Thursday, June 3, 2010

Grada’s natural angle on American folk

Gr�da’s natural angle on American folk - Galway Advertiser - June 03, 2010.: "By Kernan Andrews

THE SCOTS and the Irish emigrated in droves to the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, bringing their music, customs, and whiskey distilling techniques with them.

From this ‘Gaelic invasion’ came the American folk musics known as bluegrass (from the Irish) and Appalachian and hillbilly (from the Scots and Scots-Irish), a rich tradition that resonates still to this day.

It is a tradition that has inspired Irish trad band Gr�da for their new album Natural Angle (Compass Records), songs from which they will play at the R�is�n Dubh on Sunday June 13 at 9pm as part of the Stirling-Galway Sessions 2010 music festival.

“The Stirling-Galway Sessions festival is very much about the links between Ireland and Scotland,” says festival organiser Mick Crehan. “Gr�da explore that on their new album and how it developed into American folk music. The new album is a lovely mix of Irish and Scottish songs and how they influenced American folk song.”

Gr�da are Nicola Joyce (vocals/bodhran), David Doocey (fiddle/concertina), Stephen Doherty (flute/accordion), Andy Laking (guitar/vocals/double bass), and Gerry Paul (guitar/vocals)."

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