Sunday 31st May saw a host of amazing musicians descend on the Spirit Store to raise money for Women’s Aid Dundalk.  

Women’s Aid Dundalk is a non profit organisation, which believes in the basic right of women abused by men to refuge and support, which is available to them on an open door basis. It is a caring organisation, which provides a nurturing atmosphere for all involved. It enables personal growth and development through a philiosophy of mutual aid and self-help.

Last year, with the threat of closing down looming, Women’s Aid joined forces with the Spirit Store to fund raise. An amazing night was had by all, funds were raised and women’s Aid was able to stay open.   So again this year, the event was organised in the Spirit Store, and some of Ireland’s top musicians came along to support the cause – Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, Mark Geary, Brendan McCahey, David Keenan, Cat Dowling and Third Smoke – to name a few.  

Very proud to say I was part of the event again this year.  
#womensaid #manup

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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