Eliot Grasso was born into a musical family in Baltimore in 1983. His father Mark is a fiddle player and Eliot was introduced to Irish music from a young age, taking lessons initially on the whistle and flute. He was introduced to piping by the late Paul Levin and then Kieran O’Hare, the latter had a profound influence on Eliot’s playing. Having competed at the 1996 Fleadh Cheoil in New York, he travelled to Ireland for the first time to study at the Scoil Éigse which strengthened his interest in Irish traditional music and piping. Eliot became a regular visitor to Ireland subsequently and received tuition from Robbie Hannan, Tommy Martin, John O’Brien and Seán Potts. Having performed on NPU’s New Dawn, he produced his first solo recording as an 18-year-old Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso is also a talented classical pianist and organist and is currently a student of Ethnomusicology in Limerick. He performs on pipes pitched in B made by Andreas Rogge in Germany.
1) Old Hag You Have Killed Me / The Butcher’s March /
The Gander in the Pratie Hole
2) The Bearhaven Lassies / Farewell to Erin
3) The Wicklow Hornpipe / The Fern House
4) Gerdy Commane’s / An Buachaill Dreoite / McGreevy’s
5) Sporting Nell / Kitty the Hare / The Scowling Wife
6) Brendan Mulvihill’s Jig / The Trip to Belfast
7) The Green Fields of Canada
8) Up Against the Flatirons / What, No Watermelon?
9) Jenny Picking Cockles / The Flowers of Limerick
10) An Páistín Fionn / The Walls of Liscarroll / Lakeview Drive
11) Chief O’Neill’s Favourite / The New Century
12) Paddy Clancy’s / Welcome Home Gráinne
13) The Ace and Deuce of Piping
14) Mother and Child Reel / Farewell to Connacht