Now well established in Irish music circles, Gráda, with their new album Natural Angle, launches headlong into the cross-genre world of new acoustic music, bridging traditional Celtic and Appalachian tunes and songs with co... more
"Gráda is to Irish music what Arcade Fire is to Indie - informal, prodigious and full of spirit." (The Washington Post)
Gráda is one of Ireland's most successful touring bands, performing over 150 concerts across the globe annually at major festivals and venues such as Dublin’s National Concert Hall, The National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC, The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Their sound is deeply rooted in the Irish tradition, but also layered with fresh, jazzy tones and strong rhythmic grooves. Think Irish music that‘s off the beaten track, blended with Americana, jazz, NZ roots, and a diverse range of influences that, in the words of the Irish Times, “come together as if they were lifelong bedfellows.”
Gráda have released three critically acclaimed CDs to date and recently recorded their fourth titled "Natural Angle" in Nashville with bluegrass Grammy Award winning icon and producer Tim O’Brien.
As 2009 commenced, Gráda had played in 26 different countries, including over 30 states in America.
About Gráda's musicians:
Nicola Joyce (vocals, bodhrán). “Joyce is a magnificent vocalist who sings with sheer beauty and poignancy” (Earl Hitchener, The Wall St. Journal). She hails from Galway, in the west of Ireland and learnt to sing from a young age in the Irish tradition.
Gerry Paul (guitar, banjo, vocals). Gerry is well known in the Irish music scene, having played and recorded with the likes of Gerry O’Connor, Sharon Shannon and Alan Kelly. He is also well regarded in the bluegrass scene, where he plays with bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien.
Andrew Laking (double bass, vocals, guitar). Born in New Zealand, Andrew comes from a varied musical background, including jazz, Latin, folk and gypsy styles. He is in big demand as a session musician, having recorded for Bill Whelan, Fionn Regan and Gerry O’Connor.
David Doocey (fiddle, concertina, whistle). David is at the forefront of the younger generation of Irish traditional musicians, having won several All Ireland awards on concertina and fiddle.
Stephen Doherty (flute, whistle, melodeon, piano, bodhrán). Stephen is the current All Ireland senior flute champion and award winning melodeon and bodhrán player.