about Kate Pierson and her recent controversial release of a song she dubbed a “trans anthem” on her new album “Guitars and Microphones”, that many, including myself, have deemed offensive and transphobic (whether Pierson intended to or not, though I belive her heart was in the right place), and in the other, trans writer Mitch Kellaway and I collated a list of 37 trans songs by trans people in response to this.

Here are the links:

http://bit.ly/myabyrneoped

http://bit.ly/transanthems (features my song “Lost Angel“, as well as many other great artists!)

Last but not least, please mark your calendars for January 14, 2015. I will be releasing my brand new cd, As I Am (which you can pre-purchase on Bandcamp) at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC! 7 pm, www.rockwoodmusichall.com

 Much love,
Mya

Radio, fall shows, and more!

Hey folks!! What an amazing fall it’s turning out to be. Here’s the scoop.

First of all, some huge news: I was chosen to perform at the prestigious Folk DJ showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) this November. This is the queen of folk music events, and it’s an amazing honor– I will be performing in front of nearly every folk DJ in the country!  Cross your fingers for me, and thanks to the legendary Ron Olesko for making it happen.

Last week, I was interviewed and my music featured on an internationally-broadcast radio program, Making Contact. The program focuses on voice, specifically what our voices say about us, and I talk about losing my voice, and regaining it concurrent to my coming out as trans. It’s pretty special – please check it out!

I have a few things happening this coming week. On Monday October 20, at 7, I play a few songs for a songwriter’s evening at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street. $10, with a great group of friends inclusing Jacqueline Francis and Ina May Wool.

On Thursday October 23 from 7-11, I will be helping to host the Third Wave Fund’s REVIVE! Party at 200 Orchard St, to benefit youth activism for gender justice. Legendary DJ Juliana Huxtable will be spinning, and it’s sliding scale – no one will be turned away.

But the big, big show is next Saturday night, Oct 25, I perform with my friend Marci Geller at First Acoustics, at the First Unitarian Church, Pierrepont Street at Morgan, Brooklyn Heights. This is a premier folk venue, and will be a great evening. I hope very much you will come down if you’re in the area. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, 8 pm sharp.

So that’s about it. Sending lotsa love…and my new CD is almost done, btw!  I can’t wait for you to hear it.

Warmly,
Mya

BIG showcase news, and more

Hey y’all! Sorry for the radio silence, but I have been busy busy finishing my new record for you, which will hopefully be out very soon!  So here we go:

*I have been selected for the Folk DJ Showcase at the 2014 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference. This is a big big deal — I’ll be performing in front of almost every folk DJ in the country –and I was nominated to perform by my friend and advocate, the legendary Ron Olesko. What an honor!! Thanks to Rich Warren and Diane Crowe, too, for their support. I’m excited to return to NERFA as myself for the first time, and will be performing various guerrilla showcases as well. In addition, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes also have an official showcase at NERFA – so I’m gonna be a very busy lady!!

*My music will be featured on RadioProject.org for a broadcast about trans women’s voices. If you’re coming here from that page, please write to me for a free download of the featured songs.

* I am opening for Joseph Arthur at Outpost in the Burbs on December 12. This is really humbling, and my biggest regional performance to date! Thanks to Bill Brandenburg and Gail Prusslin for making me a part of the Outpost family. Buy tickets here: http://outpost.ticketleap.com/joseph-arthur/

More big news to come soon, I am sure!! Cross your fingers… -m

Summer recap: Thanks Rockwood, Falcon Ridge and Montclair, plus new vids

I have had another whirlwind few weeks. Let’s go backwards…

Aug 9: I performed at Montclair CenterStage presented by Outpost in the Burbs, and found out I’m being considered for an opening spot at the latter!! This is a huge honor and I’m crossing my fingers. Thanks to Bill Brandenburg and Gail Prusslin for believing in me and supporting my music in such a big way, and to Joann Smalls at CenterStage for hosting this incredible event. (Check out the writeup in the Montclair Times last week by clicking this sentence.) Oh, and Gail was kind enough to take a video that is now on the Outpost YouTube page!

July 31-Aug 3: Along with buddies Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, I played a LOT at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, which was incredibly fun. It was wonderful to be embraced by my folk music community, many of whom hadn’t seen me since I transitioned. Thanks everyone who helped make this event amazing for me, especially Ethan and Jake from Pesky J. Nixon, Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Jesse Terry, Gordon Nash and Budgiedome, Richard Cuccaro at AcousticLive and all of my fellow Pirate Campers.

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest - photo by Dan Tappan

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest – photo by Dan Tappan (left to right- Scott Wolfson, Matt Laurita, Mya Byrne)

 

July 29: And last but most definitely not least, I was honored and thrilled to play my first big show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall on Tues, July 29, joined by some of my best friends: Scott Stein, Chris Kelly, Craig Greenberg, and Andy Mac. Thanks to Ken Rockwood, Matt Currie and the whole staff for their love and supprt. Here’s one more video for you from the show,  by Sam Teichman Photo and Video, my version of my dear friend Marci Geller‘s “Forgotten Dreams.”

 

 

SingOut!, The Advocate, acting debut, Karyn Oliver, DC house concert, and compared to Jerry Garcia?!?!

Oh my, what a wonderful few days this has been. I’m not saying any bit of this life is necessarily easy, but gosh, a lot of magical moments have happened.

First off, the great Ron Olesko, who had me as a guest on his WFDU-FM show a few weeks ago, wrote an incredible article about my appearance in SingOut!, and discusses the struggles of transgender artists in a wonderfully respectful way. If you have a few moments, please visit this link: http://singout.org/2014/06/16/mya-byrne/

Second, over the weekend, my trans poet colleagues and I were featured in The Advocate! I’m thrilled for my first publication as an out trans artist, and hope you will all enjoy these great selections from the Trans Poets Workshop. http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/2014/07/05/new-trans-voices-hear-trans-poets-workshop-nyc?page=full

Third, I make my acting debut in a fantastic new play written by Maxe Crandall, called “Together, Men Make Paradigms.” It takes place at the Hot! Festival this Thursday, July 10 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and it’ll be worth it!! http://dixonplace.org/performances/together-men-make-paradigms/

The very next day, July 11, I perform with my very very talented friend Karyn Oliver at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 (185 Orchard St). I’m excited to back her up..she’s one of my favorite songwriters and has become an incredibly dear friend. Tickets are $10: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/609859-karyn-oliver-new-york/

We’re not done yet! The next day, July 12, I head down to Rockville, MD, for a fantastic solo house concert at Oops House of Music. I hope my DC pals can and will make it! https://www.facebook.com/events/387243051417729/

To close out this lil’ message – I’m also thrilled that my esteemed producer, Neale Eckstein, got an incredible review in No Depression for his collection of songs, “Click”, which I was privileged to sing on with a whole lot of my folks pals. The author gives much well-deserved praise to many of the participants..and I was stunned and humbled to be compared to one of my heroes: “[Byrne] carries the lyric with shades of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead”. WOW!!! 

Ok, that’s about it for now. And don’t forget my BIG full-band show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on July 29! It’s my debut as Mya Byrne on one of the best stages in the nation…this show is FREE, and also will help benefit our local LGBTQIA homeless youth shelter. More details on that to come!

Love,
Mya