Gráinne Holland
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Gráinne Holland

Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom | INDIE

Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom | INDIE
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Teanga na nGael 2011



Gráinne Holland, from West Belfast, is a wonderful talent in the Irish traditional music circuit with amazing vocal strength and beauty.

Gráinne’s love of Irish music and song began at an early age. She was raised in both Gaelic and English and she attended the first Irish-medium primary school in Belfast; Bunscoil Phobail Feirste. It was here that her love of traditional Gaelic song was fostered.

Gráinne, already a popular performer, was approached by Féile an Phobail 2009 to perform at the prestigious annual concert in Clonard Monastery. After performing a set of her favourite Gaelic songs for the event Gráinne’s career as a singer took off. Gráinne has performed in many of Ireland’s finest concert venues supporting artists such as Frances Black, Damien Dempsey, Peter Corry and And The London Gospel Choir. She has a sweet, powerful and distinctive voice that is equally comfortable with the lively ballad and the haunting, slow Gaelic air.

Her dèbut album; Teanga na nGael (The Language of the Gael) represents a coming of age for Gráinne. Produced by renowned musician Dónal O’Connor, the album is a wonderful collection of beautifully produced songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic. Gráinne’s unique vocals breathe new life into each song. The recording presents an authentic, modern, urban take on traditional Gaelic song, reflecting Gráinne’s Belfast Gaeltacht roots.

'Teanga na nGael' represents a time and a place. Belfast is a city where the Irish Language lives strong. It is spoken with pride in the Gaeltacht Quarter of West Belfast, in City Centre pubs and clubs, at sessions, concerts and trendy café’s and galleries. The language has found an urban niche in which to flourish. This recording fuses both the urban Gaelic song tradition and the immense talent to be found in the vibrant Belfast traditional music scene. The result is a progressive album of stunning beauty.