Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty Music IAC Commissions

IAC Commissions: Dirk Powell and Mike McGoldrick

"Which Star Are You Going to Follow?," premiering April 19 as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope festival



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Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty

I boarded a train, I sailed on a ferry
I rode on a bus, I walked down the lane
Fingers clutching to my old mandolin
Removing my coat to protect it from rain
Returning to the ground my father had tilled
Old stones falling back into the land
Laying on my back in the old top field
Holding the stars in the palm of my hand 

Inspired by the journeys taken over generations and throughout their careers, acclaimed Appalachian musician Dirk Powell collaborates with English multi-instrumentalist Mike McGoldrick (Lúnasa) on a song that seeks out the stars to guide them along the way.

Premiered April 19, 2021, as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope festival

Conversation + music available on Irish Arts Center's Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, and YouTube channels.

To listen to just the music, click here.


“Which Star Are You Going to Follow?”
Produced by Dirk Powell and Mike McGoldrick 

Mike McGoldrick: guitars, tin whistle, wooden flute, mandolin, banjo, harmony vocals
Dirk Powell: bass, percussion, mellotron, lead vocals, narration
Rioghnach Connolly: background vocals
James Mackintosh: drums, “Waiting for a Greyhound" 

“Which Star Are You Going to Follow?”
Written by Mike McGoldrick, © PRS/MCPS and Dirk Powell, © Crying Bayou Music, BMI 

“Dreaming in the Field”
Written by Mike McGoldrick, © PRS/MCPS 

“Waiting for a Greyhound”
Written by Dirk Powell, © Crying Bayou Music, BMI 

Presented as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope festival 2021 

Executive producer, podcast: Dean Cappello
Producer, podcast: Paul Chuffo
Music for podcast from “Inagh Valley / Rockin’ the Boat” by Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, and Patrick Doocey 

Commissioned by Irish Arts Center as part of
Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty | 2020 - 2021 

April 19, 2021

Irish Arts Center's Grásta commissions series challenged twenty-six artists, reflecting a range of perspectives and disciplines, to create work in response to the idea of finding grace in uncertainty. Click here to learn more.

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