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Nuala Kennedy

Ireland

Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy performs a range of material from across the Irish and Scottish traditional music repertoires. She also composes her own idiosyncratic brand of music and tours in a variety of lineups from duo and quartet to a nine-piece festival band.

Her debut solo album, The New Shoes released on Compass Records, was warmly received around the world. It was voted traditional album of the week by the Irish Times, and traditional highlight of 2008 by Hotpress. Amongst others, she has performed and recorded with American hipster and indie-poet Will Oldham (Domino Records 2008), an album which received 5 stars from MOJO magazine, and cutting-edge Canadian composer Oliver Schroer, with whom she recorded Enthralled, a duo album of entirely original compositions (Borealis 2010). Her second solo album, Tune In (March 2010), features guest appearances by some of these stars, as well as some of her long-time musical collaborators. It received a four-star review from the Irish Times, where it was described as “a picaresque adventure and a delight”.

Nuala grew up in Dundalk, playing traditional music in an award-winning local ceilidh band Ceoltoiri Oga Oghrialla. She also studied classical piano under Professor John O'Connor at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin. Recent collaborative projects included a Scottish tour with Voyage de Nuit, showcasing songs and compositions inspired by flamenco, jazz and traditional music and a tour of Ireland with Mislaid, with Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) and fiddler Caoimhin O’ Raghaillaigh. She plays annually with Nova Scotian Traditions, a traditional music, dance and song quartet with Cape Breton fiddler Kimberley Fraser and ECMA award-winning musicians Troy MacGillivray and Andrea Beaton. She is also part of the group Oirealla: the Music and Song of South-East Ulster, which features Irish music legends Gerry ‘fiddle’ O’Connor, accordionist Martin Quinn and Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot.

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