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Music became a lockdown lifeline for Grace

Grace Foley: In 2020 music became a lifeline for the present, a connection to the past and a ray of hope for the future

ALTHOUGH she desperately misses performing live in front audiences, gifted Killarney singer Grace Foley has turned the lockdown period to her advantage by becoming more creative and recording three new singles and accompanying videos.

She said she misses the buzz, the sharing of stories and songs and the interaction with people at her concerts but 2020 has been a great year for her in terms of creativity.

Ironically, she recorded her three music videos on March 12 which was the day the first Covid-19 lockdown was announced.

Since then, Grace has performed live online on several occasions, both on her own social media platforms and on pages across Ireland and America, as well as a live behind closed doors concert in St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney which was broadcast via the parish webcam.

She also wrote and released a song called Together Apart which she recorded in her wardrobe and Grace appeared on RTÉ’s Today Show on which she sang live from her living room with her little dog, Kerri, on her lap.

A Time for Christmas will be available on www.gracefoley.ie from November 27

The talented Killarney performer was thrilled to be awarded Arts Council funding to enable write and record her own material and she recorded her new work at the Ventry Recording Studio in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

“Luckily, I had just finished the songs when it was announced that Dublin was facing further restrictions and I would not have been able to record had I arrived a day later,” she said.

Grace’s last near miss with lockdown came in late October when she recorded her last music videos for the year only to finish up for the day and she got a notification on her phone that the entire country was moving to Level 5 lockdown.

One of the tracks Grace recorded with her Arts Council funding is a Christmas song and, with a nudge from her husband John, she decided to throw caution to the wind and release a full Christmas EP. It will be released on Friday, November 27 and it features four festive favourites as well as Grace’s own song, Goodbye to Dublin.

Recorded at the Little Dylan Studios in Killarney, the EP, titled A Time for Christmas, Vol. 1, will be available on www.gracefoley.ie from November 27 and on all online platforms from December 1. Those who buy physical copies of the record will be awarded with a bonus song that is not available on digital platforms.

While the future for performers is still very unsure, Grace Foley will always look back on 2020 as the year when music became so much more than a career.

“It became a lifeline for the present, a connection to the past and a ray of hope for the future,” she said.

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