The Grail

Celtic & Irish Musicians

The Grail – Celtic & Irish Band

The Grail comprises an exceptional group of Celtic musicians and composers. These multi-instrumental performers have travelled the world many times over playing music, in addition to recording music for film and television.

Roaring pub crowds and thunderous festival audiences have been captivated by the thrilling energy and celtic spirit of the band. Ever popular classic Irish songs are blended effortlessly with The Grail’s critically acclaimed original tune sets to please the most demanding audiences.

The dancing is addictive when the fiddle starts to fly, while everyone joins in the festivities as the band spreads its infectious humour and encourages light-hearted audience participation.

The Grail owes much of its success to a diverse repertoire, adjusting each performance to audience appeal.

Their own compositions are inevitably enriched by this extensive travel to the farthest reaches of the globe, with numerous TV and stage appearances including a performance at Australia’s APRA Music Awards.

The Grail are available as a 3, 4 or 5 piece band, tailoring our performances to meet your budget.

Please see our videos below to view a recent 3-piece performance at the RWC fanzone, and also  a full 5-piece performance on St Patrick’s Day.

The Grail: Showreel

The Grail playing live at Shed 10

Fanzone at the Viaduct, Auckland, as part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup festivities.

This was an early afternoon performance, part of the pre-match warm-up before the Ireland Vs Russia game on Sept 25th 2011. It was great to have the opportunity to be part of a fairly decent-sized stage production, with good sound engineers, AV guys and road crew. We stripped the band down to a basic three-piece, but still cranked out a good beat.

This single live feed was broadcast to all the huge screens around the Fanzone.

Traditional Irish audiences love to sing along to classics such as “Whiskey In The Jar”, “The Irish Rover” and “The Fields of Athenry”. Contemporary audiences fill the dance floor to the music of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, U2, Thin Lizzy and Johnny Cash.

Contemporary pop audiences of every age will dance and sing along to songs by well known performers such as The Commitments, Johnny Cash, The Pogues and many more. Worldwide festivals have also added a wide range of international songs to the band’s extensive repertoire.The Grail also dazzle audiences with their original compositions of jigs and reels.

The Grail offers an outstanding array of entertainment. The band praised by publicans and audiences from Dublin to Bangkok is available for short and long term contracts, and one-off gigs.
Bookings for this year and next year are currently being scheduled

Our Experience:

  • Block bookings in holiday resorts around the world, including 2 summer seasons (contracted 6 nights per week for 6 month) in the world’s greatest party island, Ibiza in the Mediterranean.
  • 9 months playing in the tourist mecca of Phuket in Thailand (including gigs on Koh Samui and Phi Phi Island), and 3 months in America. A tour of Scotland England and Wales, culminating in playing for the Welsh rugby team on the night of their 6 nations rugby triumph.
  • Many gigs in and around Auckland and NZ, including appearances at the Devonport Food and Wine festival, The APRA Music Awards, The Annual St Patrick’s day parade down Queen Street,, the Field Days festival in Hamilton.
  • Afternoon gigs at massive race meetings at Ellerslie and Te Rapa racecourses, performance at the New Zealand National Polo Championship final, The Round-the-Bays race afterparty, the list goes on.

Also featured as part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Fanzone entertainment at Shed 10 on the Queen’s Wharf, during New Zealand’s biggest ever event, the RWC 2011.

RIVERDANCE

Large scale orchestral credits include the composition and performance of music for the internationally touring Irish dance show, “Celtic Dance Force”, as well as appearances in the massive ‘Riverdance’ stage extravaganza.

Roaring pub crowds and thunderous festival audiences have been captivated by the thrilling energy and celtic spirit of the band. Ever popular classic Irish songs are blended effortlessly with The Grail’s critically acclaimed original tune sets to please the most demanding audiences.

The dancing is addictive when the fiddle starts to fly, while everyone joins in the festivities as the band spreads its infectious humour and encourages light-hearted audience participation.

The Grail owes much of its success to a diverse repertoire, adjusting each performance to audience appeal.

Featuring dancers from the legendary Riverdance show, this massive one-off stage production, part of the New Zealand Irish festival, rocked the crowd in downtown Auckland’s Aotea Square, Auckland New Zealand

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Thank you Gerry for the beautiful music as I walked down the aisle. I almost cried before I even got to the altar! The music was exactly what I wanted on our special day.

Heidi Christenson

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Gayle Browning

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