Bap Kennedy tribute EP to raise money for cancer charity

The music of the late Belfast singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy is being celebrated with a new release ‘Raving for Bap’ by The Raving Beauties, all profits of which will be going to Belfast’s Marie Curie Hospice. The release marks the 1st anniversary of when Bap passed away at the Hospice in November 2016 after a short fight with cancer. The 5-track E.P., which features original cover art by County Antrim artist Kenny McKendry and  sleevenotes from Belfast music journalist Stuart Bailie, is available for pre-order on limited edition 10” vinyl and via digital download. The record includes songs from Bap’s solo career as well as his years as frontman for Energy Orchard and is being released on the Farm Music label. Continue reading “Bap Kennedy tribute EP to raise money for cancer charity”

Bap Kennedy ”Reckless Heart” (At The Helm/Last Chance Records, 2016)

bap_kennedy_reckless_heartAs “Reckless Heart” was being created, Bap Kennedy was in a losing battle with cancer, a battle that he has very recently lost. As far as a legacy goes for such a rich and varied career, a single album is never going to do it justice, but “Reckless Heart” is a masterfully crafted record, filled with hope, despair, beautiful melodies and soaring musicality. With hints of Rock ‘n Roll, Blues and two-step country, this record is a beautiful blend of traditional American music styles. It is so rare for someone to encapture this musicality coming from foreign shores, but Belfast-born Kennedy does just that, sounding not in the least bit inauthentic, a great credit to an artist who has spent his career associated with legends such as Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler and Van Morrison. Continue reading “Bap Kennedy ”Reckless Heart” (At The Helm/Last Chance Records, 2016)”