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It happened again last week during an interview in the dining room of Ottawa’s Tangled Roots Brewing Company. Stacey Ryan saw McGrath — the musician, with her short, very blond hair, is hard to miss — and offered a few hugs.
“It’s musically genius. Her beauty astounds me. I’m not just saying that,” Ryan, of Ottawa, said of McGrath.
A Joliet native, McGrath has lived in Ottawa for about two years, lately near Skydive Chicago. The experienced skydiver is taking another plunge — one she calls “Fiddlerock!”
“It’s stuff people love,” she said, playing her fiddle (violin and fiddle are the same instrument) along with backing tracks or live vocals to songs by Adele, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and other pop and rock ’n’ roll tunes.
McGrath even plays a version of the classic rock warhorse “Freebird,” released nearly 50 years ago by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
“It’s got guitar in it and I play violin in it. I love songs that have just lasted,” she said.