Songs You May Have Missed #176


Jennifer Cutting (with Grace Griffith): “My Grief On the Sea” (2005)

One of the loveliest voices in contemporary Celtic music belongs to Washington, D.C. area’s Grace Griffith.

If you’ve heard of Eva Cassidy, you have Griffith to thank. It was at her urging that Bill Straw of Bix Street Records signed Cassidy, whose career was cut short by melanoma in 1996. Griffith herself has yet to become a household name on the order of Cassidy despite having won multiple Washington Area Music Association awards (“Wammie Awards”).

Griffith was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 and has since become a speaker and educator on Parkinson’s.

“My Grief On the Sea” is actually from an album by Jennifer Cutting called Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey, which won Cutting five Wammies in 2005. It’s a beautiful album which was the better part of a decade in the making.

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