The Kennedys
New York, NY  |  Folk / Rock / Pop
Members: Maura Kennedy - vocals/guitar; Pete Kennedy - guitar/vocals

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April 2013  NEWSLETTER

 

 

 


30 Seconds At The Coffeeshop  

 (by Pete Kennedy)

 

 

A Chapter from our recent trip to Belfast:

 

A quick stop for “take away” coffee this morning at Sinnamon on Botanic Avenue in Belfast. We’re off to a special performance today. The Catholic and Protestant schools are still segregated in this lovely city that is, every day, pouring new soil over the old roots of conflict, replacing them with new seeds of compassion and community. It’s a long process, a generational one actually, and today we get to play a small role in it. 


In the gym of a Protestant elementary school, we gather with the students and their special guests; a busload of Catholic school children. The two schools sit in alternating rows, so the kids are near each other, and when they laugh and sing, two things they do quite often, they harmonize together. Facing them, we can see the whole group turn into a gaggle of kids, not representatives of political or religious factions; just kids.


First, we entertain them with songs, stories, and some discussion of their smart questions. When we ask how many have ever written a song, almost every hand goes up! When Nanci Griffith sings “It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go,” comparing social issues in Belfast and America, the kids listen attentively, pondering her commentary on the life that they live on either side of the concrete wall that divides their neighborhoods after sundown.


Then it’s time for the kids to entertain and enlighten us. After a skillful piano warmup, a young guitarist shows his stuff, playing a classic rock riff. Interestingly, he skips over a string at the same point every time, creating a jarring angularity that we all actually get to like after a few repetitions. When I try to join in, he codas quickly and sits down, headed no doubt for a solo career of unexpected modulations. He’s followed by a small boy who wields a trombone which, with slide extended, exceeds his own length by about a foot. He carefully arranges his music on the stand, and then launches into a really spirited solo piece, aiming the horn triumphantly upward and captivating us all with his enthusiasm and perfect intonation. After that, an ensemble dance routine that we thought might be traditional step dancing, but turned out to be skillful hip-hop choreography, and then the piece de resistance; a young girl who announces that she will read a letter she composed, in the character of an Irish immigrant to New York, describing the hardship of the passage and the migrant’s combination of homesickness and hope for a better life in the New World. As she reads, she transcends her “kidness” and becomes a great Irish writer. The room is silent at the end, the Americans and Irish lost in the poignancy of her story and the artistry of her composition. Then we all erupt in applause, and it’s time for group photos ; all one group, not Catholic or Protestant, American, Irish or British, just a roomful of kids and itinerant musicians who spent the morning sharing the things they all love.

 

 

 

  

Upcoming concerts

 

 

(Photo by Elizabeth Lilja)

 

This Month's Concert Spotlights on:


1) Outpost In The Burbs, Montclair, NJ. On Friday, Apil 12, The Kennedys return to Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ for a special all-request concert. Our friend and sometimes musical collaborator, Edward Rogers, opens the show.


2) World Cafe Live at the Queen Wilmington, DE. Kennedys double bill with the sensational Annalivia at the Queen, in Wilmington DE on April 18. This will be a very special show with an all request Kennedys set, Annalivia's amazing virtuosity and stage presence, and maybe some spontaneous jamming, presented by the World Cafe...also on the bill, Nora Jane Struthers.


 

 This Month's Schedule:

 

Friday, April 12 - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ


Saturday, April 13 - Sandywoods PAC, Tiverton, RI


Thursday, April 18 - Queen Theater, Wilmington, DE


Saturday, April 20 - Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA


Fri, April 26 - BACCA Arts Center, Lendenhurst, NY


Monday, April 29 - The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN (opening for Nanci Griffith)


Tuesday, April 30 - The Dakota, Minneapolis, MN

(opening for Nanci Griffith)

 

 

Click HERE For Extended Schedule & Details

 

We're coming back on our own to Ireland and the UK in May and June for a jam-packed tour (21 shows in 23 days!) Check out our full schedule for details, and get your tickets now!

 

 


 The Kennedys' endless tour continues...  

Click the "Tickets" links to the right of venue listings below to go to venue web sites to reserve tickets.



PRESS

"Just in from one of the best gigs I have seen this year. The Kennedys were superb at The Loft tonight. Wonderful music and a great U2 cover in Wild Honey. Anyone who missed it missed a treat of a gig. Hope they come back again soon." — John O'Regan, Freelance Music Journalist/Broadcaster/Lecturer


UPCOMING SHOWS

Cafe Veritas Rochester, NY Sat Sep 06 14 08:00 PM Tickets
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival Norwich, NY Sun Sep 07 14 11:00 PM Tickets
The Kennedys pay tribute to Buddy Holly at the Auburn Public Theater Auburn, NY Fri Sep 12 14 08:00 PM Tickets
Coffee Gallery Backstage Altadena, CA Fri Sep 19 14 08:00 PM Tickets
Russ & Julie's House Concerts Oak Park, CA Sat Sep 20 14 08:00 PM Tickets
Buttonwood Tree Middletown, CT Fri Sep 26 14 08:00 PM Tickets
Deb's House Concert's in Chesham Harrisville, NH Sat Sep 27 14 06:00 PM  
Delmarva Folk Festival Clayton, DE Sat Oct 04 14 12:00 PM  
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 New York, NY Fri Oct 10 14 07:30 PM Tickets
Memorial United Methodist Church White Plains, NY Sat Oct 11 14 06:30 PM  
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