Interview with Paul Byrom!

If you've followed my blog for any amount of time, then you know I love to support Celtic and Irish music. Well, today I get share with you all my interview with former Celtic Thunder singer, now solo singer Paul Byrom! One of the original members, he left to begin his solo work back in 2010. He   now does multiple successful solo tours as well as occasionally doing theater/musical panto. Without further ado, let's get started!

Mercy:  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Paul: I'm a Dublin-born crossover over tenor. I started professionally at the age of 12 when cast in my first opera “Amhal and the Nightvisitors” at Irelands National Concert Hall, subsequently releasing my first album at the age of 14. Since then, I’ve had 5 solo albums and a TV Special.

Mercy: What started your interest in music?
Paul: As a toddler, I always seemed to show interest in music and when I started school, they were doing the school musical. I was cast in the lead role, and it was my first taste of performing. I loved it and was hooked.

From Robin Hood
Mercy: Can you share a little bit about your experience in the musical panto you did of Robin Hood? Paul: It's fantastic fun. In Ireland and the UK, Panto is a big part of the Christmas period. It's where productions are put on of all our favourite fairytales and stories. What makes it different is the local jokes that are sprinkled in it throughout. I did 86 shows in 2 months. Needless to say, I was tired by the end. However it was a wonderful experience and I got to work with a fantastic group of people

Mercy: Do you play any musical instruments?
Paul: I learnt the piano as a child, but singing was always my main focus. I let the piano slide a bit and regret it a bit.

Mercy: What is your favorite place that you’ve ever visited?
Paul: Has to be Paris. Beautiful. Romantic, and everything I thought it would be.

Mercy: What is one of the biggest differences in Irish and American culture?
Paul: Well, I think that’s a hard one to answer, as there are quite a few in many respects. As people, I think we are both very friendly people and welcoming. However, I think the gun culture in America is the biggest difference and the hardest one for us in Ireland to understand.

Mercy: Do you have any hobbies/things you like to do in your free time?
Paul: Yes, I love Crossfit. It's a high intensity, constantly varied style of working out. I enjoy staying fit and work hard at it. I find it helps me with stress, too. I never leave the gym in bad form.

Mercy: What is a must-see place for someone visiting Ireland for the first time?
Paul: I would say it's probably easier for you to just come on the Paul Byrom “Come Home To Ireland” bus tour. You see all you need to see!!!

Mercy: What is a piece of advice you’d give an aspiring singer?
Paul: Commit, learn your skill and trade, and be ready for disappointment. But if you're committed, it shouldn’t deter you. Be prepared for tough periods of time, but that makes the good times even better!

Mercy: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Paul: I have curly hair.

Mercy: What is one of your favorite songs to sing?
Paul: Deliliah.

Mercy: Lastly, for all your Celtic Thunder fans, what is one of your favorite memories with the group?
Paul: Singing for President Obama in the White House. A gent of a man, and a true honour.

Paul, thank you so much for taking the time to do this. It was a pleasure to have you on my blog!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about this talented singer as much as I did! He was one of the first reasons I liked Celtic Thunder and started really enjoying Celtic Music. He is a magnificently talented singer and if you weren't already planning to go see him on his March US tour head on over to Paul's Website and buy yourself some tickets to go see him on his upcoming tour!
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Thanks for reading!
~Mercy
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  1. paul byrom is wonderful, very talented, very sweet, he cares for his fans his puppy bradley. he takes the time to listen and understand what his fans tell him. his music is very powerful and it helps me get through every day life. i am glad i know him and hope to meet him again one day.

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