Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday Night~ Grada!

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Yesterday afternoon we took a drive north to see a favorite Irish Band. Grada!

We saw them once before, years ago, and have been waiting for a chance to see them again...that chance came yesterday evening. For those of you who have seen my YouTube Great Wheel Spinning video, Grada is playing that beautiful music.

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The Center for the Arts, located in Homer NY, was a great place to see and hear Grada. The building itself is the former First Baptist Church of Homer, and is the location of a terrific organization with wonderful educational and performance initiatives. They have a very informative website that offers slide shows and streaming music of past performances.

As for the music, well it was just the best! These musicians are so talented- they are amazing to watch, and sometimes their melodies are so beautiful that you are tempted to just close your eyes and listen.

Sing Out Magazine writes: "If this talented quintet appears anywhere within 100 miles of you, hi' thee hence!"

We drove over 140 miles to get there...and it was well worth it. If you like Irish traditional music GO see this band if you get a chance, they have taken it to a new level....here is a handy link for their tour date information.

Although this song was previously recorded...they did play it last night-- I snagged it from YouTube:

Happy St. Patricks Day!

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What fun. I wish I could have attended with you. I have friends that play traditional Irish music. There is a small group of them that get together at least twice per month to play. I love to hear them. I will watch for this group to be around close enough to attend a performance.

Tam said...

Beautiful music thanks for sharing

Judy said...

It's good to hear that you guys got out of town for something you both enjoy. And knowing how unpredictable March weather can be that it was nice enough to make the trip possible! Happy st. Patricks Day to you too.

Anne said...

Sounds like a wonderful time - such great music!!

Jody said...

It must have been an almost spiritual experience listening to such music in a former church.

The Gingerbread House said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the time..you deserved a break ....Ginny

Joanne said...

Whew! What fun. :) I think Homer's near my old stomping grounds in the finger lakes. I love the chance for culture in all those old beautiful buildings up there!

Thanks for your kind words about my finger puppets. I appreciate others who get why they are quirky and special! Thanks.

Sharon said...

I really liked them and looked on my iTunes store but they have four albums listed. Do you have a favorite?

Dawn said...

Wish I could listen .... sadly, I can not on dialup. I enjoy Celtic Woman on PBS. Nice post! I hope to catch up with you soon.

cyndy said...

Sharon-
The song in this blog post... is a sample of their contemporary style and can be found on the "Cloudy Day Navigation" album. (this one is quickly becoming my favorite)...but...

If I had to choose ...I'd probably pick "Endeavour"...the opening tune, Cathain...is quite good, (with singing in Gaelic)...and has more traditional songs...

I only have three of their albums..."The Landing Step" is very good also. If you like their music, any pick would be a good one.

Did you know that Alan Doherty (flute) and Gerry Paul (guitar) compose and play on the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack?!

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