Having recently released his debut album, “Little Ripples” to critical acclaim, Eric McGrath is quickly becoming a powerful force on the Irish Music Scene...
“Little Ripples is a superb debut offering indeed......... a slow burner that could be massive.” (EDWIN McFEE – HOT PRESS)
"Beautifully crafted song-writing and enveloping arrangements make Eric McGrath's debut album totally enchanting." (JULIE FEENEY)
"......it’s like being wrapped in an aural duvet……….I think we’ve found a rare talent in him.” (DANNY McELHINNEY - MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Born in Dublin to a Spanish mother and an Irish father, Eric was raised on a healthy mix of music from around the globe. With a strong love of Latin grooves, 1920's North American song craftsmanship, and 1960's Surf harmonies, it wasn't long before Eric began to blend his diverse inspirations through his own unique compositions. After completing an honours degree in Chemistry at University College Dublin, Eric finally succumbed to his true calling by obtaining a Masters in Music and Media from Trinity College Dublin.
“Little Ripples”, Eric’s self penned, arranged, performed and produced debut album, garnered critical acclaim in the media upon its release in 2012. With its instantly catchy harmonies, unusual chord progressions, and breezy instrumental arrangements (captured at various farmhouses, mountain lodges, and pro recording studios all over Ireland) it still continues to enjoy regular national airplay having been playlisted on some of Ireland’s leading radio stations.
Since the release of Little Ripples, Eric and his band have been in high demand playing some of Ireland’s most established festivals and venues across the country. Be it performing at Electric Picnic, opening shows for such musical luminaries as Bic Runga at The Cork Opera House and The Olympia Theatre, or playing support for established Irish acts, including Julie Feeney, Cathy Davey, Dave Geraghty, etc. there is no doubt that Eric McGrath is one to watch.
A wider audience awaits......
None of this would have been possible without the invaluable help of some of my friends and family.
This website was made by Daniel Barrington, a sheer pro I must say! I'm
astounded by the speed and professionalism with which my every
request was dealt, and he's a really nice guy too.
Tony O' Brien was extremely helpful throughout the entire recording
process. He really went out of his way to get the best out of
whatever I presented to him. I really enjoyed working with him in
such a comfortable and creative atmosphere, and I look forward to
doing a lot more with him in the future. I can't recommend him highly
John Ohle, not only upstages me at nearly every show we play,
but he is also responsible for all the drumming on my recordings.
I appreciate his effort so much and don't know where I'd be without him.
Cristina McGrath co-wrote and sang the female backing vocals on my recordings. Her input has been invaluable and I look forward to getting her more and more involved.
Bobby McMahon played the Electric Guitar on Ripples into Waves before
leaving me his beautiful guitar to finish the rest of the album with.
He is a great musician and has always been a huge help to me.
The photos for this website were taken by my girlfriend Anna on our recent holiday to a town just outside Barcelona. They really helped get this whole thing in motion and I'm delighted with how they turned out.Thanks for everything.
My parents, abuelo, and girlfriend deserve the biggest thanks of all. Really really can't express it in words.
And finally, I must thank Julie Feeney for always being there to answer
all of my annoying questions. I am a huge fan of hers and I cannot
thank her enough for her continuos support.
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Little Ripples is a superb debut offering indeed... a slow burner that could be massive.
It's a delight... I think we've found a rare talent in him.
I fell asleep listening to this album such is the soothing nature of Eric's mellifluous voice. It's like being wrapped in an aural duvet. Julie Feeney was not wrong when she called his music 'totally enchanting'. It's a delight from the opening countryside sounds through to the aptly titles one-mintue long Sixty Seconds. However, it's not designed to lull your cares away, BEfore You Left is too melancholy for that and Alone We Stand will resonate with anyone unsure in a relationship. The sound of the Kinks and Donovan collide on These Are The Good Old Days and, although the music is not pastiche, it does sound like Eric has landed here from the Sixties. Ripples into Waves is from a gentler time, like Eels' Novocaine For The Soul in parts. Multi-instrumental Eric also uses several 'found sounds', but I think we've found a rare talent in him.