Grainne Murphy and Kathleen Boyle in Concert, November 13
Inis Meáin, 7pm Advance tickets $12, $15 at the door
Gráinne was born in Boston, where she began playing Irish music from an early age. Her parents brought her to sessions and céilís as an infant, and they traveled with her to her first All-Ireland Fleadh when she was just seven months old. After receiving a fiddle at age four, she began taking weekly lessons with Séamus Connolly, the renowned All-Ireland champion fiddler from Clare. Her lessons with Séamus continued for several years, and she went on to win All-Ireland honors of her own.
Gráinne has taught fiddle lessons and workshops at Duke University, the Swannanoa Gathering and as part of various concert series. She currently resides in New York City where she performs with many of the talented Irish musicians who comprise the rich music scene there. Her first solo album, Short Stories, has been well-received in the U.S. and abroad. After its release, Irish Music Magazine wrote, "Gráinne has blossomed into an accomplished musician who possesses a deep understanding of and respect for the Irish tradition…. Her careful approach to these tunes is a welcome departure from the too-frenetic displays of virtuosity that mar many efforts of her contemporaries. She eschews the slick and brilliant surface for quiet, deep forays into the heart of her music.”
Along with Kathleen Boyle, Gráinne is a member of the band Cherish the Ladies with whom she has toured around North America, Ireland and Scotland and released a new album, Country Crossroads.
“Unique”, “sensitive”, “captivating”, “compelling” – just a few words that could be used to describe the music of Kathleen Boyle: a music at once reflecting the melting pot of her Scottish upbringing whilst simultaneously paying homage to her Donegal roots. Steeped in this Donegal tradition from an early age and regularly winning All-Scotland and All-Britain titles on accordion and piano, it was predestined that Kathleen would make a life from music – and a prodigious life it has been so far. With a wealth of experiences, successes and musical contributions, Kathleen's accomplishments defy her years and would make for an impressive lifetimes list. Already Kathleen has made history as the first person in Scotland ever to gain a Degree in Traditional Music (she graduated in 1999 from the RSAMD with a BA (Scottish Music); she has performed at Holyrood Palace for HRH Prince Charles in 2002 and in 2003 for Irish President Mary McAleese; she is a member of the bands Dòchas and Cherish the Ladies and has toured the UK, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Sweden, America, Canada and China. Dochas, who have released two albums to much critical acclaim were voted best new comers at the 2004 Scots Traditional Music Awards and nominated as best folk band in 2006. Kathleen’s first solo album “ An Cailin Rua” or “ The Red Haired Girl” was released to rave reviews in 2008.
Kathleen’s membership of Cherish the Ladies in particular has led to some undeniably remarkable feats; not least in the United States. In 2006 Kathleen appeared with the band on MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning show, playing for over 6 million listeners and viewers; they have performed alongside dozens of symphony orchestras, and in 2007 the band were ranked in the Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America Magazine. In May 2010 they performed for Bill Clinton and Bono at the Lincoln centre in Manhattan at the annual American Ireland Fund event.
She is also in great demand as a teacher and lecturer on both accordion and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, National Accordion Trust, the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Gaelic college), the University of Stirling, Benbecula College and the Irish, Academy of World Music in Limerick University.