GRÁDA are one of Ireland’s most successful touring bands, performing over 150 concerts across the globe annually at major festivals and venues such as The National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC, The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Their sound is deeply rooted in the Irish tradition, but also layered with fresh, jazzy tones and strong rhythmic grooves.
Indeed, The Washington Post recently said that Gráda “is Irish music what Arcade Fire is to Indie - informal, prodigious and full of spirit”.
The band has released three critically-acclaimed CDs to date and have just finished recording their fourth in Nashville with bluegrass and Grammy Award-winning icon and producer, Tim O’Brien.
The album also features the legendary John Gardner on drums and US banjo great Alison Brown.
Some of the musicians in the group include Nicola Joyce (vocals, bodhrán), who hails from Galway and Gerry Paul (guitar, banjo, vocals) who is well known around Ireland, having played and recorded with the likes of Gerry O’Connor, Sharon Shannon and Alan Kelly. He is also well regarded in the American music scene, where he plays with bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.
You can catch this exciting trad group in Matt Molloy’s, Westport on Tuesday, June 28.