This tour will visit Counties Donegal, Mayo and Clare.

Tour price:

$2,700 per person sharing.

$3,200 single occupancy (limited availability).

Note:

This is primarily a music tour in the company of Tim and Jackson Grimm, but we’ll be replacing some of our standard, leisurely daytime activities with something a bit more strenuous. Participation in this tour will, therefore, require a high level of fitness. The details will not be finalised until late 2019, but we’re aiming to include:

  • cycling – low-level, mostly flat, 40/80km, most likely on the Great Western Greenway
  • sea-kayaking – exploring the coastline, cliffs and islands off Achill Island
  • mountain walking in some of the many mountains in the west of Ireland – nothing higher than 1000 m. (3,400 ft.), no technical climbing, but will require that all participants bring with them strong hiking boots with good ankle support, thermal layers and a good quality waterproof outer layer. We expect that these walks will involve being in the mountains with no access to services or facilities for 8-10 hours, so participants will need to carry their own gear in suitable backpacks (25-litre recommended).
  • lower level walking – probably in the iconic Burren region of Co. Clare, and probably including a cliff walk along the Cliffs of Moher

Full details of activities and equipment will be provided when the itinerary has been finalised.

As for all of our standard tours, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance for this trip and you should also confirm that the type of activities you will be participating in on this tour are not excluded by your policy.

If you are not fit and in the habit of participating in strenuous activities, this tour is most likely not for you.

Tour Leader

Tim Grimm is a bit of a Rennaisance man in the performing arts world. He has for the past 15 years, blended his love for songwriting, travel, and the storytelling of acting (theatre, film and television).

His most recent recording- A STRANGER IN THIS TIME (2017), is a collaboration with his wife, Jan,and sons Connor and Jackson– the “Family Band”. In the Fall of 2016 this same group recorded the single- WOODY’S LANDLORD– which was the #1 song on Folk Radio for the year. Tim’s previous recording, THE TURNING POINT, produced the #1 song on Folk radio in 2014– KING OF THE FOLKSINGERS. It was a particularly gratifying honor, given the song is a tribute to Tim’s friend and musical icon, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Tim’s history with Ramblin’ Jack goes back 30 years– beginning with a bicycle ride that led to The Newport Folk Festival…. Tim contributing liner notes to Jack’s Grammy winning album, The South Coast (1995)… Jack’s recording Buffalo Skinners with Tim on Tim’s album, Coyote’s Dream (2003)….and now, most recently KING OF THE FOLKSINGERS.

http://acousticmusicscene.com/2015/01/05/top-albums-songs-artists-of-2014-folkdj-l/

After college (Earlham), Grimm pursed an MFA in Theatre at The University of Michigan and from there worked in Regional Theatre, settling in Chicago. In Chicago, in addition to his theatre work, he studied briefly at the Old Town School of Folk Music and began writing songs and performing. He put together a band, Tim Grimm and The True Hearts and released 2 cds–True Heart, Kind Mind and Broken Down Palace. At which point, “Hollywood called”, and Tim put down his guitar and pen, and didn’t really pick them up for close to 10 years.

After several years (1990s) working in Los Angeles (where he co-starred for 2 seasons on the NBC drama Reasonable Doubts, worked on Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford,  and appeared in several films and tv projects), Tim returned home to Indiana.  He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success’.  He now lives with his wife on  80 acres close to where he grew up. Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.  He released the album, HEART LAND in 2000, and on the strength of that recording, was named 2000’s “BEST DISCOVERY in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times. His albums COYOTES DREAM and NAMES, led to his being named “2004 MALE ARTIST of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs.

He has released 10 solo albums since 2000 (including the newest- THE TURNING POINT), and 2 collaborations- AMBER WAVES (with Jason Wilber) and WILDERNESS PLOTS.

In 2005, Grimm was asked to compose music and act in a production of THE GRAPES OF WRATH at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage in New York. His song from the play–THE PEOPLES HIGHWAY, made it onto his next album, THE BACK FIELDS, which was subsequently named Americana Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards– the world’s largest independent music awards.

In 2007, Grimm put together a concept cd with several of the Midwest’s finest songwriter’s— Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White. The recording, Wilderness Plots, was drawn from the short stories of noted author, Scott Russell Sanders, and explored the settling of the American Wilderness in the Ohio River Valley Region between The Revolutionary War and The Civil War. Two PBS programs have explored Wilderness Plots– the first, a documentary on the story and song, and the second a full Wilderness Plots- In Concert (2012). Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, IN, both productions were nominated for EMMY AWARDS. Tim continued to write songs based on Sander’s writings and released the album, WILDERNESS SONGS AND BAD MAN BALLADS in 2011. Looking ahead to the Spring of 2018, the original cast of Wilderness Plots will reunite for a select few shows, and again be filmed by WTIU for PBS.

Tim has worked with Inishfree Tours for the past several years, bringing Americans (and Dutch and Germans !) to the Emerald Isle for 9 days and nights of music, and day trips exploring 3 select Counties. Guests who have travelled with Tim encouraged him to lead groups elsewhere, and this has led to the annual- Turning Point Tour of The Netherlands, and a Heart Land Tour of Scotland. Tim continues to be active in Regional Theatre as well– most recently in the Bicentennial production for this home state- FINDING HOME: Indiana at 200, for which he wrote an album’s worth of music, and appeared for 6 weeks onstage — as actor and with the Family Band.

For a list of all available albums (at this time) please visit:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TimGrimm

 

Jackson is Tim’s son and will co-lead this tour. A fine musician in his own right, Jackson’s background is in outdoor leadership, adventure camping and climbing.

Other Northern Tour Dates

Chuck Brodsky

NORTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 08 - Jul 18 2019

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Willy Porter

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 30 - Aug 08 2019

Willy Porter

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 07 - Aug 16 2019

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Kate Campbell

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 20 - Aug 29 2019

Kate Campbell

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Johnsmith

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Sep 25 - Oct 04 2019

Johnsmith

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Kitty Donohoe

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Oct 10 - Oct 19 2019

Kitty Donohoe

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Apr 25 - May 05 2020

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

David Francey

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Apr 29 - May 08 2020

David Francey

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Cathy Jordan

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

May 11 - May 20 2020

Cathy Jordan

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Kate Campbell

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 21 - Jul 30 2020

Kate Campbell

NORTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Tim & Jackson Grimm Activity Tour

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 04 - Aug 13 2020

Tim & Jackson Grimm Activity Tour

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Harmonious Wail

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 07 - Aug 16 2020

Harmonious Wail

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Willy Porter

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 16 - Aug 25 2020

Willy Porter

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Joe Jencks

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 20 - Aug 29 2020

Joe Jencks

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

James Keelaghan / Hugh McMillan

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 28 - Sep 06 2020

James Keelaghan / Hugh McMillan

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Victor Johnson

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Oct 03 - Oct 12 2020

Victor Johnson

NORTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.