B i o g r a p h y
DR9, from East Haddam CT, writes upbeat pop/folk music with tight male/female vocal harmony as the cornerstone. Their debut album, Matter of Time, released in 2021 showcases a Celtic twist, featuring professional Irish musicians as well as a Nashville-based sax and whistle player. Currently they frequent venues in the Connecticut River Valley area: local festivals, fairs, private events, and pubs since 2017, often sporting a fiddler to add to their coveted Irish flare. DR9 brings a catchy and folky feel to any show, fronting couple, Rebecca Gripp and Barry O'Doherty - soon to become The O'Doherty's this October (2023) with Jim David on drums. The songwriting of the local musical powerhouse demonstrates diverse guitar techniques, a broad vocal range and compelling lyrics, sprinkled with tasteful leads and unique rhythm. They not only have their musicianship down to a science, but have cultivated quite an attractive performance.