Bap's anniversary today & the Love Hurts EP - Thank you!
I had a feeling early on about Love Hurts, that it was going to be no ordinary EP! It's been quite a journey putting it together and getting it out there, but I'm really glad now that I did it.
Bap’s music will never die, and it will always speak for itself. But the Love Hurts EP has allowed me to share more about the man behind the music, and that's been a joy and a privilege.
For me it’s lovely to stay in touch with people from all round the world who have appreciated and supported Bap’s music over the years. So many have talked about how moved and enlightened they have been by Love Hurts - especially by the spoken tracks.
And of course the EP is doing a great job in raising funds for Marie Curie!
I'd like to say a big thanks to every single person who has got involved with Love Hurts - either by helping to get the word out, ordering the EP, donating to Marie Curie, or helping in any way at all.
And don't forget you can still donate to Marie Curie. Every donation however small is appreciated.
Thanks for remembering Bap & his music - Keep on listening & sharing the magic!
Many thanks to Robin Elliott for his support with Love Hurts and for remembering Bap. It was lovely to see Robin today in his studio at NVTV and to have a good chat about Bap and the Love Hurts EP.
Broadcast details to follow.
Johnny Hero chats to Brenda Kennedy about her late husband Bap Kennedy and the Love Hurts EP which is raising funds for Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast
Many thanks to Noel Casey for remembering Bap on his show last night. Click here to listen again.
Many thanks to Gavin Glass at Radio Nova 100 in Dublin for playing Love Hurts this evening.
I’m looking forward to joining Johnny Hero later today on his show at Radio U105 when we’ll be chatting about Bap coming up to his anniversary (1 Nov) and the Love Hurts EP which is raising funds for Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.
Here’s the link to listen live (today at 3:30 pm)
And here’s the link to Listen Back
Thank you to the Irish News for this great article about the Love Hurts EP today. Hopefully everyone will have received their copy of Love Hurts before long.
Many people have emailed or posted to say they received their copy. Thank you for letting me know and for all the lovely comments.
I'm delighted that there's so much support for the Love Hurts EP - even though there's not much room on my floor at the moment!! I should have every order posted by tomorrow, so you can look out for your EP arriving at your door very soon.
Thanks everyone for all your orders and donations - for remembering Bap & his music, and for supporting Marie Curie - Northern Ireland
With two weeks to go until the release of the Love Hurts EP, I’m delighted to report that there is now over £2000 in for Marie Curie Hospice!
I’m looking forward to joining Ralph McLean on his show this evening on BBC Radio Ulster (8-10pm) when we will talk about the EP.
Many thanks to Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) for their support with the Love Hurts EP.
Many thanks to Ralph McLean for a great show last night - and for playing some great Bap songs!
I’m looking forward to chatting to Ralph on his show next Wednesday (17 Oct 2018)
Listen Again link
Thanks to Eve Blair for playing Love Hurts on her radio show last night.
You can hear the song on Listen Again (from 15m 30)
Brenda was interviewed this morning for the Sunday Sequence show on BBC Radio Ulster. The presenter was Audrey Carville.
Listen again (from 1h 23)
Today would have been Bap’s & my 10th wedding anniversary, and I wanted to come up with a special way to mark the date.
Recently among some studio archives I came across an old (2009) recording that I'd forgotten all about. It was Bap and me singing Love Hurts together. When I heard the song again after so long it brought back some very precious memories, so I’m putting out a Special Edition EP featuring Love Hurts.
This is my way of helping people remember Bap and his music - but the EP is about more than music. It’s also about who Bap really was, the man behind the music, both in his own words (spoken) and from my personal tribute.
Thanks everyone for your support.
In a poignant tribute to her late husband, to mark what would have been their 10th wedding anniversary next week, Belfast singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy's widow Brenda is to launch a previously unheard recording in aid of Marie Curie.
Heartbreakingly, the couple had planned to renew their wedding vows in Paris to mark their 10th wedding anniversary on October 1.Instead Brenda will announce details of the launch of a fundraising EP featuring a special recording by herself and Bap of their version of the hit song, Love Hurts. The EP will then be released on the second anniversary of Bap's death from cancer in the Marie Curie hospice on November 1.
Brenda and Bap's sister, Marian Bunton, are to jointly cover the costs of making this very special limited edition CD. The song will also be available to download. Every penny will go to Marie Curie who looked after both Bap and Brenda in the last two-and-a-half-months of his life.
Bap was on a concert tour when he took ill in May 2016.He was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pains and just a day later was told he had pancreatic and bowel cancer. He went through major surgery only to be told his cancer was terminal.
He was admitted to Marie Curie Hospice where he and Brenda shared a room together for the last two months of his life. Brenda was by his side when he passed away on November 1.
It has been a tough two years for her without her soul-mate and she has spent much of the past year shut off from the world to try and make sense of her loss.
This weekend she should have been packing a suitcase and looking forward to marking her anniversary with a romantic trip to Paris. However, she believes the EP is a fitting way to remember Bap and what should have been a special time for him.
She says: "Bap had plans for our anniversary. Some years ago we went to Paris. We had great memories of that trip and he always said we would go back for our 10th wedding anniversary and renew our vows.
"The first year after he died I was very busy and in the past year I have come offline completely as I just felt I needed to be alone to grieve.
"I remember Bap talking about the healing power of music and I couldn't lift my bass guitar because I played it with Bap, so I lifted his guitar and it made me feel closer to him and has helped me to heal.
"We both loved to write songs and in the summer I came across a recording we did in 2009 of Love Hurts which I had forgotten about.
"At first it knocked me right back emotionally as it caught me completely off guard but then I thought of how we loved singing together and all the happy memories.
"I asked myself 'What would Bap want me to do it?' and I thought he would want me to get that song out there.
"It just grew from there and the more I thought about it, the more sense it made and it has made me feel really close to Bap.
"I always feel that he is with me anyway but I thought it would be good to announce it on October 1 to celebrate our anniversary and then launch it on November 1 on the second anniversary of his death."
Brenda plans to issue just 500 copies of the EP which will feature other songs yet to be confirmed.
Bap's sister Marian, who has raised funds for Marie Curie in his memory, has come on board to help cover costs so that the charity will benefit from every penny received from sales.
Brenda adds: "Marie Curie was fantastic. I could never forget what they did for me and Bap. We lived in the Hospice for the last two and a half months of his life and they were like family, they just couldn't have been kinder and I could never thank them enough."
Read at Belfast Telegraph
Brian Bell was interviewed this week about on the BBC Arts Show about RAVING FOR BAP, the new Bap tribute EP.
All profits will go to Marie Curie.
Listen again from 16:45
Listen to the inspiring story of Bap's sister Marian Bunton and her “dry year” to raise funds for Marie Curie.
Marian's interview with Vinny Hurrell will be transmitted on the show tonight some time between 10 and 11
Click here to listen live.
Click here if you'd like to donate to Marie Curie via Marian’s challenge.
The recent Bap special on BBC Radio Ulster is available on the BBC iPlayer for another 6 days.
The 2 hour programme is devoted entirely to Bap Kennedy & his music.
Click here to listen
Ralph McLean featured RAVING FOR BAP on his show on BBC Radio Ulster last night, including with an interview with Brian Bell.
The EP is already raising funds for Marie Curie, as is the “dry year” 2017 challenge by Bap’s sister Marian Bunton.
Listen Again is available till 22 Dec 2017 (From 5 min 20)
To pre-order 10” vinyl
To donate (via Raving For Bap)
To donate (via Marian’s challenge)