Fran Garry

Fran Garry

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Fran's songs touch the hearts of listeners with stories of hope, love and life blended with catchy tunes and arrangements. Band instrumentation varies from acoustic guitar and piano to a full line-up of bass, drums, piano, acoustic and electric guitars.

Biography

Fran is a singer/songwriter and musician from Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland. She released 'Right Now', her debut album of original songs on February 24th, 2012. She has been working as a professional singer and musician for many years but has always wanted to write and record her own music. The turning point came when she returned to college to pursue post-graduate studies at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Creating original music became a major new focus for Fran. She graduated in 2007 with an M.A. in Community Music, and feels that it changed her life, mainly because it altered her entire approach to writing and gave her the opportunity to get the best out of herself and others. Fran loves sharing her music with people and especially loves encouraging people to write their own music, sing and express themselves through music or any other creative medium.
Fran plays bass and acoustic guitar, and also dabbles in piano. She wrote and arranged all the songs on this new album and co-produced it with James Blennerhassett, a very well-known Irish musician and composer. James played all the bass tracks and Fran is delighted to have some of Ireland’s finest musicians featured on the album including Bill Shanley, Ewan Cowley, Dave Hingerty, Liam Bradley and her husband, Pat Marnane, on piano.
The album launch was a great success and Fran's music has been greeted with a very positive reaction on various radio stations in Ireland. The songs vary from folk to folk rock and are not influenced by any one particular style. Fran is a fan of Paul Brady, The Corrs, Abba, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Sarah McLachlan, Bonnie Raitt and Declan O'Rourke, so perhaps there's a little of all of those in there! Fran was recently awarded the Tipp FM Arts and Entertainment Award for June, 2012 for her 'Right Now' album.
Performing the songs from the album to a wider audience is her next dream, and also, adding a seventh marathon to the six she has run in aid of Crumlin Children's Hospital, Dublin.
Her motto is a line from the song called 'Face It' on the album:
'A chance to dream chase it'.

Discography

The 12 track CD album 'Right Now' by Fran Garry was released on February 24th 2012. It is available on iTunes and is digitally distributed by AWAL UK to over 150 stores and streaming sites worldwide. Various tracks have received airplay in Ireland on radio stations such as RTE Radio 1, Tipp FM, WLR, LMFM, South East Radio, Dublin South FM, CRCFM, Galway Bay FM and Clare FM and on Women of Substance Internet Radio.

Set List

ORIGINAL SONGS BY FRAN GARRY FROM THE 2012 'RIGHT NOW' ALBUM:
1. Home Sweet Home
2. Sweet, Sweet Harmony
3. I Am Music
4. On the Borderline
5. My Destiny
6. Right Now
7. When I Look At You
8. Pretty Young Lady
9. Platform 2
10. Tigs and the Fox
11. Face It
12. Where There's a Song

ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL SONGS (unrecorded):
13. Let the Children Sing
14. Don't Let the Sun Set
15. I Must Leave My Home
16. My Lucky Day
17. Life is Made of Sand
18. Go Dté Tú Slán

TRADITIONAL IRISH AIRS:
19. The Minstrel Boy
20. The Lark in the Clear Air