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The Second Story

by Katie Grennan

Fiddle player Katie Grennan's second album includes everything from ancient Irish melodies to original compositions.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mike’s Per Diem / The Second Story / Morning Crows of Sendai (Reels) [feat. John Williams & Jimmy Moore]
Katie Grennan
3:59 $0.99
2. The Cordal / The Rolling Wave (Jigs) [feat. John Williams & Jimmy Moore]
Katie Grennan
4:12 $0.99
3. Fort Dunree
Katie Grennan & John Williams
3:15 $0.99
4. For the Love of Music / Flying to the Fleadh (Slip Jigs)
Katie Grennan & John Williams
3:59 $0.99
5. The Coolin (Air)
Katie Grennan & John Williams
6:52 $1.29
6. Carolan’s Welcome / Man of the House (March / Reel)
Katie Grennan & Jamie Reynolds
4:00 $0.99
7. The Station Master's Waltz (feat. Dave Curley & John Williams)
Katie Grennan
3:24 $0.99
8. Golden Where You Are
Katie Grennan & Jacob B. Little
4:21 $1.29
9. Farewell to Chicago (feat. Dave Eggar & John Williams)
Katie Grennan
2:28 $0.99
10. Light Jigs (116) Francie’s Travels / Tara’s Upward Romp / The Comrade’s Oboe [feat. Dave Eggar & John Williams]
Katie Grennan
3:59 $0.99
11. Reels (113) Traditional [feat. John Williams & Steve Holloway]
Katie Grennan
8:16 $0.99
12. Slip Jigs (113) Don’t Stick to the Floor / Knock on the Door / Ellen’s Dance [feat. Jamie Reynolds & Steve Holloway]
Katie Grennan
5:35 $0.99
13. Heavy Jigs (73) Calliope House / The Blarney Pilgrim / The Dawn / Malin Head / Kiera’s Grace [feat. John Williams & Steve Holloway]
Katie Grennan
7:02 $0.99
14. Hornpipes (113) Gan Ainm / Somewhere over the Rainbow / The Beetles in the Leaves / The Leverette [feat. Jamie Reynolds & Steve Holloway]
Katie Grennan
9:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Katie Grennan's second album release features everything from ancient Irish melodies to ten original compositions. The album truly has something for all Irish music and dance enthusiasts - including slow airs, relaxing waltzes, lively reels and jigs, and Irish dance specific tracks designed for practice or dance outs. Katie is the current fiddle player with the celebrated Irish folk/fusion band Gaelic Storm and has toured extensively across the United States, Europe, and Asia with a variety of bands and professional productions.

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

Thank you to:

- My parents, my brother Jack, and my extended family for your unconditional love and support.

- The many musicians and students that I’ve had the joy of working with other the years – you have provided the inspiration for my music.

-Craig Williams for your expertise throughout the entire recording process.

- The musicians who worked to add so much to this album – Jamie Reynolds, Jacob Little, Steve Holloway, David Curley, David Eggar, Jimmy Moore, and John Williams– without you this project would not have been possible or have come to life as it did.

Liner Notes:
1. 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.
2. The Cordal/The Rolling Wave: Two traditional jigs that have been recorded countless times over the years. This particular arrangement was originally inspired by a night of music at the Galway Arms. Special thanks to David Boveri for the opening concertina line ideas.
3. Fort Dunree: Sligo fiddler Manus Maguire wrote this tune, which was originally featured on the Buttons and Bows album “Return from Spring”. I had the great pleasure of playing this tune alongside him at a house concert in Pittsburgh along his travels.
4. For the Love of Music/Flying to the Fleadh: The first tune was written by Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll and could have been an alternate title for this album! The second was written by Belfast piper Patrick Davey in 1995. The “Fleadh” references the largest Irish music festival held in different cities in Ireland each year, hosting more than 400,000 musicians and attendees in recent years.
5. The Coolin: Known as one of the most beautiful traditional Irish slow airs. Although its exact origins are unknown, some believe it may be as old as the 13th century. I originally learned this tune as a child and has been a favorite of mine ever since.
6. Carolan’s Welcome/Man of the House: The first tune was composed by the blind harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). This title was given to it relatively recently by the Cheiftains, as it was one of ten compositions that did not have a surviving title given by O’Carolan. The second is a traditional reel and a tune I originally learned in 2012 to play for a German tour with a show called “Magic of the Dance” alongside my good friend Jonathon Srour on flute.
7. The Station Master’s Waltz: This tune was written by André Brunet for the station master at the train station: the facilitator of so many people’s travels yet remains at his steadily at his post. I first heard this tune in Pittsburgh from box player Dan Possumato.
8. Golden Where You Are: An original song written and sung by Jacob B. Little and the Little Family Band, a group based out of Chicago that I play with. Jacob wrote the song as an ode and celebration to those he loves, and serves as a reminder to the listener to live and love without regrets.
9. Farewell to Chicago: I wrote this tune in 2015 after saying “good bye” to the life I had built in Chicago post college and pre-graduate school. However, as they say, it’s not goodbye, it’s “see you later” – Chicago is a difficult city to stay away from as an Irish musician!
10. Francie’s Travels/Tara’s Upward Romp/The Comrade’s Oboe (Original): This first jig was written for Francie, the beloved late sheep dog of Shelia Dooley and Jimmy Bracken. The second tune was written for Tara, my family’s late sheepdog and was also featured on my first album Between Worlds. The third tune was inspired by a piece of music called “The Falls” which follows the popular piece “Gabriel’s Oboe”, both from the soundtrack to the movie “The Mission”, composed by Ennio Morricone. Certain phrases in the jig are borrowed from areas of the piece.
11. Dr. Gilbert’s/Hut on Staffin Island/The Broken Pledge/Earl’s Chair/The Virginia Reel/Siobhan O’Donnell’s/Lad O’Byrne’s: This long set of some of my favorite reels is designed for Irish dancers to use in class, for at home practice, or at dance outs.
12. Don’t Stick to the Floor/Knock on the Door/Ellen’s Dance (Original): I wrote these three slip jigs in honor of situations I encountered at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh and for the Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance. The third tune is written for Ellen Adams, the daughter of my dear friends Mary Conroy Adams and Jay Adams.
13. Calliope House/The Blarney Pilgrim/The Dawn/Malin Head/Kiera’s Grace: This first tune has a direct connection to Pittsburgh, my hometown, and was written by Dave Anderson for a mansion where many house concerts where held, which eventually became an organization known as ‘Calliope: the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society’. The second is a traditional tune and featured in the movie “Titanic” and played by the band Gaelic Storm (that I joined in 2017) in the scene “Party in 3rd Class”. The third tune was written by Liz Carroll and is featured in the track that accompanies Trinity Irish Dance Academy’s choreography “The Dawn”. The forth tune was written by John Williams (featured throughout most of this album) and was originally recorded in 1999 on Joseph Sobel’s album “Citternalia”. The final tune was written by staple Irish dance feis accordion player Mike Shaffer for his granddaughter Kiera, whom I’ve had the pleasure of teaching fiddle to over the past few years.
14. Gan Ainm/Somewhere Over the Rainbow/The Beetles in the Leaves/The Leverette: The first tune is a popular tune played at feiseanna – Irish dance competitions. The second tune is a take on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, which I originally heard adapted into the Irish tradition by my friend and mentor Maurice Lennon (fiddle player of Stockton’s Wing). The third tune was written by 12-year old All Ireland fiddle champion Margaret Kepler, one of my fiddle students from Pittsburgh and references a particularly hot and sticky day at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh, where beetles kept falling from the tree leaves while we were playing tunes outside. The fourth tune was written by Galway box player Martin O’Connor and I’ve found it to be a favorite of competitive dancers.



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