Wednesday 13 December 2017

Why Michele McGrath's hoping it's third time lucky for her music career...

Michele McGrath
Michele McGrath

Industry and Wonderland may have sunk without trace but Michele McGrath is hoping third time is a charm for her girl band Liir.

The Skerries native established the group with former You're A Star winner Leanne Moore and Kim Hayden, who competed on The Voice.

The girls have been working around the clock on their first album, which they will release in January.

"We're just working non-stop and writing loads because we want to make sure that we're completely ready before we put our music out there," she told the Diary.

"We want to make sure we get it right. I'm really confident in our music and we should be releasing some tracks in the New Year."

While she has to wait a few more months for that, the brunette beauty has collaborated with well-known Dublin band Keywest.

The group are known for their epic busking sessions on Grafton Street and are set to launch their new album, Joyland, this Thursday.

"The song is called Apple Tree Hill and I loved working with them," she said.

"I've known the lads for the last 10 years so we had great craic recording together.


"I can't wait to actually see the album and have it in my hand. Even though it's not my full album, it's deadly to be featured on it," she added.

Meanwhile, busy bee Michele also presented special coverage of the All-Ireland football final over the weekend on Irish TV.

"It was a two-hour live show so that was a bit daunting," she said.

"I've done live TV before but never as a co-anchor for that length of time.

"It was great fun though and obviously I was delighted that the Dubs won," she added.

Michele also presents Dublin County Matters for the channel, but doesn't want to make a full-time move in front of the camera.

"I did Media Studies in college so it's nice to be dipping my toes into it; I like doing it on a part-time basis," she said.

"I'm focusing on music at the moment and I'll be starting rehearsals for Beauty and the Beast in the next few weeks as well."

The 27-year-old says she got her panto stamina from working in a cabaret show in the Canary Islands.

"It was hard, but it gave me a good grounding.

"It was two shows a day, seven days a week for a year, but it stood to me well, especially when it comes to panto," she said.

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