Grainne Brady

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Traditional

Instrument/voice type: Violin

Location: Scotland


Gráinne Brady is an Irish fiddle player and composer based in Glasgow, where she works with a variety of bands including The Routes Quartet, Top Floor Taivers and LAS. Gráinne’s music draws influence from her musical heritage in Ireland, as well as being inspired and influenced by the thriving Glasgow music scene.
In February 2019, Gráinne released her debut solo album 'The Road Across the Hills' to critical acclaim. Based on Donegal writer Patrick MacGill’s autobiographical novel ‘Children of the Dead End’, the album sound-tracks his journey from rural Donegal to Scotland, where he worked as a labourer and became a self-taught poet and writer along the way. The album uniquely combines Gráinne’s own compositions with MacGill’s poetry in spoken word format, and this fresh approach has drawn new listeners to traditional music.
‘The Road Across the Hills’ has received widespread radio airplay on shows including Travelling Folk on BBC Scotland, Folk Club on BBC Radio Ulster, The Mike Harding Show and Folk Radio UK. Gráinne also performed on BBC Alba's Seirm series in 2019, as part of a line up that included Tim O'Brien and Blue Rose Code.
Gráinne has had her compositions published on albums with Tina Jordan Rees, Top Floor Taivers, The Routes Quartet, and on renowned fiddler Patsy Reid’s, album ‘A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle’. She showcased the first branch of her project BEYOND: The Story of an Irish Immigrant at Glasgow's prestigious Celtic Connections festival in 2019, as part of the New Voices commission concert series. The performance included tracks from 'The Road Across the Hills', and was performed by a 9-piece ensemble.
"..Gráinne Brady excels herself as a tunesmith within the traditional mould. This is a richly hewed and entrancing melange of words and music all patched within a seamless whole..." - The Living Tradition