“Byrne’s grasp of contrast – her ability to match stunning range, capability, and emotion with coolness and restraint – make ‘Demise’ one of this year’s most compelling releases thus far.” – The Line of Best Fit
Harmony Byrne, born the third of seven children in a Mormon family in Melbourne, Australia, grew up with a love of church hymns until she fell in love with the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll as a teenager.
After enrolling in the Waldorf School of the Arts in Melbourne, Byrne devoted her time to learning guitar and piano, and developed her songwriting repertoire. During the last 5 years she lived with members of The Teskey Brothers among the trees in Warrandyte, Victoria, then opened for them on a UK tour, and, ultimately, gained recognition of her own in Australia as a touring solo artist.
Now, at 26, her sound captures the evocative yearning of Jeff Buckley, the tantalising blues of Janis Joplin and the rapturous rock of Led Zeppelin.
MONDAY MARCH 11
SXSW Second Play Stage
TUESDAY MARCH 12
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13
Two For The Showcase
FRIDAY MARCH 15
SATURDAY MARCH 16
Stephen F’s Bar