On Saturday evening I headed for Trim, Co. Meath through the dark clouds and rain, to the Old Rectory.   Trim is full of history –  among other Trim Castle (a Norman Castle, the largest of it’s kind in Ireland), the famous setting for some Braveheart battles, the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey (said to have been founded by St Patrick).  Musically – the town hall is reputed to have been the venue for one of Thin Lizzy’s first gigs!  Trim is also well known for it’s Vintage Car Rally – which may have been the last time I visited Trim with my Grandfather, around the time that they were filming Braveheart! 

The gig took place in the Butler room, a sun filled room with two incredibly intricate Japanese Wedding Kimonos hanging on the walls!

her funds After a welcome of some wine and tapas (made by the wonderful Aoife McElwain) in the living room downstairs, everyone was invited to the Butler Room where Frances Haworth welcomed everyone and informed us all about Tekera Primary School in Uganda, where the proceeds of the night will go.  The Duffy Brothers, Tom and Aidan, opened the show, and finished the set with a bit of Bob Dylan, especially requested by the lady of the house, Martina. 

After a quick changeover (and some more wine and tapas!) , I started to play.  The audience were amazing – listening, singing along and being very generous with their applause!   At the end of the evening there was a raffle, for further funds for the school – with loads of prizes! 

Below is my set list – with a few songs missing – as we ran out of time on the night! 

Thanks to Frances, Martina and all who came along for making it such a great night! 

Set List

No Way I’d Go Down
Bittersweet and Beautiful
The Lakes of Ponchartrain (Paul Brady)
Letting Go/Blackbird
My Favourite Things (The Sound of Music)
Belfast Central (Juliet Turner)
Lost for Words
Firing Pin
Hang with Me (Robyn)
Forever and Always
I hope that I don’t fall in love with you (Tom Waits)
The Words of it All

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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