The power to evoke
deep feeling lured Barbary Grant from a successful career as a classical
pianist into the lyrical world of traditional Celtic music. Now
her rich Irish harp and crystal-clear voice breathe new life into the old
songs of the Gael.
affection and respect for Celtic musical traditions have led Barbary to
the study of Gaelic languages. She now performs songs in Irish, Scots
Gaelic, and even Manx. This homage won her first place in the sean nós
competition at the 1998 Great American Irish Fair. (Sean nós -
"old style" in Irish - is a highly ornamented style of a cappella
turns romantic and playful, Barbary's music and warm stage presence have
captivated concert-goers for more than a decade. A favorite performer at
Scottish Games and Celtic Fairs throughout California, she has shared the
stage with Boys of the Lough, Eric Rigler / Bad Haggis, the Wicked Tinkers,
John Whelan, Alex Beaton, and Craicmore.
Barbary works as a hospital musician at Stanford University and El Camino
Hospitals. With wheels strapped to the base of her harp, she moves through
the hospitals playing soothing music for patients, families, and
staff everywhere from the newborn nurseries to Intensive Care Units.
1997 Barbary recorded her first CD, Brigit's Well, with flautist
Aimee Aul under the Changeling Records label. Her solo recordings, Bonny
at Morn and Celtic for Kids (Recommended by Parents' Choice)
followed in 2002. Ellipsis Arts selected three of her graceful
songs for their Celtic Dreams CD (2003). Barbary celebrated the release of Soft Mild Morning,
a collection of soothing harp instrumentals (2004).