December Up-dates

New Year Eve Celebrations

Brian will perform for one hour at part of Dublin's New Year Eve Celebrations. He is due to come on stage at 4.30pm, but please check local press for any changes.

Tune into 2FM on the 97.0 frequency as Brian features on the Mike Mallony Show on Monday 20th December. The show repeats again on the 6th January 2000.
A further up-date - The above show was recorded on 8th December. Brian did 5 tracks with Pat Gribben on Guitar and Patrick Fitzpatrick on Keyboard. To listen to the programme on-line go to http://www.rte.ie/radio/twofm.html

Brian will be a guest on "Awash with Colour", a programme that he recorded a few months again, but is now due for broadcast on Thursday 16th Dec on BBC2 (Ireland) from 8 - 8.30 p.m.

As well as his Brian headlining the evenings open air concert in Belfast on the 31st December, it has now been confirmed that he will be in Dublin in the afternoon for the start of the musical festivities there. The New Year's Eve Music Extravaganza will take place in Merrion Square, Dublin. Part 1 will run from 2.30pm - 6.00pm and this is how the line up looks so far - Brian Kennedy, Donal Lunny Band, Sharon Shannon & Guests, Last Light Ceremony, Donal Lunny & Carlos Nunez, Rebecca Storm, The Original Irish Tenors, Hallelujah Choir, Kilfenora Ceili Band

Some web links are:

Open House

The Open House show on Friday 10th December consisted of Brian performing 2 songs - "Playing With My Heart", accompanied by Pat Gribben early in the show, and then at the end "Mother In Me" performed solo, followed by a chat on the sofa with the presenters Mary Kennedy & Marty Whelan. The show will repeat again on RTE this Monday from 7.10-8.30am

Some BK TV appearances to watch out for over Christmas -

* Saturday, 25th December - "Westlife at the HQ" on RTE1 from
6.55 - 7. 30 p.m. Brian will be a special guest.

* Wednesday, 29th December - "Childline Concert" on Net2 from
6.05 - 8 p.m.

* Friday, 31st December - "Millennium Eve - Celebrate 2000" on
RTE1 from 7.20 - 9 p.m.

Charity News
Brian took some time out of his touring schedule to open the new Barnardos Charity shop in Limerick, Ireland on Tuesday 14th December.

'Playin with My Heart' will be released in Ireland on December 6th
The B sides are:
1. I'll Never Let You Down (Brian Kennedy/Danny Schogger)
2. Don't Go Home ( Brian Kennedy/Calum MacColl) (CD Only)
3. Glass and Diamonds (Brian Kennedy/Calum MacColl/Boo Hewerdine) (CD Only)

TV Shows

Brian will soon be appearing on the following tv shows, here are two links to keep you up-to-date:
Open House: http://www.rte.ie/tv/openhouse/index.html
The Den: http://www.rte.ie/tv/den2/thurspm.html

'Healing Angel' features Roma Downey
The beautiful star of CBS television's Touched by an Angel, who lends her angelic voice to the Celtic texts that lends inspiration to this spiritually-lifting recording. Healing Angel delivers a sense of well-being through the universal themes of family, love and loss.
Brian along with other guest vocalist Aoife Ni Fhearraigh perform compositions by composer/musician Phil Coulter. Brian's backing vocals can be found on track 3 - In Perfect Harmony

Phil Callery - 'From The Edge of Memory'
Phil Callery's voice has great resonance and emotional range, but it also exercises control, it exudes tact, seriousness, and integrity. His style of singing plays with ideas of suggestiveness and simplicity, letting nuanced melancholy of the lines and the tragic inevitability of the stories speak for themselves, using arrangements which are imaginative and unobtrusive and subtly haunting. Brian guests on the first track - The Bonny Blue Eyed Lassie

Brian agreed to do a phone interview with Radio Kilkenny & Wired FM, no broadcast dates have been given, so stay tuned.


More TV & Radio Shows to watch out for

Brian will be busy on Monday 29th Nov, here is what his diary looks like:
11am - Radio Shankhill
3.30pm - Radio Ulster - Live interview on the George Jones show
(Liz Kennedy is the stand in this week)
Interview with the Sunday Life newspaper
Plus he is recording a tv show at UTV

Thursday 9th December - Recording for the programme 'The Den'
Friday 10th December - Recording for the programme 'Open House'

New TV Appearances
Fish - A tv pop programme which Brian will record on Friday 26th, for future broadcast on the RTE channel.
Brian recorded 3 tracks in a tv studio in Dublin as part of a big TV Millennium Gig which will also features The Corrs.
Broadcast dates for the above shows coming soon.

Playin With My Heart'PLAYIN' WITH MY HEART'
Will be the next single from the album 'Now That I Know What I Want'. The release date of December 6th has now been confirmed

Brian will switch on the Christmas tree lights in Omagh at approx 9pm.

Our Model Stars


An up-date on The Celebration of Fashion Evening, Dublin - 10th Nov '99
found in The Irish Mirror - Thursday November 11th '99

Top names in showbiz took to the catwalk last night to raise funds for Childline. The show was hosted by Boyzone's Keith Duffy and fashions from top designers Miriam Mone, Marc O'Neill and Lorcan Mullally were modelled by the Mick Lally agency. Boy band Westlife performed at the charity gig along with old stagers The Chieftains. Brian Kennedy strutted his stuff on the catwalk, as did boxer Steve Collins, ex-world snooker champ Ken Doherty and comedian Brendan O'Carroll.

Pop heart-throb Jim Corr pulled out at the last minute, although his girlfriend former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche did take part. The extravaganza - the Boru Vodka Celebration of Irish Fashion - took place at the Olympia Theatre.

Will be the next single from the album 'Now That I Know What I Want' and has a provisional release date of Friday 26th November December 6th.

Brian has co-written two songs with Michael Ball and they can be found on the following CDs:

The Very Best Of Michael Ball In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall -
Track Title -'Someone Else's Dream'
Michael Ball, Christmas -
Track Title -'Light A Candle'.

Brian also features on the Christmas album and duets with Michael on Silent Night. Click to read two short interviews from Michael, who chats about Brian and their collaboration together.

The diary has a full listing of the venues and their phone numbers. Some more dates are still to be confirmed and will be added very shortly. Most tickets are now on sale -Ticket agency phone numbers are Ticketmaster, Dublin on (003531) 4569569 & Ticketline, Belfast on (01232) 313131

The 31st December has now been confirmed and Brian will launch Belfast into the new Millennium by performing live at the City Hall New Year's Eve Concert. He is headlining the evenings free millennium bash on the main stage at the front of the City Hall, as part of the live concert to mark the historic night. Brian and the band are due on stage at 10.30pm through to midnight and afterwards he will go inside the Hall to perform a 30 minute solo set for PHAB - physically handicapped and able-bodied people.

A Celebration of Fashion
Brian will be modelling some of Louis Copeland's creations all in aid of the charity 'Childline' at the Olympia Theatre on Wednesday 10th November. Doors open 7.30pm - Tele (003531) 4782153

Brian is due to sing 'These Days' with Ronan Keating at this 'Westlife' concert, which is due for broadcast on RTE on Christmas Day.

Will be broadcast on Saturday 6th November on RTE1 at 9.20pm-10.30pm and repeated again on Monday 8th November - 4.15am on RTE 1
For more information go to http://www.rte.ie/tv/saturdaylive/presenter.html#item1

A review from the Irish Independent, Monday 25th October by Niamh Hooper

Reliving the 60s – with a little help from George

Teenagers of the 60s flocked to a night of nostalgia with the fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin, in Dublin last night. For the first of three nights, the man who signed the Fab Four to EMI in 1962 and produced every recording until they disbanded in 1970, played to a packed National Concert Hall.
The show started with one of the best offerings of the night – She’s Leaving Home sung by Irish songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy. The film scores of the James Bond film Live and Let Die, and Yellow Submarine suited the 70-piece orchestra presentation.
But it was the moments when Sir George took to the piano and played Paul McCartney’s and his favourite tune Here, There and Everywhere and In My Life that were treasured by the audience who had paid up to £55 to see him including the younger fans. Popular favourites from John, Paul, George and Ringo such as Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Here Comes the Sun, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
But Brian Kennedy stood out among the featured guests including Liam O’Maonlai of the Hothouse Flowers and Leslie Dowdall, for not being in awe of the music and the company they shared. He sang The Long and Winding Road and Carry That Weight with real feeling. George also got a little bit of help from his friends on backing vocals.

Tickets are now on sale!!, see below for full details.


September 1999 - Copyright - Priory Studios, Dublin

BK at Barrettstown

BK & The Corrs

BK at Barrettstown

A new chat and music show with a different presenter every week will shortly be going out on the Irish RTE 1 channel at 9.20pm-10.30pm. Brian will be hosting the show on Saturday 6th November. He should also be performing with the band and his guests for the evening will be Anna Friel and others.


Past, present and future, Glasgow
A date for Scotland!! - Brian has been confirmed to play at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday January 23rd 2000 at Celtic Connections, a festival which in only six years, has established itself on the international festival circuit. It takes place throughout the city of Glasgow from Tuesday 11th until Sunday 30th 2000, and last year over 65,000 people attended at least one event.

Confirmed artists to date for Celtic Connections 2000 include Arlo Guthrie, Kathy Mattea, Carlos Nunez, La Bottine Souriante, Anuna, Phil Cunningham, Brian Kennedy, Alasdair Fraser and Skyedance, Donal Lunny and Horse Macdonald with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. And welcomes back performers including Dick Gaughan, Wolfstone, Dougie MacLean and Sileas (Patsy Seddon and Mary McMaster) who all appeared on the opening night of the first Festival; highlights performances from the best names in Celtic music and literature (including RunRig and Seamus Heaney with Liam O'Flynn) and showcases new performers on Danny Kyle's Open Stage. Artists who will be appearing in this Festival, who also appeared in the first include Altan, Dolores Keane, Frances Black, The Iron Horse, Old Blind Dogs, The Poozies, Sharon Shannon, Martyn Bennett and Aly Bain. String Sisters will bring together six of the world's best female fiddle players for the first time, including Catriona Macdonald, Annjorg Lien, Natalie MacMaster, Winnie Horan, Eileen Ivers and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh from Altan - with a full backing band.

For further information call the Hotline on 0141 353 4137, or visit their website at http://www.grch.com Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office of the Royal Concert Hall in person or through the Ticket Centre on 0141 287 5511 (subject to service charge)

'Now That I Know What I Want' enters the Irish charts at Number 1

- click to view track details.


Sunday 10th October
Brian joined a host of other celebrities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Flately and The Corrs at this exclusive invite-only show at Dublin's H.Q. The evening was an inaugural 'Witness' (Guiness) show at the Hot Press Hall of Fame for David Bowie.

Brian at Bowie

Brian, Liam O Maonlai and Jim Corr at Bowie

Photos by Kyran O'Brien from Dublin's Evening Herald, 11th Oct

Ian Dempsey's Requests

Below are 10 phoned in listeners questions which were literally fired at Brian during his recent radio interview with Ian Dempsey

I.D. -Where will you be on New Years Eve?
B.K.- Belfast
Shorter hair - any regrets?
Pat Kenny as the new Late Late Host - how's he doin'?
He's doing very well
Best song of the century?
Oh Oh God that's a good one, emmmmm, 'I can't make you love me'
Did you have a nick name as a child?
Oh my God, loads of them, loads and loads of them and they were all disgusting!
What's the most money you've ever spent on a shirt?
Is there anybody who has been crossed of your Christmas Card list for 1999?
What did you make of Star Wars Phantom Menace?
I never saw it
What makes you laugh?
How many Brian Kennedy's does it take to change a light bulb?
Brian laughs) I just get my manager to do it!!

Full details are in the diary, but here is what's coming up soon:
Today FM - Live interview
Pat Kenny Radio Show - Live interview and performance
FM 104 - Live interview and performance

Brian will also be recording interviews (see diary) for
'At Last TV' - a magazine show for TV2
The Mike Mallony Saturday Radio Show



On Saturday 9th October
As part of the promotion for his eagerly awaited new album "Now That I Know What I Want', Brian will be at Caroline's Music, Lisburn at approx. 10.30am for the first of two signings that day. Then it's over to the Virgin Megastore, CastleCourt, Royal Avenue for another session and live set at around 12ish.

Brian will be dropping into the radio station to join Ronan Kelly as part of his Breakfast Show on Friday 8th October.

Brian is now confirmed to play The Waterfront Hall, Belfast on the 28th November
Tickets are now on sale - priced £18.50, £17.50 & £15.50 and can be purchased from the box office on 01232 334455. For information on the venue contact 01232 334400

Sunday 19th: Now That I Know What I Want, A Better Man, Playing With My Heart, Town, For One Kiss, Mountain Road, Lost, These Days, Captured, Different God, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Put The Message In The Box, Life Love & Happiness. Encore: I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You (with Juliet Turner), Carrickfergus & Instinct.
Support By Juliet Turner
Sunday 19th: Now That I Know What I Want, A Better Man, Playing With My Heart, Town, For One Kiss, Mountain Road, Lost, These Days, Captured, Different God, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Put The Message In The Box, Life Love & Happiness. Encore: I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You (with Juliet Turner), Carrickfergus & Instinct.
Support By Juliet Turner

Monday 20th: Now That I Know What I Want, A Better Man, Playing With My Heart, Town, For One Kiss, Mountain Road, Lost, These Days, Captured, Different God, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Put The Message In The Box, Life Love & Happiness. Encore: I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You (with Juliet Turner), Carrickfergus, Crazy Love/I Have I Told You Lately & Instinct
Support By Juliet Turner

Now That We Know What You Want
We are proud to be able to announce the exclusive news of the track listing below from the forthcoming album Now That I know What I Want, which is due out on 8th October....

These Days
Playin' With My Heart
Can I Call You Home
Back In Your Arms
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Different God
Now That I Know What I Want
Right Love Wrong Time
Mother In Me
Captured (1999 Version)
One I Love


BK new press shot

BK & Ronan

THE POINT, DUBLIN - Tuesday November 23rd
This show has just been announced and tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster. To purchase tickets and for more details phone 003531 4569569.

Please note that the last two nights at Vicar Street have now been cancelled and replaced with the above night.

Expo Ireland Set List:
The One I Love, A Better Man, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Eist A Stor, Captured/Wild Mountain Thyme, Crazy Love, Town, Playing With My Heart, Goin' Back, I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You, Carrickfergus.
Go to the Fan Page for a detailed review by Tia

The film which Brian makes a cameo appearance in will be shown on the Sky Premier Channel on Sunday 5th September at 12.30am and repeated on Monday 13th September in the evening at 2.20am.
More details on the film can be found below in the February section and on the fan page.

17th September - The Late Late Show - RTE 1- 9.30-11.20pm
8th October - The Kelly Show 17th September - The Late Late Show - RTE 1- 9.30-11.20pm
8th October - The Kelly Show - UTV - 9.30-11,00pm
On both shows Brian will appear with his band and on The Late Late Show Ronan Keating will join him.

The Sun & The Star in Ireland have both held interviews with Brian, so watch out for the up-coming articles which should be out soon.

Sir George, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, signed the Beatles to EMI in 1962 and produced every recording until the group disbanded in 1970, will appear with his 70 piece orchestra, band and star singers to present An Evening of Beatles Classics. He has invited Brian to appear at 3 of his Dublin shows of which Brian is scheduled to do one song each night.
Ticket prices are £25 £45 £55 - Ring the Box Office on 003531 4751572


It's here and it's official - the title of the long awaited album from Brian, which is due for release in Ireland on the 8th October..


These Days single (signed)

The new single, a duet with Ronan Keating is to be released in Ireland on the 10th September.


Expo Ireland has been conceived as a truly unique event which will present the very best of modern Ireland as it enters the new millennium. Brian Kennedy, Van Morrison, B*Witched & The Saw Doctors will all be performing live at this celebration of all things Irish, the biggest exhibition of its kind to come to Britain. Brian has been confirmed to appear on the Sunday at 1.45pm. This unique blend of attractions covers the Irish fashion which has made a global impact in recent years and top international designers will be putting on some amazing fashion shows. From the fairy tale waves of Lainey Keogh, the dramatic tailoring of John Rocha, the hand painted fabrics of Ciaran Sweeney and the Cinderella styles of Brid Nihill, the shows will create a stunning visual spectacle. The incredible energy of modern Irish dance is another of Ireland's great entertainment exports and it won't be missing from Expo Ireland. Jean Butler and Colin Dunne will also be making a personal appearance as part of the magnificent programme over the weekend.

Daily Adult tickets cost £10 plus a 90p fee per booking. Exhibition hours are Sat: 11am - 9pm & Sun: 10am - 8pm. Daily or weekend tickets are available from the ticket hotline number - 0870 900 0275 or can be booked online at www.box-office.co.uk. For more details on Expo Ireland go to their website at www.expo-ireland.co.uk

Tickets for the first 2 nights are now on sale, see below for details

This is an outdoor event, tickets are free and Brian will appear on the Main Stage at 4.00pm for more information visit: http://www.roseoftralee.ie/whatson/whats.htm

Set List was as follows:
Now that I know what I want, A Better Man, Playing with my heart, Town, For one kiss, By the mountain road, Lost, These days, Captured/First time ever I saw your face, Different God, Put the message in the box, Life, love & happiness, Carrickfergus & Instinct

Now That I Know What I Want, A Better Man, Playing With My Heart, For One Kiss, Lost, These Days, Captured / First Time I Saw Your Face, Different God, Put The Message In The Box, Life Love & Happiness. Encore - Instinct.

( Up-dated 14/8/99)
Brian & his band will do 2 nights - the 19th & 20th September in Dublin's Vicar Street venue. Sunday night will be an acoustic set, the other with full band. Tickets can be purchased through Vicar Street/Ticketmaster on 003531 4569569. They are priced at £17 (inclusive of a £2 booking fee) Doors open at 8.00pm

Photographer Perry Ogden kept Brian smiling on Friday (30th July) during his photo shoot, which was on location in Ireland. Then on Sunday, Ronan joined Brian for a further photo shoot, this time in a studio in London, for new promotional material for 'These Days'. The report back is, that all went very well.


Following on from the fantastic news about Sony, Brian wanted to say a personal thank you for all your support, and to tell you in his own words, the up-to-date news about the forthcoming single & album.

Tuesday, July 20th '99

Dear BK Surfers,

I just want to say thanks for spreading the word via Jane and Lynn's fantastic website. I'm really touched by all the support and suggestions over this last while. I think it's true that the only constant thing is change and the last couple of years have certainly been full of that. The most exciting so far is the news that my new album will be coming out before Christmas on the Sony Ireland label. I'm just starting to think about photos for the single cover due in September and then the album. Those of you who were at the fleadh may have noticed me duetting the said single with Mr Ronan Keating and I was very pleased with the reception, even though the sound on stage was a nightmare.......oh we're such troopers.

I also was fortunate enough to sing a few things with Eddi Reader on the other stage as part of my main set. One of these days we must really do an album and a tour together instead of just warbling harmonies in the back of each others' albums....Send her loads of luck on her website will youse and mention this to her.

At this point I feel like I've made about 4 albums since the last one.......we stopped counting the songs after 40 were notched up. I know Lynn and Jane have been reporting my wanderings recording songs and things in churches and I do hope that this stuff will surface at some point.. especially the stories.. watch this space is all I'll say for now.

I'm sure the website will have an exclusive something from the new record as soon as it's possible, but for now we're just starting to think about the promotional schedule around the album release and I'm itching to do a proper tour again. Keep watching the Web Site for more news. Oh God, I can't wait to actually see this album out and on the shelf! There's talk of me spending a lot more time in America too, but I think immediately I will be touring the record in and around all my favourite places before heading there. I've played in America a lot with Van so it will be great to go and do some solo shows. Again watch the website for news...I'll go for now but thanks again for all your unending enthusiasm and I'll log on again soon.

Keep the thoughts coming............

love Brian Kennedy xx

Brian is very proud to announce a brand new record deal with SONY (Ireland). The final details and signing of contracts is imminent. This fantastic news can only lead to bigger and better things for Brian, all of which are long overdue and truly deserved!!

Leo Green - 'Straight Up'
Leo Green's masterful sax performances have already made him the current doyen of saxophone players on stage, record and film throughout the world. Now the 26 year old son of jazz legend Benny Green is set to embark on a solo career with the release of his debut album and single.

Cited by Jerry Lee Lewis as 'The greatest sax player I have ever worked with' Leo's extraordinary credits already include the likes of Robbie Williams, Van Morrison, Lisa Stansfield, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, James Brown, All Saints, Sting, Jools Holland and many more. Most recently he has worked alongside another sax great Bruce Sprinsteen's Clarence Clemons in playing Hugo Speers' sax performances in both the film and soundtrack of the hit movie 'Swing'.

Leo Green released his debut album 'Straight Up' (Naim Records) on Monday, June 28th. The thirteen track album features Green's haunting and soulful sax playing on such classics as Angels, Let It Be, Living For The City, In The Ghetto. Produced and arranged by Green, the album also features guest vocals from Hazel Fernandez (Brand New Heavies), Brian Kennedy on 3 tracks - Broken Stones by Paul Weller, Bobby Womack's Across 110th Street and Every Little Bit Hurts (the discography has full B.K. details), together with guest appearances from Jools Holland and Alan Darby (Eric Clapton). With this line up, it has to be a must for every collection!!

Set List from the Mean Fiddler:
The Flower of Magherally, A Better Man, (Drummer Roy Dodds joined Brian here for the rest of the set) Goin' Back, Playing With My Heart, Be Still As You Are Beautiful (a poem set to music), Crazy Love, By The Mountain Road, A Case of You, Don't (An Elvis Presley song), Captured, The One I Love, Town (with Here Comes The Rain Again), Only Love Can Break Your Heart, These Days, Put The Message In The Box:
The Flower of Magherally, A Better Man, (Drummer Roy Dodds joined Brian here for the rest of the set) Goin' Back, Playing With My Heart, Be Still As You Are Beautiful (a poem set to music), Crazy Love, By The Mountain Road, A Case of You, Don't (An Elvis Presley song), Captured, The One I Love, Town (with Here Comes The Rain Again), Only Love Can Break Your Heart, These Days, Put The Message In The Box
Encore with Mark Nevin: Broken By A Breeze, Dangerous, You Send Me (with Sam Cooke's A Change Is Going To Come), Fear Is The Enemy of Love & Carrickfergus.

The Fleadh Set List:
The Flower of Magherally, A Better Man, (joined for the rest of the set by Roy Dodds) Goin' Back, Playing With My Heart, Town, Help Me Lift You Up (a Mary Margaret O'Hara song, joined by Eddi Reader), Crazy Love, Put The Message In The Box, You Send Me (with Eddi Reader)

Brian joined Ronan Keating's 15 minute set to sing 'These Days' together.

Fleadh News
Brian is due on Stage 2 at 5pm for a 45 minute set.
View the Mean Fiddler warm up nights & The Fleadh on line at

A quick recap on Brian's August concert dates.
Saturday 7th at Killyleagh Castle has now been cancelled.
The 5 different performances in Dublin which had been re-scheduled to mid August, has now been put on hold.
It has just been announced that Brian and his band will headline The Rose of Tralee (Ireland) Festival on Saturday 22nd August. Ticket information coming soon.

June '99

Brian chats with Sean at WWW.KATEBUSHNEWS.COM!

Brian Kennedy with fashion desinger John Rocha at Belgos

Sean Twomey from the Kate Bush News-Site met up with Brian at Belgo's restaurant in Dublin for an informal chat.... Read his fresh up-to-date exclusive interview and learn of Brian's high regard for Kate's work, through to his first encounter with her and discover what the emotion of music means to him. I guarantee that you will be entertained all the way. This is a must for all B.K. fans everywhere!! Go to: http://www.katebushnews.com/brian.htm#brian

Brian & Simply Red

Brian will be guesting with Simply Red at The King's Hall Show Grounds, Belfast on Wednesday 18th August. Tickets are priced at £25 and available from Our Price on 01232 313131

1999 Northern Irish Secretary of State annual party

The 1999 Northern Irish Secretary of State annual party took place at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast. This year Mo Mowlam decided to make the theme for children and 2500 kids who represented children from every primary and secondary school in Northern Ireland, met up at the Castle grounds, and were entertained by sets from Brian and Gary Barlow. Brian along with other personalities such as Barry McGuigan spent the afternoon mingling in amongst the children.
We have since heard that a short interview from Brian talking about the above party, was spotted on Friday's (17th June) edition of Blue Peter.

Mystery Train

From Monday 14th to Friday 18th June Brian will be presenting John Kelly's radio music programme 'Mystery Train'. The programme goes out live from 8.00-9.00pm on RTE Radio 1

Mean Fiddler

Brian will appear at The Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, London on Wednesday 7th July. Tickets cost £10.50 if collected from the venue, or £12.90 if paying by credit card from the Mean Fiddler c.c. number on 0541 500 044.



The first will be in Glasgow at the Cottier Theatre on Saturday 29th May. As part of the Music Live Festival, Brian will be performing a 30 minute acoustic set on BBC Radio Scotland's show called European Roots, which will be broadcast live from 20.00-23.00 on the frequencies 92-95 FM & 810 MW. Apparently the tickets to this event are free, however the allocation of tickets have now gone!! (Aaagh)
Eist, Mother In Me, Carrickfergus, Town (with Here Comes The Rain Again), Better Man & Put The Message In The Box

Secondly, on the 5th June Brian will appear at 'The Children of the Fallout' Charity show which takes place in Belfast and will be hosted by Gerry Kelly.

Finally, a John Rocha Fashion Lunch in aid of 'Aids Alliance' will be held on the 18th June at Belgo's, in the Temple Bar district of Dublin and Brian is scheduled to make a solo performance there.

The Dates below have now been cancelled!!
For 5 night between the 28th June to 3rd July, you have the chance to see Brian in concert at a venue in Dublin. Each night's performance will be different, with sets ranging from solo, to acoustic with Calum MacColl, through to a set with the full band Included in this week's long entertainment will be an exclusive opportunity for one night only, for you to hear Brian recite his poems and short stories. All details regarding the correct dates, venue and ticket prices have still to be confirmed, so watch this space for further up-dates!!

TV Appearances

According to The RTE Guide there are two programmes listed where you will be able to see Brian.
The first is on Tuesday 11th May from 9.30-10.00pm on the TnaG Channel, the programme 'Sult' with Donal Lunny and friends includes Brian Kennedy.
Then on Wednesday night, Net2 from 1.35-2.50am "Why Must I Always Explain". An interview with Van Morrison by Michelle Rocca (apparently there is some footage of Brian)
Thanks to Margaret Murphy for supplying this information.

'DAYTRIPPERS' the show which has celebrities discussing their favourite part of Ireland will broadcast 'Brian travels to the shores of Lough Derg' on TV3 from 6.30-7.00pm on Wednesday 5th May.


War Child Concert

It has just been confirmed that Brian will be involved in the second 'War Child' Irish Charity Concert. The concert takes place at the Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin on Sunday 2nd May. Other artists performing are Crush and Pelvis. Tickets cost £12 and can be obtained from the Temple Bar Box Office or by phone on 003551 6709202

Sunday's War Child concert got off to a roaring start with sets from support artists Crush and Pelvis. However just as Brian was about to take the stage the alarm bells started to ring - quite literally. A fire in the upper part of the building led to a full evacuation procedure, which then led to the rest of the show being cancelled. Ironic really as the best was yet to come. The one consolation of the evening was that the newly found web friends were able to meet up and help console each other by indulging in B.K. gossip.

Later with Jools Holland

Jools Holland will introduce a diverse mix of music performers including Van Morrison, Blur, Wilco, Natacha Atlas and Candi Staton on his show 'Later with Jools Holland'. Brian will be part of Van Morrison's band on the show which is Broadcast on BBC2 on Friday 16th April at 11.20pm.

The Traditional Irish Music Centre

A private VIP event titled 'exponent of traditional Irish music from the past to the present' will have Brian as Master of Ceremonies for their evening. The event will take place on Wednesday 14th April at The Traditional Irish Music Centre in the Smithfield District of Dublin.

London Fleadh

The Mean Fiddler are celebrating their 10th London Fleadh in Finsbury Park on Saturday 10th July '99 and Brian is now one of the confirmed artists. More details can be found on-line at www.aloud.com/festivals/thefleadh.shtml


Catch Brian's performance of 'Eist a Stor' on the show Sibin which goes out on the Teilifis na Gaeilge channel on Thursday 8th April at 9.30pm, this programme also repeats on Sunday 11th at 8.20pm with subtitles.


Kenny Live

Brian will appear on the Kenny Live Show on RTE1 at 9.35pm on Saturday 27th March 1999. He is due to sing with Maire Bhreatnach and will perform the track 'Eist a Stor', taken from the new Gaelic Compilation CD - Eist (Irish for Listen)

Eist - (Songs in their native language)

Brian appears on a new Gaelic compilation CD released in Ireland on the Dara label called Eist - (Songs in their native language). He duets with Maire Bhreatnach in a previously unreleased track called Eist a Stor. Other Artists include, Altan, Seamus Begley & Mary Black, Van Morrison & The Chieftains, Maura O'Connell, Clannad, Frances Black, Paul Brady, Sinead Lohan, Mary Black, John Spillane, Maighread ni Dhomhnaill, Kate Bush & Christy Moore, all of whom perform in Irish. The album was heavily promoted by Bord na Gaeilge (the body responsible for promoting usage and enjoyment of the Irish language) around the St. Patrick's Day festivities, with TV advertising and a high profile poster campaign, See Discography for more details. Also Simon Gee from the Van Morrison Wavelength site (see Links) has this CD in stock.

Thanks to Ralph O'Flaherty who has just informed us that he managed to find Brian's health and fitness article which appeared in the The Examiner Newspaper on March 20th. Well spotted!!

Brian is pleased to announce that he has a new record deal. He has been signed to 19 Recordings which is part of the 19 Management Ltd group.

Brian has just recently given a 10 minute phone interview for an up-coming Health article in the Examiner Newspaper (Ireland) - sorry we don't have a specific date - so happy searching!

TFI Friday

Brian will appear with Van Morrison on the Comic Relief edition of TFI Friday, which will be broadcast on BBC 1 between 11.30pm-12.30am on Friday 12th March 1999

National Concert Hall

On Wednesday 17th March - St Patrick's Day - Brian will join The Irish Chamber Orchestra and Micheal O'Suilleabhain at The National Concert Hall in Dublin. Tickets can be purchased from 003531 4751572.


Following on from the St Patrick's Day concert Brian will again make a guest appearance at 'FROM THE HEART' - a week long celebration of Irish culture at the London Barbican Centre, which on the 3rd April features The Irish Chamber Orchestra whose guests include Micheal O'Suilleabhain, Brian and others. This is an all seated venue and tickets cost £9.50/ £13.50/ £17.50/£20.00 and can be obtained through the Box Office on 0171 638 8891. The show starts at 7.30pm.

Ronnie Scott's

Brian has been invited to join Van Morrison and his band at Ronnie Scott's in London on Tuesday 2nd March. This special evening has been arranged to promote Van's new album 'Back On Top' on which Brian features.

Read Brian's Set Lists from Sunday 21st Feb at Birmingham NEC and Friday 26th at Glasgow SECC whilst touring with The Corrs.
Birmingham - A Better Man, Playing With My Heart, Crazy Love, You're The One That I Adore & Put The Message In The Box.
Glasgow - A Better Man, Captured (with Wild Mountain Thyme), Crazy Love, Playing With My Heart, Carrickfergus & Put The Message In The Box.


Borderline gig

Brian's early 1998 London Borderline gig is being Broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 27th February at 8.00pm - 9.00pm

The Corrs

Brian will be supporting The Corrs on their UK Tour which covers
London Arena - 20th February -
Birmingham NEC- 21st February - 0121 780 4133 - Sold Out
Wembley Arena - 22nd February - 0181 902 0902 - Sold Out
Birmingham NEC - 24th February - 0121 780 4133 - Rear seats available
Sheffield Arena - 25th February - 0114 256 5656 - Sold Out
Glasgow SECC - 26th February - 0141 287 5511- Sold Out

The above Box Office numbers that have sold out of their allocations, suggest to phone back on a daily basis to see if there have been any returns!!

Making A Difference

Brian will take part in 'Making A Difference' which will be held at The Grand Opera House in Belfast on the 4th March. The event will then be broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland on the 5th. No tickets are available through the Opera House box office as the hall is hired by the BBC and tickets are allocated privately.


A Valentine Special - Gloria Hunniford & Husband Steven Way with feature as guests on Carrie Crowley's show 'Limelight' which goes out on RTE 1 TV at 10.15pm on Sunday 14th February. Brian has been invited on to the show to sing 'Have I Told You Lately' for the newly married couple. (According to the RTE guide this show repeats again on Thursday 18th February at 2.30am-3.20am)

This Is The Sea

Although there is no sound track available to the film & video 'This Is The Sea' in which Brian not only makes a cameo appearance but adds his vocals to, we have decided to list below full track details to help you identify the artists and the music. The film can be purchased through www.amazon.com, but it seems that the film has been released for the rental market and at the moment is rather expensive, so check out your local video rental shop. (A photo of the cover sleeve, supplied by Hannie can be found on the Fan Page).

Songs Performed By Brian Kennedy in 'This Is The Sea'


Captured Brian Kennedy
Great War of Words
A Man Is In Love * Mike Scott Room to Roam (The Waterboys)
How Long Will I Love You* Mike Scott Room to Roam (The Waterboys)
Anniversary Brian Kennedy Great War of Words

* No B.K. Recording Available - Film Only

Songs Performed By Mike Scott & The Waterboys in
'This Is The Sea'


She Is So Beautiful
Mike Scott Mike Scott
A Man Is In Love
Mike Scott The Waterboys
How Long Will I Love You Mike Scott The Waterboys
Fishermans Blues Mike Scott &
Steve Wickman The Waterboys
This Is The Sea Mike Scott The Waterboys
This Is The River Mike Scott The Waterboys
Red Army Blues
Mike Scott
The Waterboys

Precious Time

Van Morrison's new single entitled 'Precious Time' featuring Brian on backing vocals is due for release on Monday 22nd February. The single which is taken from Van's forthcoming album 'Back On Top' will be available in the UK on the 8th March. Listed below are the tracks on the album which Brian features on -

Philosophers Stone, In The Midnight, Back On Top, When The Tears Come Falling Down, High Summer, Reminds Me Of You, New Biography, Precious Time & Golden Autumn Days


'Coffee With Cagney'

Brian will be a guest on Mark Cagney's show on Today FM between 11.00-11.30am on Friday 29th January. This general interview will go out live.

Winning Streak

'Winning Streak' a lottery game show which is broadcast on RTE at 7.45pm will feature a short interview with Brian and as the celebrity guest, he will pick out 5 tickets of which the winners can win between £1000-£5000.

My Island

From the 25th to 27th January Brian was filming around Ireland for a new TV Programme called 'My Island'. As Presenter of the episode due to be broadcast on the 24th March on TV3, Brian can be seen travelling around various places and sites in Ireland that have some personal meaning to him.

Brian's Short Stories

Brian not only an accomplished writer of music, has now written some short stories. In early November accompanied by Calum MacColl, Brian recorded the stories in St Paul's Church, Belfast and also in Brian's former school St Paul's Secondary School, now known as Corpus Christi. By going back to familiar places of Brian's childhood, this helped to enhance the atmosphere for the recording for a spoken word CD. No release date is available for the CD, but watch this space.

The start of the new year saw Brian back again at St Paul's Church, Belfast but this time it was to record some songs completely solo and with no accompaniment.

The V.I.P. Suite

Brian will be Gloria Hunniford's guest on her radio show 'The V.I.P. Suite' on Sunday 24th January on RTE Radio One (88.5FM) from 10.02am-11.00am. Brian chats about his life and career and picks three favourite songs/artists.

War Child

Brian & Irish actor Adrian Dunbar launched War Child's latest endeavour. War Child has commissioned Turner Prize nominee Sam Taylor Wood to create artwork which will be featured on 4,000 buses in Ireland, the UK and US throughout January to March.

Childline Concert

An up-date has just come through that Brian will appear at the Childline Concert on the 23rd January at The Point, Dublin He is due to sing 'These Days' with Ronan from Boyzone. As far as I am award tickets are sold out, however, the show is being broadcast on RTE1 at 7.30pm.

All Mixed Up

Early last November Brian took part in a weekly quiz show, hosted by Eamon Holmes called 'All Mixed Up'. The show was aired on Monday 11th January '99 at 8.30pm on UTV


The AIB NATIONWIDE BETTER IRELAND AWARDS take place on Wednesday 13th January 1999 at The Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Ireland. Brian along with Calum & James are due to perform a set to an invited audience of 350 guests before the Award Ceremony. The event is being recorded and the plan is that a song from the evenings concert will then be broadcast at a later date as part of the RTE Award Ceremony.

Brian's song used to help smokers quit

Brian's song Life, Love & Happiness has been spotted accompanying a new stop smoking campaign on ITV (Ireland) as well as and ad on UTV for LEDU (an orginisation to help people starting a new business)

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