Kennedy kicks off UCCPA school year

Sep 05, 2012
Nuala Kennedy

Unity — Skye Theatre will present Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Tickets are $15.

Kennedy’s singing and flute playing springs from the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, delivered via hauntingly beautiful vocals, adventurous instrumentation and an imaginative mix of influences. A consummate performer with a buoyant personality, Kennedy grew up on the East Coast of Ireland, a musical area which is steeped in mythology and has long historical links with Scotland. She started to play traditional music at age 7 when her father introduced her to her first whistle teacher. Kennedy instantly fell in love with the music and started learning traditional tunes as quickly as she could.

"I never dreamed when I started playing in that very social and visceral way that something that was such an organic part of my childhood would lead to a career in music. All I knew was that I loved the music and I wanted to play all the time," she said.

At age 18, Kennedy moved to Scotland to study at Edinburgh College Of Art. There she made many friends including fellow Irish expatriate and now mentor Cathal McConnell, whose music has had a huge influence on her. Kennedy is touring "Noble Stranger," her third solo release on Nashville's Compass Records Label.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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