NPR Music calls Colin McGrath an “itinerant folk orchestrator,” saying “his folk songs are steeped in storytelling, with characters and images drawn from old Americana.” Fascinated by telling stories with lyrics and finding the right musical language to support them, his musical wanderings have led him to many countries, through many styles of music, to many different life experiences. He has worked as a Teaching Artist for over ten years with organizations such as The Lincoln Center Institute, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and The New York Philharmonic. As a songwriter, Mr. McGrath has won numerous awards, including first place in The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition, and The Wildflower Songwriting Competition in Richardson Texas, the prize for which was the Gallagher guitar that he now plays. His cross-disciplinary collaborations include composing and performing music for Madness and Joy, (BAM Outside Art Festival), serving as Musical Director for San Francisco-based sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster (SF Weekly: Best Comedy Group, 2009) and for NY-based TACT (The Actor’s Company Theater). He has received commissions to write chamber music for The Central Park Brass Quintet, The Bloomingdale’s School of Music, and has written music for The New York Philharmonic’s very own Teaching Artist Ensemble.