Left to right: Crona Ni Dhalaigh (Lord Mayor of Dublin), Kay Byrne (George’s mum), Mick Byrne (George’s dad), Pat Garry (Chair of the South Inner City Community Dublin Association and the Liberties Festival).
Trouble Pilgrims were proud and privileged to be a part of the recent tribute concert in Whelan’s for George Byrne which raised €8000. A cheque for which was presented at the start of the Liberties Festival to set up a new student bursary in his honour to the South Inner City Community Dublin Association.
Trouble Pilgrims at Whelanlive for George Byrne – Photo Brian Palm
George Byrne was someone who believed in telling things the way he saw them both with the music he listened to and the films he saw. He did so with style an humour. His passing was a shock to us all. We lost a friend and a supporter. George was a fan and came to as many of our gigs as he could whether we played as The Radiators from Space or Trouble Pilgrims.
Often coming up and saying that we better play Love Detective or Blitzin’ At The Ritz. So it was fitting and humbling to be asked to play his tribute show. The night reflected his love of music in its diversity and energy. We rocked for George and hoped that he was smiling down on us – and all the acts who will equally acutely feel his loss.