Introducing: Gráinne Holland

I met Gráinne last year before a performance and was immediately taken with her personality. She seemed to radiate kindness and good will from her core, and when I heard her sing later that evening I wasn’t the least bit surprised that her music sounded pure and unique. That night she sang several Gaelic songs, and while she also sang some English tunes I could tell that her passion was deeply rooted in her Irish music.

Gráinne is from West Belfast and her parents worked very hard to preserve and perpetuate the Irish language and culture. She continues their work through her music and her support of Irish cultural institutions and events such as Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, the Irish language center on the Falls Road, and her performance at the ‘Celebration of Irish Language, Heritage and Culture’ at City Hall earlier this year (please see post on Friday, February 17th). She has performed around Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and appeared a few weeks ago on the BBC Irish language chat and music show Imeall Geal.

She recently débuted an album entitled ‘Teanga na nGael’ (‘The Language of the Gael’) that covers songs from the many Gaelic speaking regions including Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The album name is the title of one of her songs about protecting the language and its importance to the culture of the Gaelic people. Many people asked her why she chose to record Gaelic songs when the market for English songs in today’s society is much larger; she answered that ‘it was about recoding songs from the heart and songs that are very important to me.’ She explained that ‘there’s something really special about the Gaelic songs because they’re so old, they’re from years gone by, but I feel that when I sing the songs I’m connecting to that time and that place.’ She was kind enough to give me an interview and I posted some of her statements in the video above. The song playing in the background is ‘An tSeanbhean Bhocht,’ a song about the 1798 Irish rebellion from her album. Enjoy!

For more information about Gráinne and her music, please visit:

6 thoughts on “Introducing: Gráinne Holland

  1. I was so fortunate to attend the Féile an Phobail Concert in Belfast… Grainne’s music was remarkable… She has such a lovely voice!!! The musicians were also extremely talented!!! Grainne Holland will be an artist to watch in the future…


  2. I also enjoyed listening to her music at the concert, not only did it have a pleasing sound and rhythm that is characteristic of Irish folk music but it meant a lot to me to consider that there are still people working to preserve old traditions and customs that otherwise would have faded into the overwhelming flood that is modern popular culture.


  3. whoah this website is wonderful i really like reading your articles. Keep the great perform! You realize, many everyone is looking around because of this information, you will help them tremendously.


  4. Grainne has such a beautiful voice, and she seems like a great ambassador for preserving the Gaelic language, a daunting, important task for so many.


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