where it began

‘the day I see a better Diamond, will be the day the man himself appears on stage.’

Adrian Revere.  The Mercury

Endorsed by Neil Diamond

International singer of popular music and folk songs, and creator and star of award winning tribute act to Neil Diamond, Peter Byrne is one of Australia’s most talented and versatile entertainers. Peter’s career is studded with awards from the entertainment industry, acknowledging his outstanding ability to create and perform shows that take his audience on a memorable journey of songs and music, Peter’s professional productions, along with a warm, sparkling personality and a delightful touch of Irish wisdom, charm and humor, has resulted in a ‘cult-like’ band of dedicated fans who provide the nucleus of a audience at all of his public appearances.

Peter began his career singing in pubs in his birthplace of Dublin, and the early signs of his youthful talent resulted in his first big break into show business as the support act for the Furey’s.  Always the adventurer, Peter set out for Australia and soon began performing around Sydney in pubs or as a wedding singer or at private functions. While singing folk music and Neil Diamond songs during one of his weekly performances at ‘Kitty O’Sheas’, Paddington, Peter was asked to perform the music of Neil Diamond in a cabaret show, ‘Idolz in Concert’.  This performance sent Peter’s creative juices into overdrive, and after months of research and planning, ‘Forever Diamond’, and Peter’s first tribute to Neil Diamond hit the boards sending Peter’s career into overdrive.  Peter began appearing on national television programs like ‘Good Morning Australia’ with Bert Newton and ‘The Midday Show’ with Kerri-Anne Kennelly and has since appeared on live TV across Australia 18 times in the last 20 years.

When Peter first performed his production of the tribute show, ‘Hot August Night’ in 1997, as a 25thanniversary  to one of the greatest live albums of all time, with a 40- piece orchestra backing him, he received a standing ovation from the 4,000 plus audience at the Sydney Convention Centre.  The ‘Hot August Night’ tribute show has been performed every August since that first night, in the UK, on cruise ships all over the world, and Australian venues such as State Theatre, Sydney, Crown Casino Melbourne and Perth Adelaide Festival and Taronga Zoo Twilight series from 2011 to 2013.  Peter has received seven ACE Awards and after receiving another of his many ‘MO’ awards for best Production Show’, Peter’s talent was acknowledged by the great man himself as follows:

‘Thanks for the great tribute.’ Neil Diamond

Peter is the consummate performer, at home in an intimate setting, playing guitar and singing from his wide repertoire of songs, or performing with a 30-piece symphony orchestra for a huge audience. He has now developed two additional shows, ‘His music, his life’ – an extension of ‘Hot August Night’, and CELTIC BEAT‘Legends of Ireland’ – a tribute to the music of Peter’s homeland, saluting Irish folk, pop and rock singers, such as the Furey’s, Foster and Allen, the Corr’s and U2, Van Morrisson and many more

One thing is for sure ‘PETER BYRNE IS NO ROUGH DIAMOND’.