Kaltern Pop is a sister festival to Haldern Pop in Germany.  Brain child of Stefan Reichmann, Kaltern was the village he visited with his family as a child, and he decided to bring a music festival there.  A German speaking town in the vineyards of northern Italy, it has all the traits of Germany and Italy rolled into one.  Confusing I tell you! We were scheduled to play 3 gigs – two in the village and one at the top of the mountian.  The first gig was in a cinema and the second in a wine museum – both amazing gigs with incredibe audiences. But the third gig topped them all.  On Staurday morning we drove up a windy road, to take us to the ‘Penegal’ at the top of the mountain, to meet Cantus Domus – the choir who we would sing with today.  We walked in and they were rehearsing in the most beautiful room I have ever played in!  They had arranged ‘It beats me’ for Mark, and ‘Lilacs’ for me. I litereally cried during the rehearsal because it was so beautiful! 
We weren’t quite sure how any people would turn up – there was seating set out for about 40 people – but once the doors opened, people just kept coming in!  there were about 180 there by the time we started and the atmosphere was electric. Mark and I performed 3 songs and the choir joined us and then we did Lilacs and I performed Little Bird, This Secret and Both Sides Now.  Hands down – gig of the year! 

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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’ (FolkRadio.co.uk), 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 songwritercircle.club, 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