Two piece blues/rock outfit Blackbird & Crow hail from the farthest northern corner of Co Donegal, Ireland. The band are comprised of Maighread Ni Ghrasta (Vocals) and Stephen Doohan (Guitar/Bazouki/Stomp) and are possibly best described musically as Janis Joplin meets Ry Cooder with a slight sprinkling of Fleetwood Mac in their early years. Janis Joplin ? That’s a very big claim to make ! … Well the comparison is not made by Maighread (and not even by me), it’s one that has been made again and again by the people that have witnessed her sing live. Maighread has rich, mature and powerful voice that embraces your heart and enriches your soul. She’ll growl you the blues, haunt you with melody and then lilt with the finest of the Cailíns.
Maighread is the former front woman of blues band The Beekeepers who are also based in Donegal and are widely recognised as one of the best blues outfits in the North West.
She has recently returned from tour in the United States where she performed in some of Chicago’s top blues venues including Rosa’s in Chicago with Harry Hmura and Sugar Blue and at the world famous Buddy Guy’s Legends Club where she was joined onstage by The Jimmy Johnson Blues Band.
Maighread wowed the audience at Legend’s Club with Karl Guy saying: “She’s a star! Maighread got up on the stage and blew us all away!! We look forward to having her back!”
For the final performance of her tour, at the beautiful Foxfarm Winery Venue, Portland, Oregon, Maighread was given this review:”Our guests were all curious to see what this wee little girl from Ireland could know about the blues… Let me just say, she knows it, she shares it, and she PREACHES it when she is on-stage! Somehow Maighread straddled the shadows of Etta James and Janis Joplin and kept the show rolling, and the audience howling for more. Maighread is a wonderful, fiery contradiction: lovely, a young spirit, but an old-soul. She is the only performer we’ve had who got TWO encore requests and one marriage proposal. I pray that she makes it back to Oregon so that we can have her perform at our big outdoor venue.”
– David Fish/Proprietor Foxfarm