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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Neil Byrne: Master of Suspense

Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of Pale Blue Jak, "Faces", an album created by Neil Byrne as a side project from his Celtic Thunder singing career. For the past few months Neil has been posting bizarre cartoon critters, with no additional information, on his Pale Blue Jak facebook site. Leading into this weekend Neil posted all of these cartoon critter drawings together in one post on his official website, with no new information, beyond his cryptic "all will be revealed soon". Today he posted that he was hard at work on a new blog post for us, but we are still in suspense, and Celtic Thunder is singing for the Pentagon tomorrow, so I'd imagine we may have to be patient a bit longer unless he's posting something as type this. As fanbase management goes, I'm rather impressed so far with Neil and his postbox videos, regular facebook posts and blog updates, and his seeming accessibility to his fans. If he builds up all this curiosity and fails to cash in on it, of course it may backfire rather badly, but if he really has news worthy of the audience his cartoon posts have been hooking, he has greater momentum for whatever he's about to reveal. In the meantime just imagine his adorable mischievous grin every time I see these critter pictures.

Happy Release Date Anniversary, Pale Blue Jak!

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