Gráinne Brady Presents Beyond: The Story Of An Irish Immigrant

Thu 6 Jun 2019
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Gráinne Brady is an Irish fiddle player from Co. Cavan. Currently based in Glasgow where she works as a professional musician, Gráinne plays in a variety of different bands including MG Alba Scots Trad Awards nominees Top Floor Taivers, string group The Routes Quartet, and Gaeilge/Gàidhlig supergroup LAS.

BEYOND: The Story of an Irish Immigrant is a project which will explore the social themes associated with the mass immigration of the Irish to Scotland, particularly at the start of the 20th century. Gráinne’s debut album ‘The Road Across the Hills’ is the first part of this project and will delve into the life of the Irish Immigrant in Scotland, a country to which many Irish came to seek work over the last few centuries.

With all music composed by Brady, 'The Road Across the Hills' will act as a soundtrack to the novel 'Children of the Dead End', the unofficial autobiography of Donegal poet and writer Patrick MacGill. Born in Glenties in 1889, MacGill emigrated to Scotland in the 1900s, and with barely an education, began to discover his talents as a writer whilst working as a labourer on the railways in Glasgow and as a navvy in Glencoe. His writings reflected on his growing preoccupation with the poor, the downtrodden and the workers who, like himself, toiled in the mud to build civilisation but lived on the outside of society.