Terry has been performing Irish ballads in local Irish pubs as well as performances at Irish festivals, Renaissance Fairs and fundraisers all over the U.S. for nearly 4 decades.
His music reflects his Irish heritage and his experiences in Ireland and appeals to the Irish-Americans who look beyond the stereotypical to the true essence of being Irish.
His work with Irish organizations and the Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade committee earned him the honor of Grand Marshall for the parade in 1999. He is currently the webmaster for the parade and also does PR for the parade as well as for many Irish events in Pittsburgh.
Terry Griffith is known for his interpretation of Irish ballads. His rich baritone voice is suited to ballads from the humorous to the emotional and his repertoire is sure to take audiences through the highs and lows that only Irish music can span in an evening.
Terry has recorded five CDs, "For My Grandfathers" released in 1994 and “Songs From The Pub” released in 2006, “Faire Play” released in 2009, “Musings” released in 2012 and “Long Live Avaloch” released in 2015. All are available on line through cdbaby.com, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/t e rrygriffith .
Terry's CD, “For My Grandfathers”, contains 10 ballads recorded with the help of some of the very best Irish musicians of the genre and guaranteed to be one of the favorites in any collection of Irish music lovers. The title song explains why a "Yank" of Irish heritage would become involved in the music and the politics of Ireland . "If my ancestors would have never left Ireland , I would be there singing the same songs.” The album is not only a sample of his vocal and guitar styling but the other excellent musicians compliment and complete the experience. It's not a party album that you play in the background but one that you truly listen to for the words, the emotion and the message. The album was very favorably reviewed in the national publication, Renaissance Magazine in March, 2009. (Attached)
“Songs From the Pub” is a compilation of 17 Irish songs from his pub act. It's just Terry's vocals and a guitar with no other instruments. “This is a party album”.
“Faire Play” is a collection of 14 ballads normally played at Renaissance and Medieval Faires. Although not “period” music, it is the best of Irish festival music including comedy pieces and soulful ballads that has made Terry's stage act so popular at those venues. All the vocal harmonies and instruments heard on the recording were done by Terry.
“Musings” is a recording of some favorite Celtic ballads and a few original songs fully orchestrated.
“Long Live Avaloch” is a short collection of Celtic ballads and originals usually performed at Medieval and Renaissance Faire.
Terry's web page www.pittsburghirish.org/griffith contains a performance schedule and other helpful information so that you can experience the music that has thrilled and entertained audiences of all ages for many years.
Terry's YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/TerryGriffith1 shows clips of his pub act and Renaissance Festival stage act as well as the popular “Drink Tax Song” which has received nearly 15,000 hits.
- - Diane V. Byrnes, Echoes of Erin Radio Program.
"In listening to the music of Terry Griffith , you will hear the 'soul' and 'spirit' of an Irishman. His strong, rich voice and eloquent guitar playing will help you visualize the scene of the song. Terry's interpretation and delivery of the music is excellent. He writes songs with a lot of 'heart' and his lyrics help you feel his feelings. Terry Griffith is a wonderful ballad singer and his music is a 'MUST' for your Music Library.
It is always a pleasure to work with Terry on a variety of projects, he is very knowledgeable in Irish History and he has excellent technical skills and can create ideas and implement them to the fullest."
Terry Griffith - Recent Performances:
Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dave Regan, Manager
Kelly's Riverside Saloon
1458 Riverside Drive
Jim Kelly, Owner/Manager
2250 Niagara Falls Blvd
Buffalo, NY 14150
Kevin Townsell, Owner/Manager
126 Chambersburg Street
Gettysburg, Pa. 17325
Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Nan Krushinski, Entertainment Coordinator
Adams County Irish Festival
Adams County Irish Festival
PO Box 3934
Gettysburg, PA 17325-0934
Marilyn Dolly, Entertainment Coordinator
Compass Inn Museum
P.O. Box 167
Laughlintown, PA 15655
Ohio State University Renaissance and Medieval Faire
1338 Windham Road
Columbus, OH 43220
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
112 Renaissance Lane
West Newton, PA 15089
Betty Spreen, Entertainment Director
Great Lakes Medieval Faire
3033 State Route 534
Rock Creek, Ohio, 44084
Scott Hendricks, Entertainment Director
1-888-633-4382 or 440-474-4280
Claddagh Irish Pub and Restaurant
407 Cinema Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: (412) 381-4800
Major motion pictures worked on
“She's out of My League” – Dreamworks Productions, Release date, 2010
“Warrior” – Solaris and Lionsgate, Release date 2010
“The Next Three Days” – Lionsgate and Highway 61 Productions, Release date 2011
One on one scene with Russell Crowe