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From I'll Learn To Fly
"joHn Kennedy writes and sings the best storytelling songs that I've heard since Harry Chapin",
Fan overhead at break during a recent show at the Box Factory for The Arts in Saint Jospeph, Michigan
joHn Kennedy is a storyteller who sings, and a singer who tells stories. Every evening with his music is a new creation: sometimes hilarious, often deeply moving. Singing with a unique rich voice, his songs honor the past, give meaning to the work that we do, and hope for the future. At his solo shows you'll hear: The Great Kankakee, a song about what was once one of the continents great rivers, America's greatest wetland, a place within an hours drive of South Bend, Indiana, joHn's home; Patrick Coyle, the saga of joHn's Donegal Ireland born grandfather. You'll sing-along to I Want to Ride on a Sailing Ship, a children's song from joHn's first solo CD, a 1996 release chosen by WVPE's backporch as one of the top ten folk releases of that year.
joHn is a songwriter, award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, promoter, and the leader Kennedy's Kitchen, a South Bend based group dedicated to playing Irish music. He helped to form and lead the traditional Irish band Seamaisin in 1990 and co-produced two recordings with that group (Joseph Harvey's Fiddle was Left in the Rain,and Seamaisin: Live at The Tin Shop). Seamaisin also produced and scored music for the sound track of the short-film, Araby, an adaptation of James Joyce's short story of the same name. Araby was nominated for an Academy Award in the Student Narrative Film category.
joHn is the 2004 All-Ireland Fleadh Silver
Medalist in Accompaniment, competing on guitar. He is also took
gold in Midwest Fleadh in Ballad Singing (English Language) in the 2004 and 2005. joHn is
the 2003 Midwest Fleadh Gold Medalist in Accompaniment.
joHn has appeared on stage with the great
concertian player John Williams and with Mick Maloney.
With Kennedy's Kitchen he opened for SOLAS, The Celtic
Fiddle Festival, and Natalie McMaster. Together with
the Kitchen he appeared on stage with the Chieftains for the
encore at the 2005 concert at the University of Notre Dame. In
2006 he shared equal billing with Tommy Makem as part of Kennedy's
Kitchen at the DeBartollo Performing Arts Center at the University of
joHn's solo CD I'll Learn To Fly,
chosen by WVPE FM 88.1's The Back Porch program as one of the
ten folk releases of 1998. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer
(Chile 79-81) and has a PhD in Economics from the University of Notre
Dame. He served on the faculty of Notre Dame from 1991 until
2001. He is now a full-time musician.
Shows with Kennedy's Kitchen:
joHn and Joel Cooper at SMC concert 2002
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