The Guggenheim Grotto
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"What The Critics Say"

"...a damn fine album."
- Dave Fanning, 2FM (Ireland)

"...one of the most beautiful records of the year."
- Nic Harcourt, KCRW (USA)

"...this debut from The Guggenheim Grotto is a little treasure."
- Elaine Reilly, Entertainment Ireland

"...a perfect nugget of pop-rock, which oozes radio friendliness."
- Gill Dooley, Connected Magazine (Ireland)

"...superb debut album."
- Sarah McQuaid, The Evening Herald (Ireland)

"...hauntingly beautiful."
- Jackie Hayden, Hotpress (Ireland)

"...the most exciting new act to come out of Ireland in years."
- CD Baby.com

"...a new favourite band."
- www.exclaim.ca

"...an album for the meticulous listener."
- www.platterpicks.com

"...cause weary, jaded ears to perk up and pay extra attention."
- www.chromewaves.net

"...exquisite folk-pop"
- Michael Lipton, The Charleston Daily Mail (USA)

"Their prose is couched by some of the most gorgeous acoustic arrangements I’ve heard in years."
- Mike Farragher, The Irish Voice (USA)

"...once in awhile a CD emerges from the pile on my desk and demands that I listen to it from beginning to end, that I play it more than once, maybe even over and over again for several days, and that I pester everyone I know, insisting that nothing is more important to them at that precise moment than checking out this new band I've found. That's what's been happening with '... Waltzing Alone', an extraordinary debut album from The Guggenheim Grotto."
- Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal (USA)

"...they're as cool sounding as their name."
- Philadelphia Weekly (USA)

"...one of the best CD's of the year."
- Iowa City Calender (USA)

"Nic Harcourt, well-known as a DJ out here in Glitter City, called this "one of the most beautiful records of the year", but he was off by nine years: it's one of the most gorgeous of the decade."
- Mark S. Tucker, www.acousticmusic.com

"...a record of first-rate acoustic pop."
- Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine (USA)

"...It isn't often I use the word extraordinary with a first album, but in the case of Guggenheim Grotto's 'Waltzing Alone...' I would have to use that word and a lot more to describe a project that charmed me entirely from the first listen."
- Cindy Reich, The Celtic Connection (USA)

"It's the combination of many bits and pieces - pop, folk and soft rock influences, soaring melodies, literate lyrics, quietly stunning vocal harmonies that have made the Grotto one of the past year's most promising new acts."
- Marianne Meyer, The Washington Post (USA)

"...one applicable label can be found in the longing chorus of album opener "Philosophia," a refrain that reads: "Oh, to be a work of art." After spanning the full breadth of its very varied terrain, 'Waltzing Alone...' should certainly be counted as one."
- Mike Hume, Falls Church News-Press (USA)

"'Waltzing Alone...' is worth revisiting again and again."
- Chris Cameron, Play Magazine (USA)

"In a musical tavern of light beers and sugary cordials, this stuff is pure stout."
- Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe (USA)

"With debts to both Radiohead and the Beatles, this is modern, intelligent, lyrically potent pop. Growing more spare and folky as it roams along, it is light yet never insubstantial; elegant yet never slick. Nearly the only thing overtly Irish about the Grotto is its love affair with words."
- Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald (USA)

"Syndicated taste-shapers like Morning Becomes Eclectic’s Nic Harcourt (KCRW) and The World Café’s David Dye (WXPN), among others, have taken notice of the group’s musical artistry, and deservedly so, given the exquisitely crafted folk-pop of their LP debut, …Waltzing Alone. With gorgeous, honey-dipped vocal harmonies illuminating the way, the band’s melodic sophistication asserts itself with economy, marked by spare arrangements that help their songs resonate with rich intimacy. A beautiful clarity pervades throughout, in part because nothing ever feels heavy-handed. The trio works with a masterfully light touch, from their delicate acoustic fingerpicking to the effortless harmonies to the instrumental arrangements, giving each song the perfect weight and density for its intentions."
- Jim Kirlin, www.taylorguitars.com

Album of the Week - Larry Gogan, 2FM (Ireland)

Album of the Week - Rope-a-dope.com

Single of the Week - Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, Today FM (Ireland)

Rising Artist of the Week - Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds, Today FM (Ireland)

Artist of the Week - World Café, WXPN (USA)

CD of the Week - WFUV (USA)

Album of the Month - www.myspace.com/149music

Artist of the Month - www.myspace.com/149music

2007 Independent Music Awards Winner - Best Song in the Singer/Songwriter category
- Various Sources


"What The Critics Say"

"...a damn fine album."
- Dave Fanning, 2FM (Ireland)

"...one of the most beautiful records of the year."
- Nic Harcourt, KCRW (USA)

"...this debut from The Guggenheim Grotto is a little treasure."
- Elaine Reilly, Entertainment Ireland

"...a perfect nugget of pop-rock, which oozes radio friendliness."
- Gill Dooley, Connected Magazine (Ireland)

"...superb debut album."
- Sarah McQuaid, The Evening Herald (Ireland)

"...hauntingly beautiful."
- Jackie Hayden, Hotpress (Ireland)

"...the most exciting new act to come out of Ireland in years."
- CD Baby.com

"...a new favourite band."
- www.exclaim.ca

"...an album for the meticulous listener."
- www.platterpicks.com

"...cause weary, jaded ears to perk up and pay extra attention."
- www.chromewaves.net

"...exquisite folk-pop"
- Michael Lipton, The Charleston Daily Mail (USA)

"Their prose is couched by some of the most gorgeous acoustic arrangements I’ve heard in years."
- Mike Farragher, The Irish Voice (USA)

"...once in awhile a CD emerges from the pile on my desk and demands that I listen to it from beginning to end, that I play it more than once, maybe even over and over again for several days, and that I pester everyone I know, insisting that nothing is more important to them at that precise moment than checking out this new band I've found. That's what's been happening with '... Waltzing Alone', an extraordinary debut album from The Guggenheim Grotto."
- Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal (USA)

"...they're as cool sounding as their name."
- Philadelphia Weekly (USA)

"...one of the best CD's of the year."
- Iowa City Calender (USA)

"Nic Harcourt, well-known as a DJ out here in Glitter City, called this "one of the most beautiful records of the year", but he was off by nine years: it's one of the most gorgeous of the decade."
- Mark S. Tucker, www.acousticmusic.com

"...a record of first-rate acoustic pop."
- Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine (USA)

"...It isn't often I use the word extraordinary with a first album, but in the case of Guggenheim Grotto's 'Waltzing Alone...' I would have to use that word and a lot more to describe a project that charmed me entirely from the first listen."
- Cindy Reich, The Celtic Connection (USA)

"It's the combination of many bits and pieces - pop, folk and soft rock influences, soaring melodies, literate lyrics, quietly stunning vocal harmonies that have made the Grotto one of the past year's most promising new acts."
- Marianne Meyer, The Washington Post (USA)

"...one applicable label can be found in the longing chorus of album opener "Philosophia," a refrain that reads: "Oh, to be a work of art." After spanning the full breadth of its very varied terrain, 'Waltzing Alone...' should certainly be counted as one."
- Mike Hume, Falls Church News-Press (USA)

"'Waltzing Alone...' is worth revisiting again and again."
- Chris Cameron, Play Magazine (USA)

"In a musical tavern of light beers and sugary cordials, this stuff is pure stout."
- Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe (USA)

"With debts to both Radiohead and the Beatles, this is modern, intelligent, lyrically potent pop. Growing more spare and folky as it roams along, it is light yet never insubstantial; elegant yet never slick. Nearly the only thing overtly Irish about the Grotto is its love affair with words."
- Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald (USA)

"Syndicated taste-shapers like Morning Becomes Eclectic’s Nic Harcourt (KCRW) and The World Café’s David Dye (WXPN), among others, have taken notice of the group’s musical artistry, and deservedly so, given the exquisitely crafted folk-pop of their LP debut, …Waltzing Alone. With gorgeous, honey-dipped vocal harmonies illuminating the way, the band’s melodic sophistication asserts itself with economy, marked by spare arrangements that help their songs resonate with rich intimacy. A beautiful clarity pervades throughout, in part because nothing ever feels heavy-handed. The trio works with a masterfully light touch, from their delicate acoustic fingerpicking to the effortless harmonies to the instrumental arrangements, giving each song the perfect weight and density for its intentions."
- Jim Kirlin, www.taylorguitars.com

Album of the Week - Larry Gogan, 2FM (Ireland)

Album of the Week - Rope-a-dope.com

Single of the Week - Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, Today FM (Ireland)

Rising Artist of the Week - Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds, Today FM (Ireland)

Artist of the Week - World Café, WXPN (USA)

CD of the Week - WFUV (USA)

Album of the Month - www.myspace.com/149music

Artist of the Month - www.myspace.com/149music

2007 Independent Music Awards Winner - Best Song in the Singer/Songwriter category
- Various Sources


Discography

'Happy The Man' - 12 Track Sophomore Album, Sept 2008

'...Waltzing Alone' - 12 Track Debut Album, Sept 2006

'A Lifetime In Heat' - 5 Track EP, available as a free download from www.guggenheimgrotto.com

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Bio

Over the past three years Mick Lynch and Kevin May of pop/folk act The Guggenheim Grotto have touched US and UK audiences in a way the duo couldn’t have imagined. From setting out as Dublin songwriter circuit regulars alongside artists like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, to building a devoted cult following in the US with warm embraces from media and competitive iTunes charting, the band has captivated audiences and tastemakers on both sides of the pond.

The band’s debut album, …Waltzing Alone – a multi-instrumental masterpiece was self-released to immediate critical acclaim in Ireland on September 9, 2005, and its first promotional single “Told You So” rapidly became a firm favorite on Irish airwaves. Within weeks the song climbed to #12 on the Irish National Airplay Chart (compiled by AC Nielsen).

In America, awareness of the band began to rise thanks to the support of DJ’s like David Dye at WXPN, Kate Bradley on XM50’s ‘The Loft’ and Nic Harcourt at KCRW. TGG released …Waltzing Alone in the U.S. on New York-based new model indie label United For Opportunity on September 26, 2006, and in November of that year embarked on its first U.S. national tour.

Now four (three?) U.S. tours under its belt, the band has found itself having made huge in-roads with U.S. audiences and industry alike – from playing listening rooms across the country to large festivals, performing on tastemaker radio programs to Charleston’s nationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio/TV. Songs from the record have been used in major network primetime TV shows like Six Degrees and Brothers And Sisters, and the album met warm embraces from national publications like Paste Magazine as well as regional press like The Boston Globe and The Washington Post.

The big kicker, however, might have been landing …Waltzing Alone’s opening track, “Philosophia” as the iTunes Free Single of the Week from April 17 – 23, 2007. Within only a day the album rocketed to the #1 downloaded folk album on iTunes, where it stayed for weeks. In early 2008, “Told You So” was also chosen for the January 2008 Starbucks Hear Music sampler titled Across The Pond, on which the band was one of only two indie acts alongside notable U.K. and Irish artists such as Damien Rice, James Blunt and Amy Winehouse.

Indeed, The Guggenheim Grotto’s debut LP wooed us in the most poetic of ways, but Happy The Man brings the band to a whole new level – decidedly upbeat and delving into more contemporary sampling and electronic techniques while still invoking beauty and pain in ways that celebrate our common human experience. Kevin and Mick are stronger than ever, exploring a range of new sounds along with drummer and producer Shane Power for a full-bodied, rich album that showcases the band’s knack for instrumental choice while proving itself both contemporary and timeless.