Gráda

Gráda

BandWorldCeltic

This innnovative young Irish ensemble is poised on the brink of international recoginition for their multi-faceted take on traditional Celtic music. Gráda brilliantly balances original, contemporary and traditional elements to create a sound that is at once accessible and refreshingly distinct.

Biography

Gráda came together three years ago, producing their own mix of music encompassing Irish, Breton, Eastern European, and other diverse styles. Gráda have since been cited as one of the forerunners of contemporary traditional music. They are signed with Nashville based Compass Records (Lunása, Paul Brady, Dervish, Kate Rusby, Alison Brown, The Waifs) and see their latest album “The Landing Step” being released worldwide.

They have toured extensively across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, Italy Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Austria, Norway, Belgium and Ireland and just completed their first, and highly successful, tour of the US.

About the Musicians:

Alan Doherty (flutes/whistles/vocals)
Alan is widely recognised as a lead soloist on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. His freewheeling, “soaring flute playing” is a major part of Gráda’s sound.

Anne Marie O’Malley (vocals/bodhrán)
Anne Marie “has a powerful voice that belies her tiny stature. She is a singer of substance with an obvious command of her vocal strength”. An outstanding bodhrán player in her own right, Anne Marie performs on almost all of Gráda’s instrumental tracks too.

Brendan O’Sullivan (fiddle/viola)
Widely known for his creativity and rock-steady fiddle playing, Brendan has spent the past 10 years touring with an array of vastly different groups, including the Reckless Pedestrians and Rea Garvey.

Gerry Paul (guitar/bouzouki)
Gerry has spent half his life living in New Zealand. Dubliners regard his anitopdean rhythm section pairing with fellow Kiwi Andrew Laking as the “engine room” behind Gráda.

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 has been in big demand as a session musician, having recorded for producers such as Bill Whelan (composer of Riverdance).

Lyrics

Isabelle

Written By: Greg Jonson

Here I'm stuck on an island and I couldn't care less

If you can't get on with each other, but this is a mess

There are holes in the buildings and you hide behind walls

Tell me how many days now before this city falls

Isabelle, oh Isabelle.

Here, the oceans are near and we've got food for our thoughts

but not much to spare

so tell me a story, spell it out I can't hear

Why you wear black in the morning, why there's smoke in the air

Isabelle, oh Isabelle, do pray, do pray, do tell

Oh those tears on your cheeks just like de-javu flow now

When your grandmother speaks

So tell me a story, spell it out make it clear

Why you wear black in the morning why there's smoke in the air

Isabelle, oh Isabelle, do pray, do pray, do tell

Isabelle, well she comes from zagreb

Count the hours till dawn and bring out your dead

The Girl with the Weight of the World in Her Hands

Written By: E. Sailers

She won't recover from her losses

She's not chosen this path but she watches who it crosses

Maybe move to the right, maybe move to the left

So we can all see the pain she wears like a banner on her chest

We all say it's sad and we think it's a shame

She's called to our attention, but we do not call her name

The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

'Cause we're busy with our happiness, busy with our plans

I wonder if alone, she wants it taken from our hands

But if things didn't keep getting harder, she might miss her sacred chance

To be a consecrated matyr

The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

I wonder which saint, that lives inside a bead

Will grant her consolation as she counts upon her knees

It makes us all angry, though we fail to care

Who will be the scales to weigh the cross she has to bear

The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

Is the glass half full or empty, I ask her as I fill it

She said it doesn't really matter, pretty soon you're bound to spill it

With the half hearted language of the sermon she delivers

The way she smiles so knowingly, it near gives me the shivers

I pull the blanket higher, when I'm finally safe at home

And she'll take a hundred with her, but she always sleeps alone

The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

I wonder which saint, that lives inside a bead

Will grant her consolation as she counts upon her knees

It makes us all angry, though we fail to care

Who will be the scales to weigh the cross she has to bear

The girl with the weight of the world in her hands

Dear Mary

Written By: Linda Thompson/T. Thompson

Dear Mary (Linda Thompson / T. Thompson)

Mary you may have to run

You may have to be on your way

Consider the things that you have done

Mary you may have to run

Remember your tales and your lies

They'll come back to haunt you one day

And all of the boys you made cry

Will remember your tales and your lies

Ah…

Your false heart can never be true

You know it as well as the rest

You pay dear for the things that you have done

Your false heart can never be true

One day the tables will turn

Sooner or later my dear

Just like the bridges you've burned

One day the tables will turn

Ah…

Just leave when the sun has gone down

Pack up your wiles and your spells

'Cause everything comes back around

Just leave when the sun has gone down

Mary you may have to run

you may have to be on your way

Consider the things that you have done

Mary you may have to run

Ah…

With all of the things that you've done

Mary you may have to run

Discography

The Landing Step - Compass Records - 2004
Endeavour - 2002
Off to Sardinia - 2001

Set List

Varies by show