by Gráinne Brady

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Newcomer is the second single, and title track of Gráinne's forthcoming solo album. Due for release this summer, the album was inspired by the novel 'The Rat-Pit' by Irish writer Patrick MacGill. The story follows a young Donegal woman, Norah Ryan who, upon emigrating to Scotland as a teenager, was vulnerable to poverty, sexual exploitation, and great emotional loss. In this part of the tale, Norah gives birth to a baby boy.



Love will live while the pale stars glow, while the world shall last,
On the present hopes, and in hours of woe, on a dreamy past,
Love will live, while the flowers bloom, and the meadows wave;
Nor yet be quenched by the charnel tomb – the ghastly grave;
For o'er the tomb and the silver stars, to the gates above
The soul will seek in the great Afar the Endless Love.
-Patrick MacGill (1889-1963)


released June 5, 2020
Music written and arranged by Gráinne Brady with words by Patrick MacGill

Gráinne Brady - fiddle
Tina Jordan Rees - flute
Michael Biggins - piano
Innes White - guitar
Seonaid Aitken - violin
Sarah Leonard - viola
Su-a Lee - cello
Christine McGinley - French horn
Jack Houston - spoken word

Recorded and mixed by Mike Vass in GloWormRecording and Rusty Squash Horn Studios

Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks

Artwork by Somhairle MacDonald


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Gráinne Brady Glasgow, UK

Gráinne Brady is a Glasgow based fiddle player and composer, originally from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

"Irish/Scottish and contemporary influences infuse Brady’s vibrant rhythms and rich lyrical patterns, illuminating peaks and troughs of the emigrant experience and the extremities of poverty. Arrangements evoke both adversity and lively inner strength." Bryony Hegarty, RnR Magazine 5*****
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