Gráinne (Gron-ya) Hunt is one of Dublin’s finest songstresses, and i was very fortunate to be able to get a day of shooting in with her before she left to support Glen Hansard on a brief European tour. We met at The Monday Echo, a weekly performance showcase run by Aidan Murphy at MVP on Upper Clanbrassil Street. Upstairs in the pub, in a wooden room full of booths and pillows on the floor to sit on, Gráinne played some gorgeous tunes and we decided to get together and make some movies.
It took a whole lot of walking around to find a place with the right vibe. The canal didn’t feel right. A gorgeous vine covered alley behind Camden Street felt flat. It wasn’t until Gráinne suggested that we go to the top of the Stephen’s Green car park that we started making a bit of the magic. From there, we went to Stephen’s Green itself, and just as dusk was setting in, we found ourselves on the Liffey, just before Beckett Bridge, and i asked that she play my favorite song of hers, “Lilacs.” It’s the kind of song you might put on repeat one night ( i already have) when you have too many feelings.
Me and Gráinne on the roof of a car park, getting colder. We’d just wandered all over Portobello, and played pretty songs in pretty spaces, but nothing really felt alive yet. It was her idea to drive to the top of the parking garage and try to get a view of the city. That’s where we found the most beautiful red door I’d ever seen. I tried to get the door, the view and the music all working together. She tried to keep her hair out of her face. The wind tried to ruin the audio. A few old men drank cans in the opposite corner. I took my shoes off and tried not to step in the enormous puddle right in front of where she was playing. The song is "Lost of Words," the girl is Gráinne Hunt, and the video is Street Noise.
More HER at: grainnehunt.com
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