Gig number 1: 13th November

Jonathan has hosted a couple of great gigs recently, both for charity. 

The first of which was to raise funds to transport all the instruments that Jonathan and his family are taking to a community in Cuba in a few weeks.  

Following a cracking start to the night with Kevin McManamon and his brother Sean, Glen Hansard took to the stage for a couple of songs before asking me to join him for a few more.  I borrowed the ginger man’s guitar for a quick rendition of a new song, before the legend that is Damien Dempsey took to the stage.  The night ended in the wee hours after a lock and a serious sing song in Ranelagh.  You never know what the night will bring! 

Gig number 2: 4th December

The next charity night was for the Capuchin Day Care Centre with Native Oak and Kieran Mulvihill playing a set each.  The night was a huge success, raising €700 and I joined Kieran for a couple of songs and played Lilacs too.  

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Gráinne Hunt is a contemporary folk singer and songwriter, raised in Monaghan and based in Kildare, Ireland. With consistently on-point, captivating vocals and well-honed, insightful songs, Grainne has shared stages with Glen Hansard and U2, has opened for Gladys Knight, Eagle Eye Cherry and the Bay City Rollers, and has been compared to vocal icons Tracy Chapman and Nathalie Merchant.

Her ‘gorgeous new album’ (Mathieu Norry RTE Radio 1), This Secret, was released in September 2019. ‘[A] seamlessly gentle fusion of Irish folk and Nashville backing, together with Gráinne’s gorgeous, slightly throaty vocal delivery’ (, it was recorded with Thomm Jutz (Nanci Griffith, Maura O’Connell) and features the skills of Mark Fain (Ry Cooder) on bass and Lynn Williams (John Hiatt) on drums.  

2019 also saw the release of an Irish folk album, Songs from Ireland, recorded with award winning guitarist Brendan Walsh. Recorded last year in Soundville Studios Luzern, it includes songs Buachaill on Eirne and Raglan Road. 

Despite 2020 cancellations, over the various lockdown periods Gráinne performed for the #IrelandPerforms initiative, joined Axis Ballymun for Cruinniú na nÓg & #SummerSessions, founded, created the first #AdventCalendarofSong (solo recordings of 24 Christmas songs released on social media every day in December) which included a collaboration with German choir Cantus Domus on a beautiful version of The Wexford Carol, and joined U2, Glen Hansard, and others for The Late Late Show Charity Busk.  


Songs From Ireland

Firing Pin

This Secret

Breathe Arvo party Remix