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GRACE WILDE! !! A new phenomenon on the Irish music scene, Grace Wilde are a North Co. Dublin based band, showcasing the music of singer songwriter Audrey Fay. Although elements of jazz, blues, soul, folk and rock can be detected, the songs are highly original and the voice is stunning. Grace Wilde perform both as an acoustic trio (two guitars and a cello) and as a five piece electric band. The full line up is Audrey Fay (vocals and guitar) Enda Duffy (guitar) Shane Fitzsimons (bass) Steve Hogan (drums/percussion) and a guest cellist, usually Vyvienne Long or Mary Barnecutt.
The whole band recently recorded four tracks of their first studio album at Grouse Lodge. These were released recently in Spring 2015 as an EP Bring Me To My Knees with the title track as a download single and video. Grace Wilde will also release a live concert album Let Me In featuring the acoustic trio with Vyvienne Long on cello. Both this album and the studio EP were engineered and produced by the legendary Tony Platt, who has worked with such greats as Bob Marley, ACDC, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy and The Boomtown Rats. The video of the single, directed by Mike Hayes, features leading tango dancers Kristina Chaloir and Julian Brigatti.
Recent times have been exciting for Grace Wilde with several successful gigs at Whelan’s and other leading venues and arts centres. Impressive performances at the YouBloom Festival in Dublin led to an invitation to YouBloom LA 2014 in California. Impactful live appearances were followed by useful direct encounters with leading music and film industry representatives. Back home the band have been making media inroads with a gig at Whelan’s as The Ticket ‘Gig Of The Week’ in The Irish Times, airplay on RTE Radio One’s Late Date and Roots Freeway and live appearances on BBC Radio Ulster’s Gerry Kelly Show, Newstalk’s Green Room and various local stations.
The band have just returned from Germany where they headlined two gigs and played a festival in Lubeck. They were joined by Russian cellist Alexandra Silina and violinist Anush Grigoryan. After a short break to work on new songs, Grace Wilde will return to touring Ireland to promote their new CD’s, with further foreign visits and a return trip to Germany also being planned. If there is any time left after all that, then it’s back to the studio as soon as possible !
€10/ €5 concession available on the door
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags [Disco/House/Funk] upstairs from 11pm til late (Free Entry).