After years of friendship and talking about doing a project together, the time has finally come!
We met back in 2000 when we both attended NUI Maynooth, completing the BA (Music) together there. Earlier this year, Brendan suggested that we join forces to perform at Shannonside Winter Music Festival for the opening concert and from there, Songs from Ireland was born.
We talked about which songs to choose and then worked on the list, sharing keys and arrangements over email and Whatsapp, until we were happy to move to the next stage. In May 2018, we got together in Luzern to record this collection of traditional Irish ballads and folk songs, in both English and Irish, carefully arranged by Brendan to give a modern new feel to beautiful old songs.
Brendan booked us into the incredible Soundville Studios in Luzern, and nestled among gorgeous vintage equipment and historical musical vibes, we recorded 13 tracks including Raglan Road, Trasna na dTonnta, Song for Ireland and Mo Ghile Mear.
An introduction to us!
I (Gráinne) am a contemporary folk singer, based in Ireland. I've been writing, singing and recording as solo artist, and a session singer, as well as touring all over Europe and the US in the last few years.
Brendan is an award winning classical guitar player and composer who has been living in Switzerland for many years. He works full time as a musician and tours with his band The Led Farmers.
This project is born out of the love of the music we grew up with - the songs we learned in school and have been singing for as long as we can remember. We're reaching out to our network - our friends, family and fans - to be part of this journey with us to get some people power involved in the project!
The costs of recording, mixing and mastering have already been covered by us and now we need some support to get the record out! We're using this campaign primarily in a pre-order capacity, giving people a chance to pre-order the record and gig tickets before its release in April. Your support of this project will fund CD duplication, licencing, artwork and layout and marketing. This campaign will help get the physical CD released and out to the world!
Thank you for taking the time to read all about our project and support it financially! We greatly appreciate your support and generosity and are really excited to be releasing this record, and taking it on the road so you can experience it live!
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