The Garret Sessions

A series of folk, roots & acoustic music dinner concerts

The dinner concerts are a unique opportunity for those who appreciate live music, with good food and wine, in the comfort of a traditional English country pub. The performances will include highly acclaimed national & international musicians and singer songwriters from the world of folk & roots music.

The artistes will cover a diverse range of genres including Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Celtic & Traditional, performing Polkas, Jigs, Reels and Ballads a plenty, with tunes, songs and stories from around the world. The venue for the concerts is The Garret, a very intimate and ambient room with excellent acoustics and a “living room” feeling that is perfect for the Sessions.

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The Queens Head, Fyfield, Essex, CM5 0RY. Tel: 01277 899231

Email: garretsessions@yahoo.co.uk

Upcoming Garret Sessions:

St Patrick’s Day Special, Tuesday March 17th

The Alan Kelly Gang

Alan Kelly (Piano Accordion) Steph Geremia (Vocals/Flute/Sop. Sax) Alasdair White (Fiddle)
Manus Lunny (Bouzouki/Guitar)

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed traditional Irish music band from the west of Ireland and Scotland, the Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, described by New York’s Irish Voice as “in league with the best piano accordionists in the world” and with three critically acclaimed masters of their craft in tow, the gang have taken global audiences by storm, impressing both music lover and critic.

“Alan Kelly is fast becoming a national treasure. The piano accordion maestro has assembled a group – or gang – around him, who can complement his own amazing skills… See these guys as soon as you get the chance.”

Irish Music Magazine

★★★★ “exceptional… a force to be reckoned with”


BBC R2 (UK)

“beautiful music from master musicians”

Irish Music Magazine

“piano accordion maestro, Alan Kelly, just gets better and better as the years go by”

Mike Harding – BBC Radio 2 (UK)

“Their mastery of their respective instruments was sublime… a true collective of musicians… you’ll absolutely fall in love” 

Timber & Steel (Australia)

Alan Kelly (Accordian)
Alan Kelly, the main driving force behind the Gang, has been a busy performer in the world of folk music for over 20 years. Working with many different projects and musicians, some of his own motivation and some as musical collaborations with other top musicians and friends. Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums.

Steph Geremia (Flute, Vocals & Whistle)
Bringing a sweet, soulful yet energetic air to her music, Steph is a vibrant and versatile musician who officially debuted on the scene in 2009 with the release of her critically acclaimed album The Open Road. Though being a long-time Irish resident, Steph hails originally from New York where she first began playing traditional music, and it was there she studied World Music. Steph has performed at top festivals worldwide as a member of the Alan Kelly Gang and has performed and toured with icons such as The Chieftains, Eddi Reader and Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh.

Alasdair White (Fiddle)
Alasdair White hails from the Isle of Lewis. He is well known as the Battlefield Band’s virtuoso fiddle player and has been an award-winning fiddler since he emerged at the age of thirteen, when praised by The Scotsman as a “13 year-old maestro of the Highland fiddle playing surging strathspeys and reels with maturity and expertise beyond his tender years”

Manus Lunny (Bouzouki/Guitar/Vocals)
Manus Lunny is one of Celtic music’s best instrumentalists. A skillful guitar and bouzouki player, Lunny has toured and recorded with ex-Silly Wizard vocalist Andy B. Stewart and keyboardist Phil Cunningham. Since 1988 Lunny has been an essential element of the sound generated by traditional folk group Capercaille, appearing with the band in concert and on six of their albums.

A native of county Donegal, Lunny began his musical career as a member of the Wild Geese. He first collaborated with Andy B. Stewart on Stewart and Phil Cunningham’s 1986 album ‘Fire In The Glen’.

YouTube Links to previous performances:

Alan Kelly gang perform in Manchester, NH – March 2014 – Galway Reels
Alan Kelly gang perform at Tatihou 2012
Alan Kelly gang perform in Manchester, NH – March 2014 – Rookery Reels

Tia-McGraff

Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Tia McGraff

Described as having “a voice stolen from angels”, Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Johnny was so impressed with Tia, he invited her into June’s dressing room to introduce the two. Johnny Cash wasn’t the only one who recognized a shining star! Soon heavy weights like Randy Bachman (BTO), Dan Hill (Celine Dion), Andrew Gold, Mark Slaughter, and countless others, were inviting Tia to write and record with them.
Every songwriter’s dream is to make it in Nashville, and Tia soon found herself moving there to further her passion and craft. It was in Music City, USA, that this Canadian songstress met Colorado native, Tommy Parham (Lee Greenwood’s “Rocks You Can’t Move”.
Together, they have a passion for song writing “outside the box”.  They celebrate numerous film/TV placements, including Ashley Judd’s “Come Early Morning”, and their song “All Of Us”, which was used in an Australian TV commercial promoting multiculturalism was also used in a video on World Youth Day in Sydney.
6 CD releases, 4 CMT videos, 15 years of main stage festivals and headline concert performances, and you have a singer/songwriter who has crafted a musical career that is respected and celebrated by thousands of fans and industry notables today. Performing on main stage festivals, concert halls, song writing venues, and even house concerts, Tia captures her audience and holds them spell bound until her last haunting note has faded.

Ross Ainslie
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