Grace Broadhead is an 18-year old Irish fiddler from Sandia Park, NM who began playing the Irish fiddle when she was eleven. She is a member of two local bands, Albuquerque’s Duke City Ceili Band and Jug O’ Punch.
In 2018 and 2019, Grace competed in the Midwest Fleadh. In 2019, her Newly Composed Tune “Chain Reaction” came in 1st place, affording her the opportunity to compete at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2019. She has also competed in the eComórtas Ceoil in 2020 and 2021 and was awarded a gold medal in the 15-18 fiddle competition both years. In 2021 she also received a gold medal in fiddle slow airs and a silver medal in the lilting competition. In April, 2022, Grace was awarded the inaugural “Fiddler of London Diaspora Award”.
Grace has had the opportunity to play with several well-known musicians and groups, including the Sharon Shannon Band, The Old Blind Dogs, and Gaelic Storm. She also opened the show for Randal Bays when he came to Albuquerque in February 2019.
In 2019, Grace played on two of Fergal Scahill’s Tune a Day videos. She also joined in on two of Colin Farrell’s Tune a Day videos in 2020.
Grace and bouzouki player Ben Williamson recently released their debut album Tipping the Scales.