GRAINNE

GRAINNE

 Peterborough, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Folk Rockin' Alt-Country. "She's honest, direct and writes the absolutely catchiest hooks I know; the album should come with a related warning label" ~ Andy Frank (Frankcasting, Roots Music Canada)

Biography

Grainne (pronounced GRAWN-ya) has worn out the soles of several pairs of shoes walking the roads of the stories in her songs. She’s leapt headfirst into heartache, heard the sound of the earth weeping, and has still managed to put a positive spin on it all. Grainne's big voice, powerful lyrics and gutsy, earthy sound will have you singing along to her infectious melodies.

Eight of the10 tracks on Grainne's new album, Looking for Sunshine, were produced by Canadian rock veteran Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness). The resulting sound applies rootsy pop, solid rock and alternative country to her captivating, melodic songs. As with her 2007 debut release, All the Money, the quality of her music reflects that of her influences: Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Roseanne Cash, Nanci Griffith and even AC/DC. Still, her music is as unique – and haunting, and strong – as the voice that sings it.

Looking for Sunshine was recorded with a gang of accomplished, highly-regarded musicians: "Texas Stew" Crookes on pedal steel, Ali Stead and Moe Berg on guitar and power hitter Neil Sanderson on drums. Together, they create a palette of sounds so rich you can almost taste them.

Grainne's lyrics span the breadth of her life for the past 20 years; she’s got something to say, and she wants the world to hear it. Looking for Sunshine collects a handful of those lingering moments of enlightenment that have accumulated over the years.

Since the album release, Grainne has showcased at a number of legendary venues, including Hugh's Room in Toronto and the Distillery in Calgary. Her music is already garnering fans as far away as England, Ireland and other parts of Europe, and plans are now afoot for a Western Canadian tour.

Lyrics

Colours Of You

Written By: Grainne Ryan

I like the way you carry yourself when you walk into the room
I can’t believe that nothing really ever bothers you
And your body is surrounded
with all the colours of the rainbow
and my eyes though barely open
they will never ever know the truth
it’s you

I can’t deny there’s a strong desire running deep inside my veins
and thought you don’t think I do I hear every word you say
and your body is surrounded
with all the colours of the rainbow
and your eyes though wide open
they will never ever know the truth
it’s you

Every time I jump into your ocean
the waves come right up over my head
and I’m left standing on the shoreline choking
on all the things I shouldn’t have said

I like the way you walked away and you left the front door open
it makes me think that you’ll be back someday it keeps all my dreams in motion
and our bodies are surrounded
with all the demons of temptation
and our eyes though barely focused
they will never ever know the truth
it’s you

Every time I jump into your ocean
the waves come right up over my head
and I’m left standing on the shoreline choking
on all the things I shouldn’t have said

And it pulls me under
it pulls me under
it pulls me under

Every time I jump into your ocean
the waves come right up over my head
and I’m left standing on the shoreline choking
on all the things I shouldn’t have said

Not Enough Love

Written By: Grainne Ryan

The haze is hanging
over the city line
planes are flying
as the cars drive by
the fuel it is burning
and so am I inside

Oh well sometimes
I just can’t hide the way I feel
when things are clearly not right
my words tend to reveal
the way I feel

There’s too many trees losing their lives
too many drugs
messing up minds
too many leaders with shifting eyes
There’s just
not enough love
there’s too many soldiers willing to die
too many wrongs
not enough rights
too many nations with tears in their eyes
there’s just not enough love
at all
and it’s going to bring us down now

The roof is leaking
and the winds are wild
the earth is speaking
as the oceans rise
the seasons are changing
so why oh why aren’t we?

Oh well sometimes
I just can’t hide the way I feel
when things are clearly not right
my words tend to reveal
the way I feel

There’s too many trees losing their lives
too many drugs
messing up minds
too many leaders with shifting eyes
There’s just
not enough love
there’s too many soldiers willing to die
too many wrongs
not enough rights
too many nations with tears in their eyes
there’s just not enough love
at all
and it’s going to bring us down now

~ Solo Break ~

There’s too many trees losing their lives
too many drugs
messing up minds
too many leaders with shifting eyes
There’s just
not enough love
there’s too many soldiers willing to die
too many wrongs
not enough rights
too many nations with tears in their eyes
there’s just not enough love
at all
and it’s going to bring us down now

Under This Blanket

Written By: Grainne Ryan

This heart, this heart
has fallen deep inside
sadness
these eyes, these eyes
have a hard time seeing past
the madness

I want to run out
from under this blanket
of darkness
I want to run far away
from this blanket
of darkness

These eyes, these eyes
have seen way too much
suffering
this heart, this heart
is growing tired
of breaking

I want to run out
from under this blanket
of darkness
I want to run far away
from this blanket
of darkness

And I’m reaching out to you
I’m reaching out to you
I don’t know what else to do
and so I’m reaching out to you

Oh oh it’s going to get better
oh oh it’s going to get better

I want to run out
from under this blanket
of darkness
I want to run far away
from this blanket
of darkness

And I’m reaching out to you
I’m reaching out to you
I don’t know what else to do
and so I’m reaching out to you

I’m reaching out to you
I’m reaching out to you
I don’t know what else to do
and so I’m reaching out to you

A Little Time

Written By: Grainne Ryan

How the water moves me
it moves right through me
and it soothes me
it soothes me
it soothes me
In a world going crazy
this quiet lake it saves me
and it tells me
it tells me
it tells me

We just need a little time for peace
we need a little time to breathe
need a little to be before we have to go
we just need a little time for peace
we need a little time to breathe
need a little time to be before we have to go

Well I know your story
and for that I am sorry
wish it turned out a different way
but amidst all this un-glory
I believe there is something good for me
and you
heading this way

We just need a little time for peace
we need a little time to breathe
need a little to be before we have to go
we just need a little time for peace
we need a little time to breathe
need a little time to be before we have to go

Woah oh oh oh
Woah oh oh
Woah oh oh oh
Woah oh oh

~ Solo break ~

We just need a little time for peace
we need a little time to breathe
need a little to be before we have to go
we just need a little time for peace
we need a little time to breathe
need a little time to be before we have to go

We just need a little time
need a little time
need a little time
We need a little time
need a little time
need a little time

Woah oh oh oh.

The Rain

Written By: Grainne Ryan

I look deep into the eyes of your challenge
into the eye of your storm
and I see a little girl
looking back at me
I see a little girl

I know now just what you're capable of
and all of the stuff that you're made of
and I see a strong girl
looking back at me
I see a strong girl

And your tears fall as natural as the rain
after all of your pain
don't feel badly
you have every right to cry

You tell me I don't have to stay go on home now
but I don't want to leave you alone now
'cause I'm still your little girl
looking back at you
I'm still your little girl

And your tears fall as natural as the rain
after all of your pain
don't feel badly
you have every right
don't feel badly
you have every right
don't feel badly
you have every right to cry

Big Yellow Machines

Written By: Grainne Ryan

Big yellow machines
tearing up the ground
tearing all my memories down
and the air is thick
and I can’t breathe
when the concrete is creeping
right over my feet
lies

Well I don’t want to eat your dirt no more
and I don’t want to hear your engines roar
I don’t want to know how lovely it could be
No I don’t want to eat your dirt no more
and I don’t want to hear your engines roar
I don’t want to know how lovely it could be

There’s a big round world
slapping us in the face
we stand by and watch it go to waste
and the air is thick
and we can’t breathe
when the concrete is creeping
right over our feet
lies

Well I don’t want to eat your dirt no more
and I don’t want to hear your engines roar
I don’t want to know how lovely it could be
No I don’t want to eat your dirt no more
and I don’t want to hear your engines roar
I don’t want to know how lovely it could be

~Vocal vamping / solo break ~

Well I don’t want to eat your dirt no more
and I don’t want to hear your engines roar
I don’t want to know how lovely it could be
No I don’t want to eat your dirt no more
and I don’t want to hear your engines roar
I don’t want to know how lovely it could be

In Between

Written By: Grainne Ryan

I want to take it easy
easier tonight
I only want to focus
on things that are right
I don’t like this feeling
it hurts inside my chest
my body feels like sleeping
but my mind don’t want to rest

Was it just a night mare
disguised as a dream
cause I’m still floating somewhere
in between
oh oh oh
in between

Wonder if you can see me
see me here right now
wonder if you can hear me
if I don’t make a sound
I’m not to sure what happened
my memory’s all a blur
I know that I don’t feel right
I feel restless and disturbed

Was it just a night mare
disguised as a dream
cause I’m still floating somewhere
in between
oh oh oh
in between

I want to take it easy
easier tonight
I only want to focus
on things that are right

Was it just a night mare
disguised as a dream
cause I’m still floating somewhere
was it just denial
or was it disbelief
cause I’m still floating somewhere
In between

Oh Oh Oh

In Between

Breathe It In

Written By: Grainne Ryan

Let it out
breathe it in
it’s got to end
to begin
open minds bring changing winds
Taking more
than you give
ain’t the way
you should live
cause Karma evens out the score
If you said you would be there
then you should
cause you said you would

I’m having trouble
I’m having trouble now
I’m having trouble
believing this

Drink your fill
walk the line
raise your glass
to those who shine
it catches up with you in time
Pay the bills
save the dimes
try your best
to unwind
and pretend everything is fine
And you said you would be there
if you could
yeah you said you would

I’m having trouble
I’m having trouble now
I’m having trouble
believing this

~ Solo Break ~

There’s grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers from these guitar strings
Grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers from these guitar strings
Grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers from these guitar strings
Grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers
grooves in my fingers from these guitar strings

I’m having trouble
I’m having trouble now
I’m having trouble
believing this

Woah oh oh oh oh oh oh

Looking For Sunshine

Written By: Grainne Ryan

I've had troubles on my mind
for a long time and it ain't right
to have problems like mine

It's a slippery slope when your sliding down a hard road
at the end of your rope it can be hard to cope
looking for the sunshine, the sunshine

I feel the heartache of a whole world
racing against time and it ain't right
to have such worries all the time

It's a slippery slope when your sliding down a hard road
at the end of your rope it can be hard to cope
looking for the sunshine, the sunshine

Do do do do do...

It's a slippery slope when your sliding down a hard road
at the end of your rope it can be hard to cope
looking for the sunshine, the sunshine

Do you feel the heartache of the whole world
racing against time?
you know it ain't right

Discography

All The Money (EP) - 2007

Looking For Sunshine (LP) - 2010

Set List

Grainne has enough material to cover three 45 minute sets (both originals and covers). She performs solo, duo, trio or full band depending on the venue.