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Common ground: Longtime friends Julie Byrne, Vagabon touring together

Julie Byrne and Laetitia Tamko have a deep mutual respect for each other.

The two musicians have performed with each other over the years.

They are now taking their friendship to another level by touring with each other for the first time.

“It’s going to be fun to have her around,” Byrne says in a recent phone interview. “We’ve built this really great friendship.”

Byrne and Tamko are considered rising stars in the music industry.

And each woman has her own distinct sound within indie rock.

Byrne is more subtle and stays along the singer-songwriter line, while Tamko, who performs under the stage name Vagabon, is more experimental in her music.

Tamko released “Infinite Words” last year and is working on her next album.

“It’s been a different (process), mostly, for this album,” Tamko says. “Because I spent a lot of time on the road last year, it wasn’t conducive to me making a full-sounding song. I’ve been using computers on the road and then coming home and getting reacquainted with my guitar.”

On the same note, Byrne also spent a lot of time on the road in support of her 2017 album, “Not Even Happiness.”

She took four years to make the album and embraced the remote writing process.

“Especially when I’m traveling, it can be in conflict with my creative life,” she says of the nomadic lifestyle. “(Though) I get inspired when I’m traveling and I try to keep it all in order for when I get off of the road.”

Byrne and Tamko are in the beginning stages of the tour and have a lot of excitement.

“Julie and I are friends, and that’s a good thing,” Tamko says. “Having her on the road with me puts me at ease. We have a lot of similar interests.”

And Byrne is just as pleased at the opportunity to share the stage with Tamko again.

“I did have the honor to play one of her release shows in Philadelphia,” Byrne says. “I think that’s the last time we played together. Maybe for this tour there will be more collaborations.”

The musicians don’t have anything set in stone as far as set lists go.

Both are waiting to get a feel for each crowd and venue.

“I like to let everything appear to me,” Byrne says of her set. “The crowd dictates a lot of the energy of the night and I try to listen to it.”



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