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Tara O’Grady performing with the Black Velvet Band. PHOTO BY DAN BROWN


Salon Diary / By Karen Daly

IAWA joined charismatic singer Tara O’Grady to celebrate the release of her new book, “Migrating toward Happiness: The Soundtrack to My Spiritual Awakening,” at Tara’s Tuesday night gig at Winnie’s Jazz Bar in the stylish Refinery Hotel on West 38th Street.

Tara’s memoir recounts her road trip drove cross-country in a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, following the route of her Irish-born grandmother

and the events that inspired it, the people who inspired and encouraged her along the way. The trip was also a path to Tara’s spiritual awakening. To purchase it, go to her website.

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At Winnie’s, Tara and her band offered up a variety of music that included jazz, pop, rockabilly and swing plus an Irish tune or two, each with a connection to her book. Tara’s original composition, “Jumpsuit of Jewels,” is an homage to the 1957 Elvis and “I Love You with All My Blood,” based a quote from her young nephew. Recalling summer visits to Donegal, she sang “I’ll tell Me Ma” and from the American songbook, “Sentimental Journey” and “Stardust.”

The author with her father Thomas O’Grady at the mic. PHOTO BY DAN BROWN


Tara’s enthusiastic fans, friends and family members filled the house. She introduced friends who influenced her profoundly, a Tarot reader from Greenwich Village, and Dr. Christine, a psychologist/singer, who also duetted with Tara in “Dream A Little Dream.” Find Dr. Christine’s self-help book “Ignite the Genius Within” is available at Amazon.

Tara generously invited other performers and IAWA friends to the mic, notably singers Minee Dee and French-Canadian Myriam Phiro, who gave us

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