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Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band


Visualize a Celt in the Cotton Club! Tara O'Grady’s soulful voice has been compared to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Patsy Cline. This New York native with Irish roots combines celtic, folk, funk, blues, swing and especially jazz in her unique style. Awarded Irish Voice’s Most Influential Woman 2010 by Ireland's Prime Minister, the singer-songwriter has four releases, Black Irish (2010), Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (2011), A Celt in the Cotton Club (2013) and Irish Bayou (2015). Her recording of the famous song Danny Boy was ranked #6 in Best Selling Blues MP3s and #10 in Best Selling Jazz MP3s in the UK. Her performance of that song was also featured in an award winning BBC documentary film "Danny Boy - The Ballad that Bewitched the World," celebrating the song's 100th anniversary. The film was nominated for best documentary at Ireland's version of the Oscars in 2014, and featured Tara, Judy Collins, Joe Jackson, Gabriel Bryne, Rosanne Cash, and Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains. Her original jazz and blues songs and unique renditions of Irish standards can be heard on radio stations across America and Europe.

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- Wall Street Journal

"Irish-American Jazz Powerhouse!"
- IrishCentral

"This torchy chanteuse leads one of the most badass old-time swing bands you'll ever hear. One thing that distinguishes her from the legions of come-hither, moldy fig front women is that O'Grady writes her own songs - when she's at the top of her game, which she generally seems to be, they sound like classics from the 1930s. She brings Bessie Smith into this century with lickety-split swing."
- New York Music Daily

"Combining Billie Holiday's gift for meticulous but effortlessly poetic phrasing with Anita O'Day's swingin' sassiness, June Christy's cocktail coolness, Patsy Cline's rural romanticism, and Sarah Vaughn's sophisticated sultriness, she is indeed a musical force of nature to reckon with. Tara's music is as eclectic, authentic, timeless and nostalgic as the American landscape itself."
- Will "the Thrill" Viharo, Author, Los Angeles.





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