Irish duo Byrne and Kelly are delighted to return to Kansas City on May 3, 2019 for their second benefit concert with the BMA Foundation. Driven by dynamic vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly combines genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, Celtic folk sound that has garnered comparisons to iconic folk-rock duos like Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers.
Byrne and Kelly's latest release, Echoes, is a collection of nine original tracks and the well known Irish classic 'Step It Out Mary'. During a remote weekend writing retreat in County Cavan, Ireland with fellow musicians Nicole Hudson and Peter Sheridan, the seed for the Echoes album was planted. Just over a year later, the result is a 10 track album featuring songs that highlight their rich, Irish culture and experiences traveling the world playing music. Echoes received immediate chart success following its release in February of 2016 and hit the #1 spot on the iTunes World Music chart, Billboard Top 5 World Album, #1 Amazon Traditional Folk and #1 Amazon Traditional British & Folk charts, Amazon Top 100 Album, and Google Play Top World Album.
The follow up to Echoes came in film format with the release of a music documentary film titled Echoes: The Story which delves into the history and songwriting stories behind the tracks from the Echoes album. The film landed air time on various PBS stations across America, reached the Top 5 on Amazon’s Top Documentaries list, was chosen an official selection into the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and most recently picked up two awards from the World Music and Independent Film Festival for ‘Best Music Documentary’ and ‘Best Original Soundtrack’.
The BMA Foundation aims to positively touch the lives of others through charitable giving, providing educational opportunities and promoting animal welfare in honor of Brian Anselmo. For more information about Brian, the foundation and their incredible work in the community please visit their website here.