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Gráinne Brady presents BEYOND: The Story of an Irish Immigrant
Gráinne Brady is an Irish fiddle player and composer from Co. Cavan, based in Glasgow. She plays in a variety of bands including MG Alba Scots Trad Awards nominees Top Floor Taivers, string group The Routes Quartet, and Gaeilge/Gàidhlig supergroup LAS. Gráinne’s debut album, ‘The Road Across the Hills’, released in February 2019, has already been met with hugely positive reviews and she performed the material at Glasgow’s prestigious Celtic Connections 2019 festival as part of the New Voices series. She also performed on BBC Alba’s Seirm TV show, due for broadcast in 2019.
“Arrangements evoke both adversity and lively inner strength.” ***** RnR Magazine
BEYOND: The Story of an Irish Immigrant is an interesting new project which explores the social themes associated with the mass immigration of the Irish to Scotland, particularly at the start of the 20th century. Gráinne’s debut album ‘The Road Across the Hills’, the first part of this project, will delve into the life of the Irish Immigrant in Scotland, a country to which many Irish came to seek work over the last few centuries.
With all music composed by Brady, ‘The Road Across the Hills’ acts as a soundtrack to the novel ‘Children of the Dead End’, the unofficial autobiography of Donegal poet and writer Patrick MacGill. Born in Glenties in 1889, MacGill emigrated to Scotland in the 1900s, and with barely an education, began to discover his talents as a writer whilst working as a labourer on the railways in Glasgow and as a navvy in Glencoe. His writings reflected on his growing preoccupation with the poor, the downtrodden and the workers who, like himself, toiled in the mud to build civilisation but lived on the outside of society.
With themes of immigration and extreme poverty, each track on ‘The Road Across the Hills’ was written in response to pivotal moments in the novel; a book that has stuck with Gráinne since first reading it as a child.
Entwining the musical tale are excerpts from MacGill’s poetry, acting as a reflection upon the story, adding even more depth to the soundtrack. The music will take the listener on a journey; from MacGill’s childhood in rural Donegal, to gruelling labour in Scotland, as a potato picker, or ‘tattie howker’, labourer and navvy, with some colourful characters along the way, as well as a bittersweet story of love and loss.
Gráinne is playing two Scottish dates in March, and her band will be performing music from ‘The Road Across the Hills’ with storytelling and spoken word.
15th March – The Mackintosh Club, Helensburgh – with Michael Biggins
22nd March – The Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh – with Sam Mabbett & Michael Biggins
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