Sat, 7 April 2007
Grushenka Arnold was born in Dublin, but was not without musical influences as her father was part of the Showband era in the 1960s. Brendan Arnold played rhythm guitar with the Royal Blues showband fronted by Doc Carroll. Taking up piano at an early age, Grushenka was also taught guitar by her father. Following on to secondary school, she then took up saxophone and clarinet in a local marching band. After School she studied at the Bull Alley College of Performing Arts, a course which included voice training, singing/dancing and acting. Grushenka began writing songs when she was 16, but it was not until the age of 21 that she would perform them in Public. Since then, Grushenka has been performing and playing in bands while constantly writing new material. She played bass with a local covers band called Off the wall for two years before deciding to perform as a solo artist. This led to Grushenka winning the 2004 Battle of the bands/singer/songwriter competition as well as various other talent contests. Her first demo was recorded in 1999 followed by her EP in 2005. She is now working towards recording an album before leaving Canada. An album was recorded independently and released in 2004, featuring a selection of artists that performed at the Irish songwriters open mic nights. Sacred and This Love written and performed by Grushenka can be found on this album which is available at www.irishsongwriters.net Also, check out www.ontheverge.ie for Grushenka's radio interview by Brendan Hickey, recorded in Feb '06.
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