This is the first update I've posted on my own website since 1 April 2016 . So much can happen in a year.
There's a great team working hard to help Bap's posthumous album "Reckless Heart" get the kind of recognition it deserves. I want to do my bit as part of that team. And - as Bap kept telling me - I need to start picking up my own creativity as well.
For reviews to Reckless Heart click here.
PS We're hoping to get the vinyl out to people soon. Thank you for your patience.
Really looking forward to playing with Bap at Townhall Theatre, Westport on 7 May at the Acoustic Yard Festival in Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland
The festival runs from 6-8 May & Bap is headlining on Sat night (9pm)
Here's the ticket link https://goo.gl/dn4x8w
& here's a bit of info about the festival
'The Acoustic Yard' singer/songwriter sessions’ initially started up as a monthly event in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar in Westport in February 2014. The main focus was for singer/songwriters to have a platform to perform their own songs and for audiences to listen to original music in a relaxed environment. A key aim was to help to invigorate and stimulate songwriting and to supply an evening of entertainment.
Due to the success of this event, the idea of 'The Acoustic Yard Singer/Songwriters Festival' was born and developed into the festival which will take place from Friday 6th - Sunday 8th May 2016, primarily in The Town hall Theatre.
Brenda will be playing as part of Bap Kennedy's band at the Morbegno Auditorium in the beautiful Italian town of Morbegno.
Morbegno is situated in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, bordering Switzerland. It is in the Valtellina valley at the side of the Adda river.
Date 23 Jan 2016
(More to follow)
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BAP & BAND: DECEMBER GIG IN BELFAST
Brenda will be performing in the beautiful Duncairn Arts Centre on 4th December with Bap Kennedy as part of his band. She will be playing bass guitar & singing backing vocals.
This will be the only chance to catch Bap & band live in Belfast for the rest of the year & tickets are almost sold out already.
Tune in to dublincityfm.ie this Wednesday to hear Sean Brophy’s excellent radio show Midweek Music Miscellany.
This week Sean will include music from Bap Kennedy as well as from his wife Brenda Kennedy’s solo album (produced by Bap)
Tune in from 11:30am (Wed 30 Sep)
As the roadies cleared the stage there was a bit of a buzz going around; because this was the first time Northern Irish singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy had played Tyneside since Adam was a lad and it was apparent fans had come in vast numbers just to him.
Alongside friend and brilliant acoustic guitarist Gordon McCallister, Bap not only ‘stole the show’ with a set of songs from his last three albums; but all three went on to sell out at the merch desk.
I’ve travelled far and wide to see Kennedy’s occasional concerts; but todays may have been the best yet, with his voice never sounding finer with his banter between songs often hilarious. Plus; he had brought the World Famous Bap Kennedy Line-Dancing Troupe with him too – who expected dancing girls?
26 Jul 2015
Courtesy of Rocking Magpie
Brenda's album Banish The Blue Days has received a superlative review from Rocking Magpie
Listen to Banish The Blue Days on Soundcloud
Classy and Easy On The Ear Jazzy-Folk .
This album was first recorded and released in 2008 but subsequently becoming a part-time band member and full-time wife of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy, it has lain dormant ever since; which is a damn shame.
Brenda Kennedy is an accomplished bass player in her husband’s band and also a purveyor of exquisite harmonies on his recordings; I had no idea she had actually recorded an album of her own.
The album opens with some swish Gypsy Jazz fiddle and guitar before Brenda comes in with a sweet, easy going ‘dinner Jazz’ vocal style; reminiscent of Julie London and later there are a few trumpet breaks that come straight out of the Chet Baker play book. Banish The Blue Days is actually quite a deep song played out to a lovely melody; which took me by surprise when I dug a little deeper under the surface than usual.
Even on the first play I had a lump in my throat listening to Angel of My Heart. A mother singing to her child as Rod McVey gently plays a piano; is heart rendering especially as the lyrics err on the side of the child ‘not being perfect’ to others; but a Mother’s love knows no boundaries.
Brenda’s Irish-Folk Roots show on the Celtic Love song, Macushla. Images of mist swept valleys, ice cold rivers and a maiden being swept off her feet by a returning lover are conjured up as the singer’s voice sounds like a pearl wrapped in velvet.
Her voice sounds close to breaking on Drink to Me Only and I’m sure the sad story will touch the hearts of many who listen.
Never an album you can dance to; Brenda somehow manages to keep her saddest songs for the tail end; with I’m Sorry being not just a heartbreaker but a tale of making a heart actually crumble at the end of a once loving relationship.
Then the pace slightly picks up, as a maudlin accordion and brushed drums accompany Brenda on the lovely finale Moonshine on the Lake, with its echoes of Cara Dillon and Thea Gilmore.
While all of the songs have their Roots in Folk Music; this is far from being a Folk album. It manages to straddle several genres including light-Jazz and even a smidgen of Country music here and there, but it’s always a singer-songwriter telling stories; and I heartily recommend this album to anyone with a heart.
Banish The Blue Days
Lonely Street Discs