What have I been up to? I’ve been writing a TON of songs (most of that is on Patreon, or on http://www.youtube.com/myabyrnemusic, where there are several cool new videos), I’ve become a staff writer at http://www.countryqueer.com, I’ve been doing a bit of public performance online, and just trying to keep it together during this time. A short film I made was selected in a film festival, my poetry was added to the Fire Thieves collection by SF Poet Laureate Emerita Kim Shuck, I performed in No Exit Theatre Company’s online production of “Rossum’s Universal Robots”…there’s been a lot. It’s not easy to catch y’all up in one blog post, so I won’t try to do that, but I just want to say, I hope you’re staying safe, and keep checking in for a major website overhaul coming soon!
Hello friends, here’s the scoop! Big stuff: Residency continues at SF’s premiere acoustic venue, The Lost Church, and I’m in NYC for the #Rockwood15Years celebration month! Plus a trip to SXSW, a recording session or two, and other cool stuff to come. Times and ticket links tba. Stay tuned!
Feb 9: Guitar w’ Secret Emchy Society @ Dot’s Hoedown, Ivy Room, Albany CA Feb 13: Bass for The Homobiles @ Ivy Room, Albany, CA Feb 14: Guitar for Copyslut @ 924 Gilman, Berkeley, CA Feb 16: Mya Byrne acoustic, in the round at Tom Clark’s Treehouse, 2A Bar, NY, NY Feb 28: Mya Byrne & Friends @ ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, NY NY! Full band, 7 pm sharp! Mar 12-13: Guitar for Secret Emchy Society mini-tour, Oakland and Grass Valley, CA Mar 14: Bass for The Homobiles @ Bottom of the Hill, SF, CA Mar 19-22: SXSW, Austin TX, various appearances (will be updated shortly) Mar 29: Mya Byrne acoustic residency show #2 @ Lost Church, 65 Capp St, SF, CA, 730 pm doors Apr 23: Mya Byrne & Friends, full band show @ El Rio, SF, CA, 9 pm sharp May 31: Mya Byrne acoustic residency show #3 @ Lost Church, 65 Capp St, SF, CA, 730 pm doors
Hi all! What a great run these last two months have been. To catch you up, I was the first trans woman to perform at SF’s Dyke March under her own name, which was incredibly exciting; my song “Faultline” won Best Folk Song at the TTMAs, the first-ever awards show dedicated to trans and gnc artists, and I performed with my bands at so many shows, including opening for Pansy Division(!) and showcasing at Fabulosa, an incredible feminist music festival. Lots of other cool things are happening I can’t mention yet, but all I can say is: cross your fingers for me! Here’s my fall schedule. Excited to be playing with bands like Karen and the Sorrows, Paisley Fields, Mercy Bell, and so many others!! Love n stuff… talk soon. -M
Oct 11: Solo acoustic supporting Brook Pridemore, The Hidden Cafe, Berkeley CA Oct 23: Mya Byrne & the Something Extra at Myrtle Manor, Oakland CA Oct 26: Homobiles @ Thee Parkside, SF, CA Oct 29: Trans Femme Showcase w’ Lara Americo, Henrietta Hudson’s, NYC Oct 30: Leave a Lasting Mark’s Rolling Stones Tribute, Bitter End, NYC Nov 2: Solo 5pm matinee show at Rockwood Music Hall (ticket link here) Nov 6: Radio Free Brooklyn Nov 8: Queer Music Showcase, Branded Saloon, Brooklyn Nov 9: Trans Voices Cabaret, Duplex, NYC Nov 11: Queer Country Showcase, Dee’s, Nashville TN Nov 15: Foam, St. Louis, MO Nov 17: Lavender Country at 924 Gilman, Berkeley, CA Dec 4: Solo acoustic, Alley Cat Galleria, SF Dec 5: Homobiles at El Rio, SF, CA Dec 7: Solo acoustic at Bazaarstock, Bazaar Cafe, SF (presented by KC Turner)
Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to share some good news. Along with great gigs, on Feb 7, I’m in NYC for a live-to-vinyl custom 45 session, like an audio Polaroid. I’m only making as many as are preordered online at https://leestavall.com/products/myabyrne. I’m also going to be playing at the Duplex Feb 2 for Julie Gold’s Magic Knight project. Over the last few years, Julie has invited her songwriter friends to compose a song at the very piano she wrote her Grammy-winning hit “From A Distance” on. I’m excited to play her the song I wrote when I visited her in November, along with other great songwriters. Full schedule is below! <3 -m
Jan 24 – Secret Emchy Society at Lost Church, SF (lap steel
Jan 30 – Kim Lembo at Starline Social Club, Oakland (mandolin and guitar)
Jan 31 – Women in Music Roundtable, Center For New Music, SF
Feb 2 – Julie Gold’s Magic Knight Project, The Duplex NYC
(Mya solo piano)
Hey folks! Proud to announce my latest music gigs –
On August 23 I’ll be performing my songs at El Rio with Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace) and KB Boyce. Expect some Americana-rock goodness. 3158 Mission St (@ Cesar Chavez), 8 pm-10 pm.
On August 26, I’ll be holding down bass for The Homobiles at the new Oakland location of the Elbo Room (the former Nightlight). 311 Broadway, Oakland CA, 8 pm.
In late August I will have to take some time off from music because of a major injury I’ve had, but will be posting new songs weekly to my Patreon page – please sign up for member exclusives and to support my art! Tiers start at a dollar. Check it out! https://www.patreon.com/myabyrnemusic
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be coming home for a few days. I’m more excited that I was able to schedule a show with my very busy band of NYC aces, Chris Kelly, Scott Stein, and Andy Mac! I hope you can make it.
Sending best wishes,
Mya at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1
Mon, Feb 19, 2018 – No cover, 10 pm
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
Hi friends! I’m back in my hometown for a great gig with my buddy Chris Kelly and pal Andy Mac. It’s Tuesday, August 15, at 11 pm, following the incredible Michael Daves. I hope to see you! Rockwood is at 196 Allen Street, NY, NY, 10002. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. No cover, all the rock!
I also just released a new single (with me on every instrument!) to benefit Trans Lifeline, and inspired by David Crosby’s recent call for a new “Ohio” for our times. It’s available exclusively on my Bandcamp. Check it out here!
One bonus show tomorrow, Aug 10 — I’ll be with my friends at the Leave a Lasting Mark concert series to benefit Oxfam, playing a couple of NYC summer songs! That’s 7-9 pm at the Bitter End.
And when I get back to SF, I’ve got a few great shows – with the Homobiles at Chico Pride on August 19, and solo at the Condor Club in North Beach August 20! Woot!
Hi friends! I’m really excited to be coming back to NYC for a quick spring visit to catch up with some dear friends, and play a couple of very cool shows!
First is an incredible Sunday afternoon house concert + dinner in Westbury, LI! Though it is acoustic, I’m amped up (heh heh) for this event and hope to see a bunch of my Long Island pals. It’s at 4:30 pm, Sunday May 7, at a private home — email FunkhouseConcerts (at) gmail.com for reservations. $20 suggested donation, includes dinner, no one turned away for lack of funds! Special opening guest: Pepper Brooks.And capping off the trip is (thanks to all the folks who came out for the last show!) an encore full-band Rockwood Music Hall set! It’s free, at Stage 1, with my NYC band: Chris Kelly, Andy Mac, and Scott Stein. Expect the rock. 10 pm, Wednesday May 10. 196 Allen Street, NYC (just south of Houston). (www.rockwoodmusichall.com)
And when I get back to the Bay, I’ve got two great shows: the first is bass for The Homobiles at The Nightlight in Oakland on May 14, and then I’ll be performing with my SF band at Concord Pride on the Plaza on May 20. Keep posted for that!
OMG! It has been a fabulous month of music and a badass month of activism. Last week, I spoke at the SF Gender Strike, in solidarity with International Women’s Day. It was an unbelievable and humbling experience. I am certain we as people are on the verge of some real social change despite external forces. Keep it going!!
So I’m back in NYC for a wonderful, groundbreaking arts festival, and figured since I haven’t been home in 6 months I might as well play a kickass show with my pals! So my full band plays this Weds, March 15, at 11 pm – no cover charge. Right before me are Maddy Wyatt and Michael Wagner, two of my dear friends from the NYC scene – it’s basically a family reunion. 196 Allen Street, New york, NY 10002. www.rockwoodmusichall.com
The very next night, Thursday, March 16, I am honored to be part of the Leave a Lasting Mark tribute to NYC songs, in memory of Kenny Gorka,which is a benefit concert for the foundation set up in his memory for musicians in need. That’s at the Bitter End, and I’ll be singing lead on one song and jamming guitar on a few others. 147 Bleecker St, $10 suggested donation.