City University London.
City University London.
Based in New York for 13 years, Byrne currently resides in San Francisco and performs solo or with various bands on both coasts. In 2014, Byrne publicly announced her transgender status and transition and has continued to work as a musician and performer. In 2004, Byrne independently released her debut European Parliament, Dawn.
She was a pre-finalist for the new song competition at the 2004 Newport Folk Festival, and was the recipient of a PLUS Award from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
From 2004-2009 Byrne opened for such acts as Steve Forbert, Railroad Earth, Jack Hardy, Greensky Bluegrass, and Suzanne Vega. She was the longtime host of a popular weekly open mike at Micky"s Blue Room and later Banjo Jim"s in Alphabet City and was the lead guitarist in the Late Night band at Rockwood Music Hall from 2007-2009, performing weekly for most of its 18-month residency.
She released her first full-length album with The Ramblers in June 2008, recorded with David Immergluck of Counting Crows on additional lead guitar. In 2008, The Ramblers were the opening act for Levon Helm of The Band, at the Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, New York in June, and again at the Woodstock Playhouse that September.
In April 2010, The Ramblers released their second Civil Defense at Joe"s Public.
In September 2010, Byrne played lead guitar with Kent Burnside, grandson of R.L. Burnside, at Buddy Guy"s Legends in Chicago. The Ramblers also headlined Mercury Lounge that month. In October 2010, The Ramblers showcased at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, where they were noted as "Artists To Watch" by The Jazz Lawyer blog.
In July 2011, The Ramblers opened for Heartless Bastards at Mercury Lounge.
Later that summer they appeared at the Great South Bay and Portuguese Jefferson Music Festivals. In 2012 Byrne became endorsed by Doctorate"Addario Strings.
In February of that year, Byrne suffered a vocal hemorrhage. By August she had recovered enough to begin touring again behind her first solo acoustic record, Lucky, and subsequently appeared as a feature artist on John Platt"s show on WFUV. The album reached #31 on the Roots Music Report charts for New York-based artists by January 2013.
In 2014, Byrne was named by New Jersey alternative music newspaper The Aquarian Weekly" as one of the 30 most promising acts of 2014 and was chosen to compete in the Way of New York City "Battle of the Boroughs", and to perform as a showcase artist at the prestigious Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference.
Later in 2014, after she announced her transition on her blog, Byrne gave interviews to Sing Out! and WFDU-FM radio, and her poetry was featured in The Advocate. In the summer of 2014, she performed at Rockwood Music Hall, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Montclair CenterStage. She writes op-eds for The Advocate.
In 2015, Byrne was named an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, performing on the mainstage, and released her first solo full-length album, "As I American".