Who We Are

Kennedy's Kitchen has been making Irish music together since 1998, averaging about 80 shows per year playing everything from backyard parties and weddings to pubs, concert halls, and national festivals. From their home in South Bend, Indiana, they have travelled as far as New York and Naples, Florida, recording five CDs along the way (they are working on their sixth).

They are family and friends, gathering every Thursday evening for dinner, laughter, and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, recitations, stories, and songs.....adding their own compositions along the way. It's a mix of all things Irish from traditional to pub songs, from toe-tapping to deeply moving....and it's always fun.

The band is led by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player. It's Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart. Joining in is joHn's nephew Liam Ladewski, then Theresa Kubiak, Chris O'Brien, and Jacob Turner.

Liam, Theresa, and Jacob are award winners themselves having competed in the All-Ireland Fleadh on their respective instruments.

They play fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bodhran, and bass. They love to sing.

Photo by Bill Langdon

Photo by Bill Langdon

A few band highlights . . .   
Michigan Irish  Music Festival (Ten years and counting).  
Great American Irish Festival (2015 and 2016).  
LaCrosse Irish Festival (three years and counting).  
Oshkosh Irish Festival (four years and counting).  
Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center Irish Fest (Nine years and counting).   
Milwaukee Irish Fest (2012 and 2013).   
Peoria Erin Feis (Four years).   
Dayton Irish Fest (2004 and 2011).   
LVD's Concert Hall in Goshen Indiana (Nine shows) .  
The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks Michigan (Four shows and counting).
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - University of Notre Dame (Four shows and counting). 
Michelsen Hall - University of Wisconsin-Steven Point (2015).
Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield, Iowa (2012).
The Schauer Arts and Activities Center in Hartford, Wisconsin (2011).  
The Riveria Theater in Three Rivers, Michigan (2009).   
Norris Community Center in Naples, Florida (2009).
The Majestic Theater in Gettysburgh, PA (2008).   
The Ramsey Auditorium at Fermilab in Batavia, IL (2008).   
Muskifest in Bethlehem, PA (2008).   
The Kranert Center for the Arts at The University of Illinois (2005).   
Front Porch Music in Valparaiso, Indiana (Seven shows).   
Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend, Indiana over 250 shows (and still counting).   
Kate O'Connor's Pub in New Carlisle, Indiana Over 50 show.