The Guggenheim Grotto - Wonderful Wizard





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Published on May 18, 2009

Filmed Live at: Come2Go, 323 W. Baker St. Fort Wayne, IN
For a current schedule of concerts at C2G please go to: http://come2go.org/concerts/
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Over the past three years Mick Lynch and Kevin May of pop/folk act The Guggenheim Grotto have touched U.S. and U.K. audiences in a way the duo couldnt have imagined. From setting out as Dublin songwriter circuit to building a devoted cult following in the U.S. with warm embraces from media and competitive iTunes charting, the band has captivated audiences and tastemakers on both sides of the pond with its mix of poetic, often literature-inspired lyrics set to timeless, soaring pop melodies.

The bands debut album, Waltzing Alone, was self-released to immediate critical acclaim in Ireland on September 9, 2005, and its first promotional single Told You So rapidly became a firm favorite on Irish airwaves, reaching No. 12 on the Irish National Airplay Chart. In America, awareness of the band began to rise thanks to the support of DJs like David Dye at WXPN, Kate Bradley on XM50s The Loft and Nic Harcourt at KCRW, and in March 2006 the band traveled to Austin to perform a brace of gigs at SxSW. TGG released Waltzing Alone in the U.S. on United For Opportunity on September 26, 2006, and in November of that year embarked on its first U.S. national tour. Now with four U.S. tours under its belt, the band has found itself having made huge in-roads with American audiences and industry alike from playing listening rooms across the country to large festivals, performing on tastemaker radio programs to Charlestons nationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio/TV show.

Songs from the record have been used in major network primetime TV shows like One Tree Hill and Brothers And Sisters, and the band has met warm embraces from U.S. national and regional publications like Paste Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. In April 2007, Waltzing Alones opening track Philosophia was also chosen a the iTunes Free Single of the Week, and the record rocketed to No. 1 downloaded folk album on iTunes, where it stayed for weeks.

TGGs sophomore record, Happy The Man, made its digital debut at No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Folk Chart in October 2008. It boasts the bands same signature mix of timeless, multi-instrumental pop/folk, but offers a greater maturity and a higher sense of self-consciousness while delving into more sampling and electronic techniques. The album hits stores January 27, 2009 supported by a national tour.

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In a musical tavern of light beers and sugary cordials, this stuff is pure stout Boston Globe

With debts to both Radiohead and The Beatles, this is modern, intelligent, lyrically potent pop Boston Herald

Waltzing Alone is worth revisiting again and again Play Philly

one of the past years most promising new acts Washington Post

emotionally rich songs performed without irony or jaded modernism Nashville Scene

a spine tingling effect that I havent experienced since I heard Simon & Garfunkels Bookends album for the first time Irish Voice

what the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album might have sounded like if all its members were from Dublin. San Diego Union Tribune exquisite folk pop Charleston Daily Mail

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