July 11 (Friday) 5:15-6:15 Colorado Irish Festival- Beth Gadbaw and Margo Krimmel head up The Granias (featuring Annie Sirotniak on guitar and guest Esther Terpenning on flute, sitting in for fiddler Jessie Burns who’ll be visiting family in England) as they play the opening set on the Whiskey Pub Stage at the 2014 Colorado Irish Festival. Gate is FREE before 6:00 pm – stay and eat, visit the booths and Heritage tent, hang out in the general frivolity- check the website for other scheduled bands.
Gadbaw & Krimmel are: Beth Gadbaw: vocals, bodhrán and Margot Krimmel: harp, vocals
The Granias are an all-female Celtic folk quartet that hails from Lyons and Boulder, Colorado. Named for the magnificent sixteenth century Irish heroine Grania, the Pirate Queen, this emerging band is known for its graceful, swashbuckling traditional sound. The Granias’ fiddler Jessie Burns spent six years touring the world with Celtic super-group Gaelic Storm, her last album with that group reaching number one on the World Charts. Singer/drummer Beth Gadbaw and harpist Margot Krimmel perform often as a duo, their music recently described by Colorado Public Radio as “stunning” and by British folk magazine What’s Afoot as “an absolute joy to listen to.” Guitarist Annie Sirotniak, known for her rich, session-style playing, is also producer of an active, nationally renowned concert series.
The Granias delight audiences with a variety of Celtic and American repertoire that showcases the talents of these four established musicians: Irish, Scottish and bluegrass fiddle tunes by Burns, whose playing is “powered by pure energy” (Boston Music Spotlight); American and English folk ballads, Scottish sea chanties, and Irish traditional songs by Gadbaw, her voice “often acting as an instrument in its own right” (Sing Out!); sparkling harp solos by Krimmel that “hint at ancient Irish roots” (Westword); chopsy accompaniment by Sirotniak, whose unparalleled community spirit earned her a place as one of Boulder County’s “top 100”(Longmont Times-Call). Together, The Granias hold true to the spirit of their namesake, Grania, the Pirate Queen, the epitome of feminine strength and love; delivering graceful, swashbuckling Celtic and American folk music with passion, artistry, and expert musicianship.