After a string of great shows across the States this Summer, Nuala Kennedy Band will be taking a hiatus while a wee addition to the family arrives in November! We had a lot of fun especially festival-ling outside at Culver City Hall, L.A., in Madison, Wisconsin with our pals Dervish and up in the Upper Peninsula of Sault Sainte Marie, MI where this post gig pic was snapped. Thanks especially to my traveling companion, Irish guitarist and singer Mnter O Leary for a couple of wild swims and duo concerts out on the East Coast of the U.S. - a heads up for ye folks here that we are working on a duo album for release in 2018. Looking forward to that very much. Here's a video of The Night Visiting Song which will be on there:
A couple of concert coming up in the L.A. area are at the beautiful Largo venue with @WatkinsFamilyHour, Weds 7th September and with film score piper extraordinaire Eric Rigler in San Pedro, Sunday 11th September - please see TOUR for deets!
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
What dark changes are happening in the world. In a time of great upheaval and sadness at the result of the Brexit vote, and the recent outbursts of xenophobic and homophobic hatred, I am put in mind of the quote above from American musician Leonard Bernstein written in response to the murder of J.F.K.
To follow our passion more devotedly than ever before.... There is great solace in music and the arts, great comfort in creating things of beauty, comfort in the time we spend working creatively both together and alone. It is a place to seek refuge when the world can be overwhelming, a place where we can respond and reply with grace to questions which are often beyond our individual control. Particularly with traditional music, what a joy to have this rich heritage to dig into, to seek out old pieces, to contribute new ones.... to pass on our interpretation of and love of the tradition to our friends and students. For me it's a Summer filled with quite a few music camps: Acadia Trad School, ME, The Swannanoa Gathering, Music Arts and Dance week in D.C. and Augusta Heritage Week in West Virginia.
Nuala Kennedy Band will hit the road again in August. See TOUR page for details! Here we all are playing two jigs and a reel in studio:
Nuala will be teaching at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina again this year July 10-17. A fun picture from last year's Gathering!
Nuala's new recording 'Behave the Bravest' is out now! Order your copy here!!
Nuala appears on 'Beg and Borrow' the latest Battlefield Band recording, highlighting the connection between Ireland and Scotland, which is available here: www.templerecords.co.uk/beg The record features a host of special guests including Christine Primrose, Leo McCann, Don Meade and Tony Demarco!