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Maura Kennedy / Press

““I had high hopes for Villanelle and it does not disappoint. Maura Kennedy’s voice is as angelic as ever, the songs are all solid. The collaboration with B.D. brings something new while maintaining Maura’s trademark and effective song-writing style. Maura has taken this new departure to create a really unusual album I will listen to again and again.””

““Maura’s album, a collaboration with poet B.D. Love, is, not surprisingly, a strong showcase for Maura’s lovely, expressive voice–never better on record, in our view–and her melodies, set here to Love’s vibrant words. Villanelle’s 15 songs shine brightly, from the classically-styled pop song, “Bicycles With Broken Spokes,” with its ringing guitars and clever wordplay... to the gently driving, soulful “She Worked Her Magic On Me”; and the magical, swampy “Be the One,” which wouldn’t have been out of place on a Creedence Clearwater Revival album. If we gave out stars, there would be five of them in both Maura’s and B.D.’s baskets."”

““At fifteen songs long, there isn’t a bad, or even an average one...There’s no argument here about whether song lyrics are poetry or not because that’s how these lyrics started. Maura Kennedy has risen to an incredibly difficult technical challenge by crafting arrangements across a wide variety of styles which enhance the poetry and, as always, her lead and harmony vocals are perfect...The result is an album that’s technically flawless and packed with feeling and emotion. You can’t ask for much more than that. (Four stars) ””

"The music Maura wrote for B.D. Love’s words verges on the magical, and the poignant lyrics evoked for me the love poems written by W. B. Yeats for his enchantress and muse."

“Parade of Echoes is a shimmering blend of classic-sounding pop and folk, with gorgeous harmonies. And Maura's songs are catchy, to be sure, but also brimming with intelligence and vivid imagery.”

“Over the last fifteen years we've come to expect only Maura Kennedy's best. "Parade of Echoes" surpasses those great expectations...an extraordinary solo debut”

Mike Jurkovic - FAME (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)

“On her first "solo" venture, Ms. Kennedy unleashes her better pop angels and her most tormenting demons on "Parade of Echoes," a near-Spectorian symphony of ebullient/anguished ruminations on any True Lover's worst fears, denials and fervent hopes.”

“Maura Kennedy's vocal delivery charms on command.”

Jeff Lincoln - Country Standard Time

“Chiming guitars and catchy melodies get served up neatly by Maura Kennedy's wonderful, wonderful voice.”

Duke Egbert - Daily Vault

“Maura's voice painted the night with a lovely, lush and rich glow.”

Mark Bialczak - Syracuse Post Standard

“Maura’s sweet, reedy voice is versatile enough to tackle a wide range of styles. ”

Sarah McQuaid - Evening Herald, Dublin, Ireland

“Last night I witnessed an incredibly brave, gutsy little lady pull off the amazing feat of performing Ray Davies' epic "Shangra-La" all by herself, just her and her guitar. Beautifully. Her name is Maura Kennedy and now I am a fan!”

Gene Casey - The Lone Sharks

"As for Maura, at some point music fans will suddenly realize that her gorgeous, expressive vocals bring an abundance of sincerity and easy soulfulness to the genre that places her in the top echelon of singers."

Thomas Staudter - The Gazette