September 20th, 2022 6pm Stage 1
Mya Byrne and Swan Real are real-life lovers and musical partners, visible leaders in the presence of queer trans women in professional music. Mya is a country/Americana artist recently signed to Kill Rock Stars, with a new single released to praise from Rolling Stone and Billboard. Swan is an indie rocker and producer/engineer, and is the director of sound for 99% Invisible on Sirius XM, one of the world’s most popular podcasts. The two are currently recording their first duo EP, “The Hidden Heart”. Highly influenced by Gillian Welch, their resonant expression is powerfully vulnerable and quietly haunting, weaving in and out of each other’s notes and words, music that speaks so much of what it feels to be an outsider, transcending pain while embraced by the joy of queer community, queer love, and queer survival.
In addition to her solo career, she produces music and plays with many artists onstage and in the studio, including The Homobiles, fronted by Lynn Breedlove (formerly of Tribe 8). Mya’s own music has been favorably compared to Lucinda Williams by way of Nick Drake, and challenges the expectation of queer trans women in folk and Americana. Since 2017, she's also toured and recorded with the legendary Lavender Country.