Mance Grady


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I've been playing mostly Celtic music - from straight trad to more rocked out. I was on the cutting edge of the trad fusion scene in the late 70s bringing congas, bongos, djembe, etc. into Celtic music and also bringing the bodhrán, for which I'm best known for, into other musical genres. My experience is diverse, having started studying classical snare, moving onto drum set and eventually to hand percussion. My interests in classical, rock, blues, big band, folk music has helped make me a versatile player with a great deal of strength in improvisation. Rhythmically, I'm spot on, but am able to invoke a lot of passion and groove into my playing. Great music must feel good.

Screen name:
Mance Grady
Member since:
Jul 23 2007
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week


I've always admired the ones who came before. With the bodhrán whose use has had a rebirth since the 1950s, I've always had a great deal of respect for the playing of Kevin Conniff of the Chieftains and also Johnny Ringo McDonough. I've tried to pay homage to all those players, mentioned and not mentioned, but I've developed a distinct style of my own, taking full advantage of the tonal changes I get from the bodhrán and I use it to compliment the melody line as much as possible, so that the bodhrán goes far beyond a purely rhythmic instrument.


Main instruments:
Bodhráns (diameters from 12-20" and varying depths - I make my own bodhráns),
LP Congas & Bongos,
Remo Djembe,
Roland Electronic Drums,
Tama Starclassic Drum Set,
Bones and other percussion for texturing.



Past Events

Lake Charles, Louisianna
playing with Trouz Bras

playing with Trouz Bras in NY

Live on the Internet from Paris, Trouz Bras will be webcast in Manhattan, NY

performing with Trouz Bras

Irish Connections Festival in Canton, Mass. Performing with Trouz Bras, playing the Celtic music of Brittany.