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!