Have a lovely Christmas and the happiest of New Year's and in 2002 we'll be keeping you up-to-date on what promises to be a fantastic, BK filled 2002!
A MESSAGE FROM BRIAN...........
"You may have noticed that at the start I had the band and then when the shows got a bit more up close and personal I thought It would be great to see if Calum and Liam would be free to do some shows when they weren't off with Ronan. We'd been talking about trying to get together for a while, especially as the writing had gone so well for the album....So you will be seeing some interesting combinations of musicians over the next while, such is the life of the solo artist and I'm just glad to get the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people......."
Click to read more of Brian's exclusive website interview.
Click to view a website exclusive photo.
CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2002
Brian will attend the 2002 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow on Thursday 31st January. For tickets call 0141 353 8000. For festival & venue details go to www.grch.com
A TRIBUTE TO BURT BACHARACH & HAL DAVID
You may remember while Brian was performing in Riverdance he flew over on Concorde to attend a tribute concert for Burt Bacharach and Hal David, at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Brian shared the stage with an array of other artists from Elvis Costello to Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark to Paul Carrack. The evening was also a fund raising event for the music therapy charity - Nordoff-Robbins and organised by Leo Green. With a line up like that, the evening just had to be recorded and is only now released on video and DVD. This item can be purchased through www.amazon.co.uk
Due to the demand Brian has very kindly supplied the website with the chords to 2 of his most popular songs Captured & Town
RTE News Nationwide - video clip & interview from Friday 2nd November. Go to the entertainment slot for a 5 minute piece on Brian.
Album Review of 'Get On With Your Short Life' on the 2FM website
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THE WINNERS OF THE PROMOTIONAL COPY OF 'SO WHAT IF IT RAINS' ARE:
Susan Homola, New York
Linda Moriarty, Cork
Janet Brannigan, Berwickshire
Irene Emerson, Co Kildare
Laura Simmons, Atlanta
MORE IRISH TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER 2001
01st - Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle
2nd - Jacksons Hotel, Ballyboffey
5th - Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy
6th - Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown
7th - Amnesty International, Point Depot, Dublin
12th - Devereaux's Carlow
13th - Hudson Bay, Athlone
14th - Killarney Nec
18th - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
19th - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Contact Ticketmaster for details
Enter the new exclusive website competition to win a promotional copy of 'So What If It Rains'
JULIET TURNER (DUET NEWS)
Juliet Turner releases her critically acclaimed album 'Burn the Black Suit' in the UK on November 5th. The first single to be taken from the album, also released on the 5th November, is a beautiful cover of the Tom Waits classic 'I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You', which is a duet with Brian.
MORE IRISH TOUR DATES JUST ANNOUNCED-
12th - Banjo Sherlocks, Navan
13th - The Bridge Hotel, Tullamore
16th - Greystones, Wicklow
17th - The Forum, Waterford
18th - The Silversprings Hotel, Cork - Tickets £18
20th - The Landmark Hotek, Carrick on Shannon - Tickets £18
21st - The Black Box, Galway - Tickets £18
22nd - Southern Hotel, Sligo - Tickets £18
25th - Fairways Hotel, Dundalk
Contact Ticketmaster for details
TV APPEARANCE -
Brian will be on The Kelly Show, Ulster TV on Friday 26th October.
IRISH TOUR GETS EXTRA DATES
Brian will be appearing at the following -
24th November - Rosemary St Church, Belfast with Classical String Quartet
2nd November - Culturlann - Conway St Mill, Belfast - Irish Speaking Event
1st November - The Diamond, University of Ulster, Coleraine at 7.30pm. Tickets £14/£10. Tel 028 7032 4278 also available from Jingles in Coleraine/Portrush/ Limavady
The 5 lucky winners of Brian's latest CD and limited edition t-shirt, as modelled by Brian are -
Treasa Rosmarin- NY
Martin Rooney- Dublin
Linda Thackray- London
June Foster- Liverpool
Karen Crawford- Letterkenny
KENNEDY HITS THE CHARTS AGAIN
The new album GET ON WITH YOUR SHORT LIFE enters the Irish charts at Number 6!
MORE TOUR DATES ADDED
Brian Kennedy, kicked off his Irish tour last week with the news that an extra 3 shows have been added at the Olympia Theatre on Thursday 8, Friday 9 & Saturday 10 November due to phenomenal demand.
He can also be seen on Tuesday 9th October at City Hall, Cork, Wednesday 10th October at the Radisson Hotel, Galway and Thursday 11th October at University Concert Hall, Limerick.
Tickets for all these dates are on sale now through Ticketmaster
'GET ON WITH YOUR SHORT LIFE'
The new CD from Brian is out now in Ireland.
You Take My Breath Away
Get On With Your Short Life
Call Me Old Fashioned
The Reason We Are Here
(Looking in) The Wrong Place
Don't Look At Me That Way
If You Love Me
The Wandering Kind
The Ballad of Killaloe
So What If It Rains
Brian will be signing copies of his new album 'Get On With Your Short Life' at the following records stores:
Our Price, Donegall Place, Belfast - Saturday 6th October at 1pm
Virgin Records, Cork - Tuesday 9th October at 1pm
Paul Brady will be playing 23 nights at Vicar Street Dublin during October. He intends to cover the past thirty years of his music career, from the folk days though to his more recent recordings.
Over the nights he will be doing sets with his band and with invited guests and Brian will join him on 28th October.
With the release of the new single and an up-coming tour I wanted to keep you up-to-date with Brian's promotional schedule, however please be aware that some of these are not one hundred percent confirmed.
Ireland on Sunday
The Event Guide
Late Late Show - Sept 21st
Other TV to be confirmed
Lite FM - Sat Sept 22nd at 12midday
Other radio to be confirmed
NI TV promo
John Daly Show, BBC - two songs + interview
Karen Gallagher, BBC Digital
NI Radio promo
Radio Foyle, Derry
BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra Arts and This New Day shows
NI Press Promo
Sunday World NI
Again please note that a lot of these are still to be confirmed.
THE LATE LATE SHOW - RTE ONE, IRELAND
Brian will be on The Late Late Show on Friday 14th September, which will be a special tribute programme for the tragedy in America. He will also be on next week's tv
programme singing his new single.
'GET ON WITH YOUR SHORT LIFE'
'Get On With Your Short Life' will be the first track to be released from Brian's up-coming album of the same title. The single is due for release through Sony Music in Ireland on September 21st. The tracklisting for the single is as follows:
Get On With Your Short Life (radio edit) written by BK, Ali Thomson and Chris Braide
New York - written by BK
Be Still As You Are Beautiful - written by Patrick McDonagh and BK
Here I Am - written by BK and Pat Gribben
The album is due for release on October 5th... more details coming soon!
MORE TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR IRELAND
Thursday 27th - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Friday 28th - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Saturday 29th - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Tuesday 9th - The City Hall, Cork
Wednesday 10th - The Radisson Hotel, Galway
Thursday 11th - The University Concert Hall, Limerick
Ticket information and details can be found at the Ticketmaster website.
CHERISH THE LADIES
Brian sings on the fourth track - "Bonny Blue Eyed Nancy" on the new Cherish The Ladies CD entitled - The Girls Won't Leave The Boys Alone
Sound clips and more details on the CD can be found on the amazon website
Brian appears on Chips new album - Black and Blue America which is due for release on 14th August 2001. It includes 16 new songs and features many special guest appearances. The voices of Sigmund Freud, Lucinda Williams, Gandhi, John Prine, John F. Kennedy are all to be heard on this amazing record.
More details can be found at www.trainwreckrecords.com
Trainwreck have just released a single in Ireland called Stroke City Girls, this single features Brian on backing vocals & a bonus interview hosted by Brian.
MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVAL, IRELAND
Brian will NOT be appearing at this festival on Saturday 4th August or Sunday 5th August.
BRIAN WILL BE APPEARING AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS
Port Rush, N Ireland - Gerry Anderson, Radio Ulster on 26th July
Writers Association Festival, Rostrevor - 24th July
Poets, singers and musicians gather together at his event which takes place in a small church hall. Brian will share the stage with Cathal O'Searchaigh.
DATES FOR OCTOBER
Tickets are now on sale for the following:
Date: 5th, 6th & 7th October
Venue: Millennium Theatre, Derry
Telephone: 02871 260516
MORE GIGS FOR JULY
Tickets are now on sale for the following:
Date: Saturday, July 21st
Venue: South Court Hotel, Limerick
Telephone: +353 61 487 487 (International)
(061) 487 487 (Rep of Ireland)
Date: Sunday July 22nd
Venue: West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare
Telephone: +353 65 6828421 (International)
(065) 6828421 (Rep of Ireland)
Tickets are priced at £16.50 for unreserved seating. Credit card bookings are accepted through the hotel telephone number. For more information on the above hotels visit: http://www.lynchotels.com
Brian is singing backing vocals on a single by Chip Taylor called Stroke City which is to be released in Ireland on 4th July. Chip is a country based singer, producer and songwriter of hits like Wild Thing, Angel in the Morning & Try Just A Little Bit Harder. Also, Chip Taylor is supporting John Prine on his forthcoming Irish tour.
Catch Brian at the following Summer Festivals:
Killarney, The Ireland National Events Centre (Gleneagles Hotel) on Friday 13th July
Doors 8.00pm. Tickets £22.50 + Booking Fee - Tel: 00353 4636000 (UK & NI) or 046 36000
(Rep Of Ireland)
Mary From Dungloe Festival (Dungloe, Co. Donegal) on Saturday 4th August.
Don't forget he's also playing at The Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK & tickets are now on sale for Brian's show at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, see below for detaIls.
Plans are nearly finalised for Brian's tour of Ireland and the UK. The tour will start early in October in Ireland and carry on through to November. The first confirmed dates are on 1st & 2nd October where Brian's will be playing at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast. Tickets should be going on sale shortly through the Ticketmaster website. The show features vocal contributions from Brian, Peter Corry and Maura O'Connell, singing a wide variety of nostalgic songs from the wartime period. The show is due for broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland on Friday April 13th at 9.10pm The programme tells the story in words and music of the events leading up to and after the three main air raids on the city, which have come to be know as 'The Belfast Blitz'.
Brian has added a 3rd show at Arlene's Grocery on Wednesday May 2nd at 8PM. For directions and full ticket details go to www.arlene-grocery.com or call 212 358 1633
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Brian will be performing with his band on The Main Stage on Friday 27th and Solo on The Radio 2 Stage on Saturday 28th July at The Charles Wells Cambridge Folk Festival. The festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It takes place each year at the end of July, in the beautiful setting of Cherry Hinton Hall's grounds, just within the boundary of the historic City of Cambridge. It has become hugely popular and a regular sell out attracting ten thousand people, many of whom return year after year. The Festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. The best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with more contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters and even the odd pop star. Bluegrass, gospel, cajun, zydeco, jazz, world, klezmer and a ceilidh are also regular features. The line up has reflected the many changes in the music scene from the 60s to the present and is always a hotbed mix of the old and the new. The list of performers who have appeared reads like a who's who
For more details and ticket info go to www.cam-folkfest.co.uk
Brian will be doing 2 gigs at Arlene's, 95 Stanton Street, New York, on Tuesday 24th April at 9PM & Thursday 26th April at 7.30PM, $10 Cover Charge. For directions and full details go to www.arlene-grocery.com
Brian will be peforming at The International Breast Cancer Foundation for Ireland, Annual Achievements Award Dinner in NY on Wednesday 25th
COMMEMORATION OF THE NIGHT OF THE BLITZ
BBC Northern Ireland and Belfast-based filmmakers Chistera Productions have produced a special 90 minute programme commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Belfast Blitz. Recorded last month in Belfast's Waterfront Hall, the programme is presented by BBC Northern Ireland's Donna Traynor and Mark Carruthers.
The show features vocal contributions from Brian, Peter Corry and Maura O'Connell, singing a wide variety of nostalgic songs from the wartime period. The show is due for broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland on Friday April 13th at 9.10pm The programme tells the story in words and music of the events leading up to and after the three main air raids on the city, which have come to be know as 'The Belfast Blitz'.
'STONES IN HIS POCKETS'
Brian attended the opening night of Marie Jones hit comedy play "Stones in his Pockets" at The Golden Theatre, on Broadway on Sunday 1st April. This tragic comedy, about a rural Kerry Village beseiged by a Hollywood production company, has already conquered London and opened on Broadway this week with a star-studded party officially launching the show. The BBC are making a documentary on Marie Jones, the playwright and interviewed Brian at the launch.
Brian will be a special guest support to The Corrs at The Radio City Music Hall, NY on March 16!!!. He will not be supporting The Saw Doctors on the same night as previously mentioned.
Brian will be a guest on the Gloria Hunniford show 'Open House' which is due for broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK on Monday 5th March 2001, between 14.15 - 15.28.
Brian will participate in 'Siamso na n'Gael ' - 'In Celebration of the Celtic Arts'. A fundraising event for the Old St Patrick's Church in Chicago. Participants include Michael O'Suilleabhain, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Maeve Binchy, Colin Dunne. Brian is due to sing solo at the event which starts at 8pm on Wednesday 14th March at The Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Tickets cost $20-$50 and are expected to sell out. For tickets call 312 294 3000
BBC NORTHERN IRELAND
Brian will join other special guests for a BBC N.I. Special Project in commemoration of the night of the Blitz in Belfast. The show is being recorded on 7th March at The Waterfront Hall. All tickets are being issued via the BBC
On Saturday 3rd February Brian joined Curtis Stigers on stage at The Studio, The Waterfront Hall, Belfast. They played a song which they wrote together in New York called 'Don't Look At Me That Way'. Brian also sang 'Captured' and they ended the show with 'Message In The Box'.
BBC Radio 2
Brian will be performing and doing an interview on the Johnnie Walker show on Radio 2 on Wednesday 31st January. The show is broadcast between 17.05 to 19.00 on 88-91FM and on the web at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2.
As a guideline, the usual format is that guests are normally on after 18.00, usually around 18.30 but this is not guaranteed.
BBC Radio 2 - Celtic Connections
Brian and the band will be playing two songs and having a chat with Richard Allinson on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 27th January 2001, as part of the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. It will be aired between 1530 and 1830 on 88-91FM and on the web at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
This show will be broadcast live from Border Books, Buchanan Street, Glasgow and Brian may also sing a duet with Eddi Reader.
BRIAN'S SUPPORT DATES WITH THE CORRS
Unfortunately due to illness The Corrs have had to cancel the remainder of their UK Arena tour, however, Brian and his band will still perform at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday January 26th, as part of The Celtic Connections Festival.
AIB BETTER IRELAND AWARDS
Brian performed for The Irish President & at The Allied Irish Bank Better Ireland Awards show on Saturday 20th January. The Awards which recognises achievements of community groups was broadcast live on RTE1 TV from 3 venues - Limerick, The Waterfront, Belfast & AIB Dublin. Brian performed two songs from Dublin - 'Playing with my heart' and closed the show with 'Put the message in the box'