MELANIE HORSNELL & GRÁINNE HUNT
Fri 27th Jan 2023
Join us at Little Whelan’s to experience two of the finest singer songwriters and voices Australia and Ireland have produced, Melanie Horsnell and Gráinne Hunt.
Melanie has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’, as a ‘songwriting gem’ by The Australian.
Based in Candelo in southern NSW, singer-songwriter Melanie Horsnell has recorded Eleven albums and EPs including her latest solo album, ‘Trobairitz’. Melanie’s critically acclaimed album The Cloud Appreciation Society was long-listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize, Quatre Chemins for the 2015 Australian Music Prize, and she was nominated for an APRA award in 2011.
“A promise of a softly lit afternoon in the company of Melanie Horsnell… with a voice of the utmost delicateness…” – Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
She has toured with Glen Hansard and The Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko among others, as well as touring extensively on her own in Australia and Europe. Melanie recorded an album in French, which was funded by the highly successful Pozible campaign and gave Melanie a six month residency in France, writing songs with poet Alain Rivet and pop icon Helena Noguerra. Melanie has also written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt, and for film and television. In February 2019, Melanie had the opportunity to perform at the International Folk Alliance in Montreal and has since toured in Australia, Ireland, France and Germany.
As well as touring throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, Gráinne Hunt has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s foremost musicians- Glen Hansard, Liam O’Maonlaí, Damien Dempsey, Kíla. She’s opened for legendary Irish singer Mary Black, joined Declan O’Rourke, and she’s also opened for Eagle Eye Cherry, Kane Brown, John Smith, and the Bay City Rollers. Her biggest highlight was opening for Gladys Knight for two nights in Dublin’s Olympia.
Her voice is incredibly powerful – there’s a husky element but also a vulnerability, which is present too in her lyrics. This combination has gained her a reputation as one of Ireland’s most outstanding female vocalists and songwriters. Some have compared her to Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant and Dolores O’Riardan.
Gráinne’s two albums Firing Pin (2015) and This Secret (2019 – recorded in Nashville, with Grammy nominated Thomm Jutz) both dig deep into her personal history – she writes from a powerful place with lyrics that tell of pain, hurt, desire, all the hallmarks of scarred relationships making her truth resonate with her listeners. The albums feel like a cathartic expression that have enabled her to move on, move forward.
Gráinne is the quintessential singer songwriter, and while the pandemic put her 2019 release and touring schedule into chaos, she’s moved on and is getting ready to record her third album.
‘A natural performer, Grainne Hunt commands an astounding voice that will melt your heart. No crowd can resist.’ Declan O’Rourke
€21.50 available online from Whelan’s.
– 50c per ticket service charge applies.