The Kelly Show - UTV
Gerry Kelly is one of Ireland's most popular TV presenters. During the past 15 years, Gerry has interviewed hundreds of the biggest names in showbusiness, film and television, music, sport and politics. On 31st December why don't you bring in the New Year with Gerry Kelly's Friday Night Show which will be broadcast on UTV from 11pm. Music and guests are Brian, Michael Ball and Katie Melua.
A Celtic Christmas - RTE One
Carols & Christmas Songs recorded in the 700-year-old Franciscan abbey of Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, with a star line-up of singers, musicians & choirs including Brian Kennedy and Moya Brennan who lead the way with renditions of traditional carols and new compositions by Liam Lawton. Eimear Quinn, Roisin O'Reilly, Tom McArdle, Cantando, the Mullingar Cathedral choir and Meath Diocesan choir also provide entertainment, with readings from the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh. The TV programme will be aired on RTE One between 6.25pm - 7.30pm on Friday 24th December.
Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victoria, Australia
The 29th Port Fairy Folk Festival, regarded as one of the world's Top 5 Folk Music Festivals, takes please from 11th - 14th March 2005 and it has now been confirmed that Brian will perform at the Festival on two days - the exact days will be announced in the new year. With over 100 acts the festival is a vibrant and exciting cultural celebration which magically transforms the fishing village, evoking tradition but looking to the future. Port Fairy is an old sea-side fishing and farming village along the south-west coast of the state of Victoria. The festival presents the best of International and National artists over the four days of folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, celtic, country, jazz, rock, contemporary and other world roots music. First class performances are presented on five large and five smaller stages in The Arena and at 12 more venues throughout the town plus market stalls, buskers and street events. Only a few tickets are left and can be obtained from the Booking Office: 03 55682227.
Festival info from: www.portfairyfolkfestival.com
'Even Better Than The Real Thing Vol. 2' - Various Artists
Following the huge success of 'Even Better Than The Real Thing' Vol.1 which raised over €170,000 for the National Children’s Hospital. Vol 2 - is the same principal but with different tracks and is due for release in Ireland on 19th November 2004.
Compiled from live performances as featured on the Ray D’Arcy radio show on Today FM. The artists were given a current chart hit to re-interpret in their own individual style. Presenter Ray D'Arcy comments: “The resulting collection of songs is sometimes stunning, other times sublime but always in my opinion better than the real thing. It is very exciting to have such a stellar group of musicians and songwriters on this CD”. This amazing collection of 13 tracks (plus two bonus tracks), featuring some of the biggest names of Irish music in recent years: Brian Kennedy, Juliet Turner, Paddy Casey, Glen Hansard & Colm MacConIomaire of The Frames and many more, perform their own unique versions of some of the most successful chart hits of recent times. Brian covers the track - 'Dry Your Eyes' performed originally by The Streets. The reaction of Ray’s listeners has been outstanding with some of the cover versions becoming the most requested songs on the station. The album makes these unique tracks available to the public on CD, and for a good cause too … all profits from the sale of the album this year will be donated to the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght and Barretstown.
Liam Lawton - 'Another World'
Liam Lawton's new collection of music is due to be launched in early November. The CD titled 'Another World', features guest artists as Brian Kennedy, Moya Brennan, The Celtic Tenors, Eimear Quinn, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Roisin O Reilly and Sharon Shannon among others. Liam says "It has been a great experience working with such people and I hope that you will enjoy the fruits of our collaboration". Brian sings 'Allelu' in Irish on the opening track of the CD. He then closes the CD with the same track in English.
Liam draws much inspiration from the rich Celtic heritage. Two of his collections have been used for two major television broadcasts shown throughout Europe. He writes both in the native Gaelic language and also in English in the traditional style. In his work Liam has given life to the great and beautiful history of Ireland, using the ancient prayers and traditions as the main source of his texts. For more information visit - www.liamlawton.com
December Tour Dates for Ireland
These dates have just been announced and in some cases the tickets may not be on sale. Please keep in contact with the venue for up-dates.
Leighinmohr Hotel, Leighinmohr Avenue, Ballymena, N. Ireland
Tel: +44 (0)28 2565 2313
Burnanvon Arts & Cultural Centre, Cookstown, N. Ireland
Tele: +44 (0)28 867 67994 www.burnavon.com
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Tele: +353 (0)71 9841075 www.allinghamarmshotel.com
Glencarn Hotel, Monaghan Road, Castleblayney, Ireland
Telephone:+353 (0)42 9746666
Slieve Donard Hotel, Downs Road, Newcastle, N. Ireland
Tele: +44 (0)28 4372 1066 www.hastingshotels.com
Holiday Inn, Derry Road, Letterkenny, Ireland
Tele: +353 (0)74 24369 www.holidayinnletterkenny.net
Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry, N. Ireland
Tel: +44 (0)28 3025 1234 www.canalcourthotel.com
Ardhowen Theatre, Dublin Road, Enniskillen, N. Ireland
Tele: + 44 (0)28 6632 5440 www.ardhowentheatre.com
All the dates for Brian's Australian tour have now been confirmed and are due to take place throughout November. Details have just been released of Brian's promotional interviews. Here is how the schedule looks so far.
Brian's confirmed promotional interviews for his up-coming Australian tour.
Wednesday 6th October
Canberra Times: Entertainment Section
The Australian: (National daily broadsheet)
Friday 8th October
The Drum: Weekly Street Press, Sydney
Rhythms Magazine: National Monthly Folk/Blues/Jazz Magazine - live to air
The Irish Echo: National bi-monthly paper
Sunday 10th October
ABC Overnight National: Live to air (2.30am in Australia)
Monday 11th October
Gold Coast Sun: Interview with Christian Stranger
Nine to Five: Weekly city magazine
Celtic FM, Sydney: Weekly Irish Music Programme with Keiran Rigney
Herald Sun, Melbourne: Interview with Andrew Brasier
Tuesday 12th October
Radio 4EBIFM, Brisbane: Interview with Sinead Lee
Daily Telegraph, Sydney: Interview with Troy Lennon
Messenger Newspapers: Interview with Jeff Crawford
Bayes of DB Magazine, Adelaide: Interview with Brett Allen
Wednesday 13th October
Brisbane News: Interview with Trent Dalton
Sunday Mail, Brisbane: Interview with Ritchie Yorke
Rip It Up, Adelaide: Interview with Robert Dunstan
The West Australian: Interview with Ray Purvis
ABC Radio Mid Coast: Coffs Harbour - Recorded radio interview with Graeme Robinson
Thursday 14th October
The Advocate: Coffs Harbour
Undercover News: Interview with Paul Cashmere
Cairns Post: Interview with Jan Lahney
Barfly Magazine, Cairns: Interview with Tony Hillier
Noosa Weekender, Nr Eumundi: Interview with Roghan McKerlie
Friday 15th October
Radio 2UE: Interview with John Kerr
Brian's Australian Tour Dates - November 2004
Wednesday 3rd Canberra: Tilley's Devine Cafe, Wattle St (Cnr Brigalow St)
Thursday 4th Melbourne: National Theatre, Cnr. Barkly & Carlisle Streets, St Kilda
Friday 5th Hepburn Springs: Hepburn Palais, 111 Main Road
Saturday 6th Sydney: York Theatre, Seymour Center
Tuesday 9th Coffs Harbour: Jetty Memorial Theatre
Thursday 11th Brisbane: The Irish Club, First Floor, 171 Elizabeth St
Friday 12th Nth Tamborine: Club Zamia, 23 Hartley Rd
Saturday 13th Eumundi: Joe's Waterhole
Sunday 14th Cairns: Karnaka Playhouse, Upper Whyanbeel Rd, Mossman
Wednesday 17th Parramatta: Riverside Theatres
Thursday 18th Katoomba: The Clarendon Hotel, 66 Lurline St
Saturday 20th Adelaide: Cellar Door, Peter Lehmann Wines, Off Para Road, Tanunda
Sunday 21st Adelaide: Church of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park
Wednesday 24th Fremantle: The Leopold Hotel, 326 Canning Highway, Bicton
Thursday 25th Perth: The Civic Hotel, 981 Beaufort St, Ingelwood
The diary lists venue and ticket information.
Brian will be undertaking a week of promotional interviews for his up-coming dates at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Here is the schedule so far. Further interviews are likely to be added so check back for up-dates.
Monday 4th October
The Afternoon Show, RTE TV - 3.15pm
Anna Nolan, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Sheana Keane will present RTÉ's new live flagship daytime programme. Brian will be appearing on the first show and will chat about his book and more.
There will also be opportunities to text, phone and e-mail the show with your views, experiences and opinions.
Tuesday 5th October
Strawberry Alarm Clock - FM 104 at 9am - Interview and 2 songs.
Juicy Bits - FM 104 Entertainment. 10.00am onwards - Short Interview
Wednesday 6th October
Interview for the Careers Section - ‘How I Got Here’: Irish Independent. No publishing date given.
Thursday 7th October
In-studio interview with Dusty Rhodes for The Green Room - Q102, Shannonside & Red FM:
Interview with Chris Barry - 106.5FM. Between 4-6pm
Hope you manage to switch on and tune in. Remember you can also listen to some of the radio stations on-line.
The Tailrace Bar, Parteen, Co Clare, Ireland
Brian will be performing there on Saturday 2nd October. Doors Open: 9pm
Bookings: 00353 61 451527 or from Empire Music, Limerick. Tickets: 30 Euros.
Phil Coulter's Tranquility Cruise
Travel Concepts presents Phil Coulter's Tranquility Cruise 2005 aboard the ms Westerdam from January 16th - 23rd 2005. Brian will join Phil Coulter as a musical guest on the cruise, which sails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the Western Caribbean. For information and brochures contact Travel Concepts/American Express, 225 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701, USA. (508) 879 8600. Limited places left. Visit their website at www.travelconcept.com
'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn'
For sixteen year old Fergal Flynn, growing up in 1980s Belfast isn't easy. His father and brothers despise him; he’s his mother’s crutch one day, her punching bag the next; he has no idea what he wants to do with his life; and he fancies one of the boys in his class… Fergal just wants to belong – but knows he never will. When handsome young Father Mac arrives in the parish, Fergal embarks on a whirlwind journey towards a new life. As their relationship deepens, he discovers his sexuality, his talent for singing and the wonderful, terrifying opportunities the world has to offer.
Funny, tender and unflinching, The Arrival of Fergal Flynn is the story of a young man struggling to find his voice against all the odds. This novel allows us to see the rich source of talent that has made Brian famous. Having the book published is a personal triumph and one that has required hard work, dedication and a willingness to share a part of one's soul.
Quote from Brian:
"I managed a wee rest in Greece where I also final-proofed my novel which is out in the first week of September. It brings me back to the nervous weeks before my very first album came out in 1990… So, my first book called ‘The Arrival of Fergal Flynn’ is about to arrive. I never worked harder on anything in my life and the Editors at Hodder have been amazing. What a learning curve. I’m hoping to head out on a reading/signing tour as soon as I can so watch the website for details."
Exclusive Purchase Offer:
Brian wanted to make sure his fans worldwide could get a hold of the book, so the publishers have agreed that the book can be sold on the website. So the good news is you can order Brian's novel right NOW from the site.
These first edition paperback books are priced at £9.99 (recommended retail price - £10.99).
Postage and packing is £2.00 within the UK, £3.50 for Europe & £3.95 Worldwide.
Payment couldn't be easier as I have organised for credit cards to be accepted. Complete the order form here or send your details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘These Days’ and sent to the fan club address: Brian Kennedy - These Days, PO Box 7777, Edinburgh, EH9 1YX, Scotland. Detail clearly your name and address.
Publisher: Hodder Headline. Publication Date: 1st September 2004. Binding: Paperback.
ISBN: 0 340 83229 0. EAN: 9780340832295
'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn' Confirmed Book Signings
Saturday 11th September
Dublin: Eason, O'Connell Street - 12.00 noon
Dublin: Eason, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre - 3pm
Monday 13th September
Cork: Easons, 113-115 Patrick Street - 12.30pm
Limerick: O'Mahony's Bookshop,120 O'Connell Street - 7.30pm (signing and reading)
Tuesday 14th September - 12.30pm
Galway: Eason, 33 Shop Street
Thursday 16th September - 12.30pm
Dublin: The Dublin Bookshop, 36 Grafton Street
Friday 17th September - 3.30pm
Derry: Eason, Foyleside Shopping Centre
Saturday 18th September
Belfast: Eason, 20 Donegall Place - 12.30pm
Belfast: Eason Westwood, Westwood Shopping Centre, Kennedy Way - 3.30pm
'Daniel O'Donnell' Show - Sunday September 5th RTÉ ONE - 8.30pm
On this weeks programme Daniel's is joined by Brian Kennedy, choreographer & dancer Breandán de Gallaí and new Irish singing talent Shonagh Daly. Brian joins Daniel and performs 'Christopher Street', the song written during Brian's Broadway experience while he was performing with Riverdance. Brian chats to Daniel about touring, pre-show nerves, his work as a writer and his new novel 'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn'. Click on photos for enlargement.
Public Broadcast Services
The 'Live In Belfast' concert aired in New York on Channel - WLIW on June 10th. A national US roll-out will follow on the PBS network the first week in August. As soon as I get the broadcast schedule I will up-date you immediately.
'Buried Alive' - A new entertainment show - Thursday May 27th on RTE1 at 22.15.
Dara O'Briain offers a new twist on celebrity status and facing up to death. 'Buried Alive' imagines that a celebrity has died and then compiles an obituary tribute to them. Not only that, but it also asks that celebrity for their opinion on what people have said about them. Dara's first celebrity guest on the show is Barry McGuigan. Brian and sporting commentator Jimmy McGee are among those who give their condolences on his imaginary passing!
Tune in to TOP OF THE POPS 2 on Monday 17th May at 7.00pm to catch Brian's performance of For One Kiss. DJ Steve Wright presents today's hits along with classic performances from the Top of the Pops archives.
Brian Kennedy - 'For One Kiss'
The Undertones - 'Jimmy Jimmy'
Womack & Womack - 'Love Wars'
Go West - 'Call Me'
Simply Red - 'Holding Back The Years'
Earth Wind & Fire - 'Boogie Wonderland'
Karel Fialka - 'The Eyes Have It'
Spitting Image - 'The Chicken Song'
Hazell Dean - 'Searchin'
The current issue of Ireland's Best Selling Home Buyers & Interiors Magazine - Moving In features an 'at home' interview with Brian. In between recording, touring and editing his first novel Brian invited the Moving In Editor, Clodagh Edwards, into his private hideaway in the breathtaking village of Killaloe and discusses his love of music, relationships and a turbulent childhood on the Falls Road. Distribution of the Magazine is by Easons, Newspread & Wholesale News.
'A Beautiful Night' - Saturday 1st May
Brian will take part in the BBC Music Live's mammoth 'Beautiful Night'. This will be the BBC’s largest musical event of 2004 and will reach audiences on a huge scale, broadcasting on Television, Radio and On-line throughout the UK and to audiences throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Brian will share the stage with Alanis Morissette, Katie Melua, Ronan Keating, Gabrielle, Hot House Flowers, Bob Geldof, The Chieftains, Divine Comedy, Zucchero and Moya Brennan bringing Belfast to a standstill as the 'Beautiful Night' concert will mark the climax of the BBC’s Music Live festival. This amazing free concert will takes place at Belfast's City Hall on Saturday 1st May. For all the details log on to the BBC website.
Music Live In Armagh - An Evening With Brian Kennedy with Radio 2 - Sold On Song
Join Brian for an exclusive acoustic performance and hear him discuss writing his most popular songs. Thursday April 29th, 7pm- 8pm, The Market Place, Market Street, Armagh. Book your free tickets on 028 3752 1821. More details can be found on the BBC website
'Brian Kennedy - Live In Belfast' to be aired on Public Broadcast Services (PBS)
PBS is a private, non-profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 349 public television stations uses the power of non-commercial television, the internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions, PBS serves nearly 100 million people each week. Brian will be live in the WLIW PBS TV studios, Long Island, New York on Friday 16th April at 9pm to introduce his live concert recorded late last year in Belfast. For further details log on to www.wliw.org or www.pbs.org
The list below covers radio stations which Brian will be interviewed and/or performing on.
Monday 19th April
BBC Radio Devon - Judi Spiers - 11.00-11.30 am
BBC Radio Northants - Bernie Keith - 11.30-12.00 noon
BBC Radio Cornwall - David White - 12.00pm - 12.30pm
BBC Radio Sheffield - Antonia Brickell - 1.00pm - 1.30pm
BBC Radio West Midlands - Bob Brolly - 2.00pm - 2.30pm
BBC Radio Newcastle - Julia Hankin - 3.00pm - 4.00pm
BBC Radio Kent - Pat Marsh Show - contact station for broadcast time
BBC Radio Humberside - Richard Allen - contact station for broadcast time
BBC Radio Wiltshire- Kelly Stooke - contact station for broadcast time
The Belfast Music Amnesty
The Leonard Cheshire, The Drake Music Project Ireland and The Dave Early Connection have combined resources to organise an event that will give disabled and disadvantaged children the chance to own and learn to play an instrument. The Music Amnesty week will run from Saturday 24th April to Sunday 1st May 2004. The project are working in partnership with Tesco in Northern Ireland and their stores will give 33 collection points in Belfast and across the province where public can donate instruments to the project. If you have any old or unwanted musical instruments they would love to have them. Brian supported the cause by taking part in the community service announcement which will be broadcast on UTV over the next few weeks.
BBC Music Live
For eleven days Northern Ireland becomes the music capital of the world! Northern Ireland is to be the stage for a great line-up of top-flight musicians and performers, playing live to an audience of millions throughout the UK and beyond when it hosts the BBC's acclaimed live music festival - Music Live.
Brian will join Maria Ewing and Jacqui Dankworth to celebrate the melodic and lyrical genius of one of musical theatre's greatest 20th century composers - Stephen Sondheim. The event will take place at the Millennium Forum, Derry on Wednesday 28th April. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 028 7126 4455. Priced £9.50-£17.50 Presented by Petroc Trelawny and featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson, the concert includes such Sondheim classics as 'Company' from 'Company', 'The Little Things You Do Together', 'Losing My Mind', 'I'm Still Here' and 'Broadway Baby' from 'Follies', 'Send In The Clowns' from 'A Little Night Music', 'Johanna' from 'Sweeney Todd', and 'Hey Old Friends' from 'Merrily We Roll Along'. The concert will recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 30th April between 7.30-9.15pm as part of the Friday Night Is Music Night
The list below covers radio stations which Brian will be interviewed and/or performing on. Some of the stations can also be heard on-line or through the Sky TV digital radio platform. More will be confirmed shortly.
Friday 2nd April:
BBC Radio Suffolk - with Steven Foster. Broadcast Mon 5th - 4.00-7.00pm
BBC Radio Newcastle - with John Harle
Friday 23rd April:
Today FM - Phil Cawley Show: 'Ask the Audience'. A quick-fire round of
questions. 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday 28th April:
BBC Radio Ulster - The Gerry Anderson Show - 10.30am-12.00noon
Brian will be out and about to promote the release of his new live double CD & DVD. Below lists his confirmed interviews/promotional itinerary so far. There will be more announcements coming soon so watch this space for up-dates.
Strawberry Alarm Clock on FM104, Dublin - Interview & Song. Listen on-line at www.fm104.ie from around 8.30am.
Appearing in Celtic Note, Nassau Street, Dublin at 1pm. In-store performance and signing.
Radio Kerry - 96-98FM. Brian will co-host the afternoon programme with Martin Howard. Listen on-line at www.radiokerry.ie from 2.30pm
Tuesday 23rd - Clare FM - 96.4FM. In-studio interview with Presenter Lorcan Murray. Listen on-line at www.clairefm.ie from 4.00pm
Wednesday 24th - Today FM - 100-102 FM. Brian will co-present The Lunch Box on the Phil Cawley Show. Listen on-line at www.todayfm.ie from 1.00pm. Phone in with your requests or a chat on Dublin 1850 715 100
Appearing in HMV Records, Belfast at 5pm. In-store performance and signing.
Friday 2nd - In-store performance and signing at
Caroline Music, Lisburn at 4.30pm
Caroline Music, Newry at 6.30pm
Saturday 3rd - In-store performance and signing at
Caroline Music, Coleraine at 1.00pm
Cool Discs, Derry at 3.30pm
Evening Herald - Friday 12th: Questionnaire in the 'Retail Therapy' column in the 'It's Friday' supplement. Star Sunday & Irish Examiner - publication date to be confirmed.
'Brian Kennedy - Live In Belfast' on CD & DVD
Brian's brand new album & DVD ‘Live In Belfast’ is out now on the Curb Records label. You can order the CD & DVD now on-line through Caroline Music. No matter where you are based they can despatch it to you.
This superb collection features Brian in concert recorded over two sell-out nights at the Belfast Waterfront Hall, on November 7th and 8th 2003. It pitches his matchless vocal skills across twenty-two tracks, mixing material from all stages of his absorbing decade and a half recording career.
Included are breathtaking renditions of ‘A Better Man’, ‘Get On With Your Short Life’, ‘Put The Message In The Box’, as well as choice selections from his BBC Northern Ireland TV series, ‘On Song’ - from which come ‘The Ballad of Killaloe’, ‘Carrickfergus’, ‘The Curragh of Kildare’ and ‘Danny Boy’. It also features inspired versions of ‘You Raise Me Up’ and a tender medley of Van Morrison songs in ‘Crazy Love’ / ‘Have I Told You Lately’, as well as a heartfelt take on the Neil Young classic, ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’.
Kennedy is in fine vocal form throughout, as you’d expect, the performances enhanced by the recording being in his home town of Belfast. Backing him are his long time musical friends, Calum MacColl (guitar, dulcimer and vocals), James Blennerhassett (bass, upright bass and vocals), Liam Bradley (drums, percussion and vocals), and James Hallawell (keyboards and vocals) with the added bonus of The West Ocean String Quartet on ‘I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen’ and ‘The Isle Of Innisfree’.
The warmth and inimitable magic of a Kennedy live show is captured beautifully here and stands as a fine showcase for Brian’s musical eclecticism and emotional range. A vivid snapshot of a vibrant talent at a career peak. The DVD contains special features, behind the scene footage and more.
Now That I Know What I Want
For One Kiss
A Better Man
Margaret Barry Broke My Heart
Currragh of Kildare
Crazy Love/ Have I Told You Lately
The Ballad Of Killaloe
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
The Isle of Innisfree
Get On With Your Short Life
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Put The Message in The Box
Captured/Dirty Old Town/Will Ye Go Lassie Go
So What If It Rains
Life, Love & Happiness
You Raise Me Up
Catalogue Numbers: CD - CURCD148 / DVD - DVD2515 (NTSC all regions)
Release Date: 15th March 2004
MIDDLE EAST TOUR
Yes globetrotter Brian will be spending St. Patrick's Day in the Middle East. He is doing a mini-tour including Dubai & Oman. Think he can be guaranteed a rain-free celebration over there. Send us a postcard and your reviews!
16th March 2004
Muscat, Oman: Al Bustan Palace Hotel,
Tickets: Al Bustan Palace Box Office - No 00968 799666 & OUA Retail Outlets
17th March 2004
Dubai (UAE): Irish Village
Tickets: Irish Village Aviation Club - 0097142824122.
18th March 2004
Al Ain (UAE): Inter Continental Hotel Al Ain
Tickets: Inter Continental Box Office - +971 3 768 6686
19th March 2004
Doha, (Qatar): Ramada Hotel
Tickets: F & B Office - +974 441-7417
Brian's Back 'On Song'
As reported last year the BBC commissioned Brian for another series of six shows before transmission of the first series had even begun. Brian was busy over the summer filming around Ireland: From Galway Bay to the Glens of Antrim, he set out on an amazing journey of Irish song.
From ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’ to ‘In The Gloaming’, ‘The Minstrel Boy’ to ‘The Rose of Tralee’, Brian and his guests uncover some of the mysteries surrounding their origins while others share personal memories and thoughts about the songs.
The great news is BBC N Ireland have confirmed the series will again be aired on Friday nights. Tune in from Friday 20th February at 10.35pm. I believe Sky Digital and some cable viewers can also receive BBC N. Ireland. Good to see that it is being broadcast a little further a field.
In the first programme, Brian travels to Portstewart, Wicklow, Cullybackey and the Sally Gap chatting to Jimmy Kennedy Jnr, son of the late, great Jimmy Kennedy. Part of the programme pays tribute to the legendary Omagh-born songwriter, who, during his long and illustrious career, wrote over 2,000 songs including ‘Red Sails In The Sunset’, recorded by everyone from Bing Crosby to Nat King Cole and The Platters.
The series also features performances from Eddi Reader, The Celtic Tenors, Finbar Furey, Eric Bogle, Juliet Turner and Ralph McTell, with further contributions from Phil Coulter, Fergal Keane, Denis Taylor, Louis Walsh, Roy Walker, Gay Byrne, Dolores Keane, Marie Jones, James Galway, Paddy Moloney, Patrick Kielty and BBC Newsline’s Donna Traynor.
Click Here for information relating to the first series. You will also find captures from the TV series in our slide show section.
'Brian Kennedy Live In Belfast' - CD
Here's something to look forward to... as those of you who were there will know, last November, Brian's shows at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast were recorded live for future release on CD & DVD! Brian has just recently approved the final mixes for the CD and the provisional release date for the CD is March 15th. Watch this space for more updates.
NEW TOUR DATES
Grab your diaries and book a date with BK! At last, here's the news that UK & Irish fans have been waiting for. Brian's tour plans have finally been organised and he should be heading your way from the end of April and well into June. He seems to be leaving no stone unturned so whether you're on the South coast of England or in sunny Scotland, now is the time to get booking those tickets.
One word of warning...this news is so hot off the press that some of the venues haven't started selling the tickets yet, so please keep in contact with the box office or the venues to find out when they come on sale.
View UK Dates - More dates added!!
View New Irish Dates - More dates added!!
Ireland AM - TV3
Ireland AM is the TV breakfast show hosted by Claire Byrne and Mark Cagney on TV3. Each weekday morning they are joined by Ireland's top personalities and Brian will be their guest on Monday 2nd February. Tune in at around 8.15am for Brian's live interview and a possible song.
RTE Guide, Ireland
Look out for the current issue of the RTE Guide - Vol. 28, No. 5 which has a Question & Answer session with Brian. It's on sale now.
Brian talks to Rick on his radio show this Tuesday evening - 28th January. Tune in from 8pm to hear what Brian's plans for 2004 are. You can also listen on-line at www.rte.ie/2fm