Return visit to LA in August

Mark had booked a few gigs on the west coast and I decided that I was due a return visit!  So I put the call into a friend of mine, Mel, who I met on the retreat, and asked if she could put me up!  Flights booked and we headed off on the 9th August.  
With gigs in the famous Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, house concert in Palos Verdes, LeStats in San Diego and a final house concert in the valley we had a busy 4 days! 
Mark left on the Monday and I set about making plans for the rest of my stay.  I went to an open mic in the Lost Knight, wrote with Lori Barth again, played a gig in Pasadena in Griffin’s of Kinsale and Republic of Pie, was in a flashmob for a sitcom pilot, met Dr Hunt from Grey’s Anatomy, wrote in Paramount Studios and witnessed a solar eclipse! 

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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