IMRO and Trad Fest 

I was delighted to be asked to play at the IMRO seminar for Festival and Touring during Trad Fest where we got to listen to and meet festival and musical directors from Merlefest, Milwaukee irish Festival, Celtic Colours Festival and Philadelphia Folk Festival!

Celtic Connections – Glasgow

 Then it was off to Glasgow for a flying visit to play at the Danny Kyle Stage at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall!  I got to hang out with my friend Horse McDonald, who very kindly collected me from the airport and loaned me her guitar and we got to catch up.  And I played a 20 minute set for a huge listening audience! Happy days! 
Then I got to hang out with Dave Arcari and Margaret McDonald who I met in Vienna!  They took me home with them to their gorgeous home in Balmaha and took me out for a walk around Loch Lomond and got to see the beautiful Ben Lomond topped in snow!  

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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