Noel O' Grady, a native of Kerry and now living in Dublin, inherited the purity of his singing voice from his mother, Eileen, and the bohemian side from his dad, Harry.
As a choirboy in Tralee under the direction of Rev. Pat Ahern, he learned the essence of singing, moving from the metronome to the throat to the diaphragm to the heart, and home to the soul - where it belongs.
Noel's first career took him to very different fields.
He is a retired senior Irish army officer who has served with the United Nations in Lebanon, Former Yugoslavia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Eritrea/Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Noel is a five-time winner of Oireachtas na Gaeilge for Traditional Singing in Irish. Pictured, Commandant Noel O' Grady being presented with Corn Chumann Múinteoirí Éireann by Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh, Patron of Oireachtas na Gaeilge.
In The National Concert Hall, Dublin, he has produced Celebratory Evenings for legendary writers Brendan Kennelly, John B. Keane and Patrick Kavanagh.
His Song and Storytelling interpretation of the works, lives and loves of Patrick Kavanagh, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, John B. Keane, and Seán O' Casey, amongst others, is cultural, sensitive and uniquely entertaining.
Among Noel's current repertoire is his new one-man-show on James Joyce, and the central influence of Song in the writer's life and works.
Noel premiered Portrait of a Singer: Ode to Joyce in London, and has performed it in Dublin, Trieste, Berlin and Russia. He has been invited to perform it in a number of worldwide venues.