Gráinne’s music draws the listener in across fiddle & bow, across sea, sky, time and topography, the emotional landscapes and literature of the past lit by new spatial possibilities in traditional music. Her musical journey is as diverse as her educational background – an MSc Honours Maths Graduate with an Irish childhood steeped in folk music.
Coming from a musical household in Loughduff, Co. Cavan, Gráinne’s Dad was her first fiddle music teacher. She then went on to perform regularly at traditional music festivals throughout Ireland and rapidly built from that a broad repertoire of tunes. Her fiddle playing style emanates from the musical lyricism of counties Cavan, Leitrim and Clare, and has more recently evolved to incorporate newfound Scottish influences.
Gráinne’s style of music is tethered by tradition while spanning the sky-wide scope of a composer’s imagination.
Living in the heart of Glasgow’s trad music scene, Gráinne is a vital part of that great city’s musical pulse, relishing the creative milieu of community, where young players are writing new music, swapping tunes, drawing from the rich cultural lode of shared regional styles and identity. Creative collaborations include; The Routes Quartet, a folk string quartet ensemble, who were nominated ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017, Top Floor Taivers, a Scots and contemporary song band, and nominee in MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, and LAS; Scottish and Irish tunes, step-dance and Gaelic song.
Gráinne has been composing music for over ten years and has had her tunes published on several albums, including renowned Perthshire fiddler Patsy Reid’s, ‘A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle’. Patsy admires the young Irish musician’s commitment to “seeing her musical visions realised” and describes Gráinne as “a beautiful fiddle player and versatile musician with a unique sound and refreshing outlook, producing original and imaginative music”. Gráinne’s compositions also feature on her albums with pianist/flautist Tina Jordan Rees, Top Floor Taivers and The Routes Quartet.