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The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:20 am

Every once in a while a new group appears on my musical radar that blows me away and this go round it is this trio from Ireland that call themselves The Guggenheim Grotto. The stars aligned for these guys when the drummer joined up with the previously well established duo. I'd name names but at this time it's all still too new for me to start dropping names in the right places. Anyway, the drummer brought the little something extra that filled out the duo's sound and a band was born.

When The Guggenheim Grotto popped up on another music forum my first instinct was to laugh at the name. Then I thought some folks have the most eclectic taste in music and it may work for them but I doubt seriously it'll work for me. Even a quick look and listen at their myspace was not enough for me to tell If I would like these guys. But then, it happened.

Just so happened they were set to play the opening set at our little outdoor summer series in Exton Pa. a short two nights later. I made sure we got there on time to catch these lads from across the pond. I was instantly taken by the group's vibe and overall sound. The playing was superb and the vocals and harmonies were impressive.

I bought their little book of a CD titled "Waltzing Alone" and it got stuck in my CD Player (in the best way) for the better part of a week. The liner notes include an online discussion about the way music once came to us via Albums and all that entailed with lyric sheets and liner notes that we all loved to pour over as fans...VS...the new digital age where there's inherently less connection to the music when you can so freely be a fan of a band's music without knowing much about them at all since it can all be had with a few clicks of the mouse button.

It's interesting to read how some mourn the loss of music delivered the old way, and while The Guggenheim Grotto will tell you that their CD is available at the "itunes" kind of places, that you'd be silly to pass up the hard copy for all that went into the liner notes on this CD. They were right.

Love these guys!!! The Guggenheim Grotto.....who knew???
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Postby Mtn Gal » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:56 am

What a great presentation of this new group, Paddy! Your write-up piques my curiosity even more than their unique name! Will try to catch a listen later when I have more time. :)
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Postby Mtn Gal » Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:55 pm

Well, I finally had a chance to check these guys out and paddy is absolutely right....they're awesome. I only listened to one song (4 times!) and am getting ready to download the CD, Waltzing Alone. Here's a link to 'Told You So' which I think is most appropriate since paddy might want to say that to some of us! :wink:

http://www.clearchannelmusic.com/cc-com ... ay=exiting

Good lookin' out paddy!
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Postby paddyinthepub » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:42 pm

Oh Mtn Gal...how you have made my day. :D
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Postby Mtn Gal » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:21 am

The pleasure was all mine! They're fabulous...what a great find!
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Re: The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby paddyinthepub » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:00 am

Guggenheim Grotto spending most of January 2009 between Philly, NY, and Boston.

guggenheim grotto myspace
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Re: The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby Mtn Gal » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:30 pm

No dates near me paddy but I keep my eye on my local watering holes for GG. Will you be taking in any of the shows in your area?
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Re: The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:09 pm

mtngal......with 4 shows in Philly this month, if I don't see 'em at least once:

color me an L Seven Major Loser!!!

Philly dates -- all shows start 9pm -- World Cafe Live

Jan6 -- tonight! However, I'm under the weather today and will miss this one. :oops: Uh oh! :lol:
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Re: The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby Mtn Gal » Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:54 pm

Cool! Can't wait to hear how they are live. I hope you feel better soon. :)
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Re: The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby paddyinthepub » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:42 pm

Thanks mtngirl......me, too.

I have seen them live. An outdoor show under the stars. They were awesome! Met 'em after the show, nice lads! This time around they are on tour across the pond without their drummer, Shane. Read a cool blog on their website about them packing light for their 2 months in America.

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Re: The Guggenheim Grotto

Postby paddyinthepub » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:03 pm

The Guggenheim Grotto on The World Cafe with David Dye.

The Guggenheim Grotto on The World Cafe November '06
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GUGGENHEIM GROTTO

Postby barb62 » Tue May 17, 2011 8:09 am

I had ]the pleasure of hosting The Guggenheim Grotto last month. I can't say enough about them and how incredible their music is! The duo is Kevin May and Mick Lynch and they both hail from Ireland. Their show was one of the best we've ever had!

I highly recommend all 3 of their CDs - absolutely fantastic! Here is a small sample - ENJOY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZteQ-Dc7sYE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNsXEXX7 ... re=related

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