Brewing up a Gaelic storm on her second solo album - 'The Second Story' by Katie Grennan

Fresh off of her tour with global sensation Gaelic Storm, fiddler Katie Grennan has just released her second solo fiddle album titled The Second Story, which we are featuring today on Tradconnect. On the recording Katie weaves together original compositions and classic tunes to produce a mix of both modern and traditional. The Second Story also features multi-instrumentalist John Williams (original box player with Solas), guitar players David Curley and Jimmy Moore, cellist Dave Eggar, and several other luminaries of the folk tradition.

The album is an homage to Katie’s unique background as a fiddle player and Irish dancer playing to large crowds at sold-out venues, at feiseanna (Irish dance competitions), and at intimate sessions in local pubs.

Regarding the album Katie said: "Creating this album was a musical journal for me. I recorded it over the course of a year, and each track symbolizes a certain memory or experience. I really enjoyed collaborating with musicians in the studio that I’ve also shared moments with in the corner of pubs or on the stage. I am grateful that I had the chance to memorialize a period of my life with them by recording the album."

The first track showcases three original tunes that reflect both Katie’s experiences touring the world as a musician with the Trinity Irish Dance Company, as well as the intimate feeling of playing in her local pub, the Galway Arms in Chicago, which she says feels like an extension of her own living room.

Our sample track from the album features the reels Mike's Per Diem/The Second Story/Morning Crows of Sendai. "I wrote this first tune in reference to a situation the Trinity Irish Dance Company band (Brendan O'Shea, Brian Holleran and Paul Marshall) found ourselves in a few years ago in Florida. The second tune was inspired by the magic I've experienced at the Galway Arms located in Chicago - in this case, on the second floor. I wrote the third tune to complete the set and the higher pitch is meant to mimic the sounds from the crows the Trinity Irish Dance Company Band (Brendan O'Shea, Paul Marshall, and Chris Kulwin) and I heard when traveling through Sendai on a tour of Japan in 2016.

Each track honors a special memory, from reimagining old tunes with friends at an after-hours session (Track 2) to playing alongside her idols, fiddlers and composers Liz Carroll (Track 4) and Maurice Lennon (Track 14).

The album concludes with five tracks that serve a dual purpose for both listeners and dancers, as they are set to the competition speeds mandated by An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha — the world’s oldest and largest governing body for competitive Irish step dancing.

Copies of The Second Story are available at, CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon Music.

If you are a radio broadcaster you can download the album for free from our Download Centre here on Tradconnect. Contact us for details if you are not already a member.

Featured musicians:
Katie Grennan: Fiddle on all tracks, feet on Track 1
John Williams: Box – (Track 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13), Concertina – (Track 2), Piano (Track 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13), Whistle (Track 4)
Jamie Reynolds: Piano – Track 6, 12, 14
Dave Eggar: Cello – Track 9, 10
David Curley: Guitar (Track 7)
Steve Holloway: Percussion (Tracks 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
Jacob B. Little: Vocals, Piano, Guitar (Track 8)
Kyla Embrey: Vocals (Track 8)
Tracks 1, 9, 10, 12 all original compositions by Katie Grennan

Album Artwork by Jacob B. Little and Dan MacDonald Studios
Engineered and Mixed by Craig Williams (Dr. Caw Recording Studios)
Mastered by David Glasser (Airshow Mastering)
Produced and arranged by Katie Grennan

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Comment by Bill Verdier on March 30, 2018 at 14:56

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