Ian Byrne and his band The Elders were honoured by his hometown on Tuesday (24th October) when the Members of Arklow Municipal District hosted a Civic Reception in their honour.
The Elders, hugely popular musicians who made their 15th annual trip home from their base in the USA to tour Ireland over the last two weeks, are led by Ian who grew up around the Meetings in Avoca and who states that Arklow has always been his home.
The band was founded in 1998 by six people with a passion for music rooted in American and Celtic folk rock. Their ability to bring together the art of storytelling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base as well as critical acclaim in numerous publications and awards.
For the past 15 years they have sponsored a tour of Ireland in which fans are invited to join in on a 13-day excursion visiting historical and geographical sights during the day and performing at a local pub or ballroom at night.
Speaking at the event, the Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District Cllr Tommy Annesley, said: “I want to welcome Ian back to his home town of Arklow and to congratulate him and the other band members on their success in the music industry. It is a privilege for myself and the Members of Arklow Municipal District to show our appreciation to The Elders for their efforts in supporting Arklow and to Ian, a consistent and devoted native who has never forgotten his roots.
The reception was attended by members from Arklow Music & Arts, the Byrne family and fans who travelled to Arklow with the band. The evening concluded with the band performing an original song called “Going to Arklow” which features on their new album.