Aids 2000 - Red Ribbon Ball
Brian will be attending and performing at The Aids 2000 Ball which is taking place at Ten Square, 10 Donegall Square South, Belfast on Saturday 22nd November. Drinks reception at 7pm followed by a four course meal. Tickets are £50 and can be obtained from Colin Angus on 07788 754809 or by email - firstname.lastname@example.org For more information go to www.aids2000.co.uk.
Gerry Anderson Show
Brian is guest on The Gerry Anderson Radio programme this Wednesday 19th November 2003 at 11.00am. Tune into BBC Radio Ulster - 94.5FM. You can also listen on-line at
From The Cradle To The Stage
'From the Cradle to the Stage' by Alan Swan is one of the most exciting books on Irish music to be released in years and proceeds from its sale will go to Fighting Blindness. In the last few decades Irish music has made an extraordinary impact globally and it is timely therefore that this chronicle allows Irish artists from every music genre to share the memories of what has helped shape their success. To their great credit, the musicians who have co-operated in this publication have chosen to do so in a way that will be an extraordinary help to the only Irish charity funding research to find cures for blindness. From traditional to classic and from rock to pop it has something for everyone with a wide variety of artists including Brian, Jim Corr, Damien Rice, Juliet Turner, The Frames, Moya Brennan, Samantha Mumba, Christy Moore, The Cranberries (Fergal Lawler), The Chieftains (Paddy Maloney), Paul Brady, Ronan Keating, Westlife (Mark Feehily), David Holmes and Ash contributing directly.
Fighting Blindness has been in existence since 1983. It is a small but dynamic charity made up of families and individuals affected by progressive blindness. Funds raised through the sale of this book will ensure this vital work is maintained and developed, bringing hope of a bright future to those currently affected by blindness and to future generations. From the Cradle to the Stage will be available in bookstores from November 12th and also online, across the world at www.poolbeg.com but you can order your copy directly from Fighting Blindness by calling Eamonn on 01 709 3050 or email email@example.com.
The John Daly Show
Brian will be on the John Daly show on Monday, 17th November 2003. The show is broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland at 10:35 pm - 11:15 pm
Irish Film & TV Awards 2003
'Brian Kennedy On Song' was short-listed for the Best Entertainment category at the recent Irish Film & Television Awards. The Awards ceremony held in Dublin's Burlington Hotel on November 1st 2003, was a highly prestigious and glamorous evening with a host of film stars, TV personalities, executive directors, producers and distinguished guests in attendance. The evening was televised and broadcast on RTE1 on November 2nd at 8pm
The Short-listed nominees for the BEST ENTERTAINMENT were:
Brian Kennedy On Song - BBC NI
Amu Amigos Amazon - Adare Productions
Only Fools Buy Horses - Red Pepper Productions
Ryan Confidential - Colin Farrell - Blueprint Productions
The Late Late Show Special - Richard Harris - RTE
And the award went to: Amu Amigos Amazon - Adare Productions
New dates announced for Ireland
Monday 8th - Market Place Theatre, Armagh - www.marketplacearmagh.com Tele: +44 (0) 28 3752 1821
Tuesday 9th - Market Place Theatre Armagh - www.marketplacearmagh.com Tele: +44 (0) 28 3752 1821
Wednesday 17th - Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown - www.burnavon.com Tel: +44 28 867 67994
Thursday 18th - Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown - www.burnavon.com Tel: +44 28 867 67994
Saturday 27th - Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle - www.hastingshotels.com Tele: +44 (0) 28 4372 1066
Sunday 28th - Holiday Inn, Letterkenny - www.holidayinnletterkenny.net Tele: 00353 74 912 4369
Monday 29th - Canal Court Hotel, Newry - www.canalcourthotel.com Tel: 02830 251234
Monday 2nd - Saturday 7th - The Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin
Venue Details: www.gaietytheatre.net Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.ie
Box Office: + 353 1 677 1717 For tickets: 0818 719 300 For tickets Int. 0035314569569
'A Celebration of James Young'
Brian is a great fan of the late Ulster comedian James Young and has very kindly provided the foreword for a new biography. The illustrated paperback is entitled 'Our Jimmy - A Celebration of James Young' by Andrew McKinney and is published by Brehon Press. The book is available now in Easons bookstores and other retailers or online at www.ourjimmy.com/book.htm.
Belfast Festival at Queens
The Opening Concert was broadcast live from the Ulster Hall, Belfast on BBC Radio Ulster. If you missed the broadcast then log on to Radio Ulster's website where the concert is archived.
Brian's Promotional Diary For Australia.
Remember a lot of the radio stations offer live streaming so we can tune in from around the world.
Tuesday 30th September
8.15am - National 'Sunrise. Channel 7. Live to air TV interview and performance.
7.15PM - Radio 2RRRFM. Live to air radio interview with Gerry Comerford - www.2rrr.org.au
The Australian, national daily broadsheet. Interview with Iain Shedden
The Sunday Mail, Brisbane
Alwyn Atuney - Gold Coast Sun
Radio 2UE - Performance and Interview with Dave Prior - www.2ue.com
Wednesday 1st October
11.10am - Radio 2. Live to air interview with Mike Bailey - www.radio-two.com.au
1.15pm - The Basement.com. Live to air interview and performance with Cleo Glyde - thebasement.com.au
West Australian. Interview with Ray Purvis
Queensland Times. Interview with Jade Walker
ABC Radio Canberra. Interview and Performance with Andrea Close - www.abc.net.au/canberra
Radio 2KY. Recorded interview with Donnie Sutherland - www.2ky.com.au
ABC Radio Gold Coast. Interview and Performance with Briony Petch - Interview is now on-line at: www.abc.net.au/goldcoast
Thursday 2nd October
11.35am - ABC Radio Sunshine Coast. Interview with Mary-Lou Thorpe
Blue Magazine. Interview with Tim Benzie.
Friday 3rd October
10.00am - Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton, Channel 10.
12.45pm - Basement Discs, Melbourne. In-store performance and CD signing.
Sunday 5th October
8.30am - Radio 2SERFM live to air interview with Michael Lyons - www.2ser.com
Tuesday 7th October
8.00am - Radio 2GB live to air performance and interview with Alan Jones - www.2gb.com
Wednesday 8th October
Am - Channel 9 for a live to air performance on KAK
5.30pm - ABC Radio Brisbane for live to air interview/performance with Steve Austin on Drive Time.
Friday 17th October
PM - The Music Show on Radio National. Recorded interview/performance with Andrew Ford. Will air Saturday AM
Remember a lot of the radio stations offer live streaming so we can tune in from around the world. Some interviews might even be archived. Check out www.abc.net.au/goldcoast to listen to Brian's interview from 1st October.
Belfast Festival at Queens
This year's festival opens with a unique collaboration, a concert which brings together classical music and traditional Irish music and song. Brian will be starring alongside Cara Dillon, Anuna & The Ulster Orchestra at The Ulster Hall, Belfast on Friday 24th October at 8pm. Tickets cost £18.00 and can be booked on-line at www.belfastfestival.com or from their Box Office on 02890 272626 The concert is due to be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster and recorded for BBC2 Northern Ireland and BBC4 (the BBC's digital arts and music channel).
An unreleased track of Brian's is featured on this new compilation of songs in the Irish language. The album also features performances by Altan, Katie McMahon from Riverdance fame, The Dubliners and others. Brian's track is called 'Taimse Im Chodladh' which is from Brian's 'On Song' TV show but is not featured on the soundtrack album. The liner notes feature detailed explanations on the Gaelic language, the Irish song tradition, collectors and collections and also artist biographies and track notes and is printed in English, German, French and Spanish. The CD will be released in September and will be featured shortly on the ARC Music website at www.arcmusic.co.uk
Dates for Derry
Details have just been announced that Brian is to play three nights at The Millennium Theatre, Derry from 27th - 29th November. Tickets range between £18.50-£21.00 and are available through the Box Office on 028 71264455. Visit their website for more venue details - www.millenniumforum.co.uk
Tour News For Australia
Following on from Brian's July promotional tour, we are pleased to announce his return. Below are the list of dates where you can catch Brian on tour throughout October. Ticket and venue information coming shortly.
Friday 3rd The Celtic Club Melbourne,
Saturday 4th Penrith Gaels Kingswood
Tuesday 7th The Basement Sydney
Thursday 9th The Irish Club Brisbane
Friday 10th Club Zamia Nth Tamborine
Saturday 11th Paradise Room Gold Coast
Monday 13th The Clarendon Katoomba
Tuesday 14th The Basement Sydney
Thursday 16th Tilley's Devine Cafe Canberra
Friday 17th The Cornish Arms Melbourne
Saturday 18th The Hepburn Palais Hepburn Springs
Sunday 19th Church of The Trinity Adelaide
Monday 20th The Civic Hotel Perth
Brian to appear at The Rathlin Island Festival, N. Ireland
Brian is to provide the entertainment during this songwriters weekend which takes place on Rathlin Istland. Limited tickets are available from Heather Newcombe by email - firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone -028 20 762853 (day) / 028 20 63352 (evening).
The concert takes place on Saturday 6th September at around 9.30pm. Tickets cost £15.00.
Ferry times and information can be obtained from 028 20 769299 or from their website at www.calmac.co.uk
Private boat hire can be obtained from Adrian Park on 028 20 762372
Please note there is no accommodation on the island!!
A Novel in the making.....
During the first week of July Brian signed a publishing deal for two novels with Hodder Headline Publishers. As part of the WH Smith group they are one of the most successful, dynamic and fastest-growing consumer book publishers in Britain. They publish many of the best known authors today covering both fiction and non-fiction. These include James Patterson, Tom Clancy, Jennifer Johnston, Faye Kellerman, Ken Hom & Anthony Worrall Thompson. Brian's first novel is due to be published in Autumn 2004.
Brian to head back to Australia in October
Brian is back from his jam-packed two week tour of Australia to promote his 'Get On With Your Short Life' CD which was released there on May 5th through Sony Music. Sydney and Melbourne were his base where he covered an incredible amount of interviews, some of which can be viewed on-line. If you missed his live interview with Derek Guille then the good news is you can listen to it in full on-line at www.abc.net.au His 2 live shows were so well received he now has plans to go back there in October for more performances. Watch this space for up-dates coming soon.
Brian's Australian Schedule
Live showcase performances -
Saturday 19th July - Cornish Arms Hotel, 163A Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne:
(03) 9380 8383 Tickets $11. More details at www.cornisharms.com.au
Thursday 24th July - The Basement Club, 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay, Sydney
On before Brian Cadd. Tickets through the box office at the club - (02) 9251-2797.
More details at www.thebasement.com.au
The list below covers Brian's schedule which will go out live at the time of his performance.
Friday 11th July
7.50am ABC Radio Sydney
Live performance/interview with James Valentine - host of Radio 2BL
Saturday 12th July
11.15am Radio 3ZZZFM - Melbourne
Live to air radio interview with Ms Chris Moloughney
Sunday 13th July
8.30am Radio 2SERFM Sydney
Live to air radio interview with Mike Bailey
Tuesday 15th July
8.00pm Radio 2RRRFM Sydney - Irish Community Radio
Live to air radio interview with Gerry Comeford
Thursday 17th July
8.00pm ABC Radio Live
Live to air radio interview/performance with Derek Guile.
Friday 18th July
11.00am Radio 3AK
Live to air interview/performance with Phil Cleary
Saturday 19th July
10.45am Radio Triple R Community Satellite Radio National Network (30 stations)
Live to air interview/performance -
Monday 21st July
7.30 - 8.15am Channel 7 - National AM TV Show 'Sunrise'
Live to air performance & interview
11.00am The Basement.com
Live to air interview/performance with Doug Mulray on the basement.com web
Tuesday 22nd July
9.00am+ Channel 9 - National Television Show KAK
Live to air Performance & Interview
Listed below are pre-recorded interviews, please contact the station for further details:
ABC TV Studios
Record two songs for National TV ABC Arts On Sunday program.
JOYFM - Eleanor Hills for the Whiskey and Lemonade Program.
Northern Beaches Community Radio - Barry Williams
Irish Radio Manly - Ann Tomlin
2WSFM Sydney - Simon Carey
Radio 2KY - Donnie Sutherland
(Will be broadcast Sunday 13th July)
Radio 3CR Melbourne (Celtic Programme) - Ann McAllistair
Radio 2UE - Dave Prior
ABC TV - National TV ABC Arts
Look out for printed interviews in the following:
Sasha Noad DNA Magazine
Des O'Donnell The Irish Echo
Warwick McFayden The Sunday Age - Melbourne - Interview now online at www.theage.com Above photo from article.
Megan Breen FX Newspaper - Melbourne
Michael Smith The Drum
Allie Pope Austral/Irish News
Brian visits Australia
Brian flew out to Australia on Sunday 6th July to prepare for his jam-packed two week promotional tour. His line up of radio and TV promotion is based between Sydney and Melbourne, but with the 'live' radio website links we should be able to track his progress.
The Rose of Tralee
The 45th Rose of Tralee International Festival takes place from 22nd - 26th August. A wide range of entertainment is provided over the five days and Brian is confirmed to appear in the Dome on Sunday 24th August. Tickets are now on sale priced €20. Support from Juliet Turner. More Festival information can be obtained from their website at www.roseoftralee.ie
The Wexford Festival Opera
For over fifty years the Irish coastal town has been seducing the world with wonderful productions of rare opera presented as part of a unique festival. Opera is the beating heart of the Festival, and the Wexford company of artists, drawn from all over the world, participate in many of the daytime events as well as in the main productions at night. Brian is participating in the Late Night entertainment section at The Barn (The White's Hotel ) on Sunday 26th October at 11.30pm Tickets cost €15. Booking information can obtained through their website www.wexfordopera.com
Brian heads to Australia
Yes the rumour is now over and it's official! Brian is heading Down Under early July to participate in some solo shows and publicity appearances. His itinerary is still being finalised so perhaps if you are in that area you may wish to monitor the local press.
Brian to appear on 'Coulter & Company'
RTE announced a new music-driven entertainment show called 'Coulter & Company', hosted by one of Ireland’s best-known and celebrated composers, musicians and songwriters - Phil Coulter. The series of ten shows, which will be recorded by RTE and broadcast every Friday night on RTE 1 at 9.30pm from 27th June. The show will feature a host of national and international stars from the worlds of music, film, sport and television and was filmed in front of a live audience at the acclaimed University Concert Hall over a two week period. Brian joined Phil Coulter at the University Concert Hall on Saturday 5th July. Other guests performing that evening were Ronan Keating, Michael Leonard & The Celtic Tenors. The show is due to be aired on RTE on Friday 29th August.
Dates for Scotland
The following dates of are now confirmed. I have requested ticket and venue information and will add details shortly.
Monday 18th August: Aberdeen - The Lemon Tree. For box office information see lemontree.org
Wed 20th - Fri 22nd August: Edinburgh - The Reid Hall. See below for details
'Flame of Hope' arrives in Ireland
The Olympic torch for the Special Olympics 2003 World Games arrived in Bangor, County Down at 10.30am on Friday 13th June after starting its journey in Athens, Greece. It will shortly travel to Stormont where there will be a concert to welcome the flame. This signals the start of the final countdown to the 2003 World Games. Brian is due to perform at the concert accompanied by a two school choirs. Watch out for TV and Radio Coverage throughout the day. The flame will then tour Ireland before it arrives at the Opening Ceremony in Croke Park, Dublin on Saturday 21st June. The games run until 29th June. For more information on the Special Olympics go to www.2003worldgames.com
Caledonia - Scotland's leading magazine, covers culture, fashion, current affairs, beauty, style, interiors & social events - just about all the good things in life. This makes a perfect home then for the recent interview with Brian. Make sure it is the August issue you pick up. More information from their website or 0131 476 4670.
T on the Fringe 2003 (www.tonthefringe.com)
BRIAN KENNEDY at The Reid Hall, Reid Quad, Bristo Square, Edinburgh.
Wednesday 20th August - 7pm
Thursday 21st August - 9.15pm
Friday 22 August - 7pm
In August, T on the Fringe returns for the fourth year, bringing with it another spectacular and varied line-up of big-name stars and upcoming acts. Timed to coincide with the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which brings visitors to the city from all over the world, in its short life TOTF has already managed to become an integral part of the world’s biggest arts festival, adding cutting-edge music to an already varied mix.
For a Fringe brochure contact - Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS
0131 226 0026 or email: email@example.com
Box Office & Info: 0131 662 8740. www.uoefo.com Tickets - £12.50.
The Guilfest 2003
Brian is confirmed to appear at the Guildford Festival on Sunday 6th July. He is due to perform on The Uncut Magazine Stage at approx 1.00pm. Tickets can be purchased through their website at www.guilfest.co.uk or on the Ticket Hotline Number 01483 454159.
Radio 2 are recording the Festival live over the whole weekend and there is a good chance they will cover the Uncut Magazine Stage.
Ticket Information for The Hiring Festival' - Strabane
Available from the following outlets:
STRABANE Kelly's, Katy Daly's Nightclub or Sounds So Good
DERRY Soundsaround or Cool Discs
OMAGH Route 66
LETTERKENNY The Music Centre
The Irish Music Magazine
Brian's interview is now featured in the July issue of this monthly Irish magazine. It's in the shops and on sale now.
In-store Personal Appearances at Caroline Music, N. Ireland
Brian will be appearing at the following record stores:
Friday 30th May
Caroline Music, Enniskillen - 6pm
Saturday 31st May
Caroline Music, Lisburn - 11am
Caroline Music, Newry - 2.30pm
An Evening of Celtic Poetry and Song with Brian Kennedy
Also featuring Juliet Turner and Cathal Ó Searcaigh at St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast on
Monday 4th August 2003. Doors open - 7.15pm. Event starts - 7.50pm. Ticket Price - £7.00
Tickets go on sale - Monday 2nd June from The Belfast Visitors & Convention Bureau, Donegall Place, Belfast.
Tel: 028 90 239026 or The Ashton Centre, 2 Churchhill Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 90 742255
The Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Brian will be playing at The Waterfront Hall on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th November 2003.
Tickets are £22.00/£20.00/£18.00 and are on sale now. For Credit Card Bookings & Information contact The Waterfront Hall Box Office - 02890 334455 (10am-6pm) or Ticketmaster - 0870 243 4455 (24 hours). Online bookings at www.ticketmaster.ie
'Get On With Your Short Life' CD
This CD is now officially released in Australia. It was was released there on May 5th through Sony Music.
Brian to headline 'The Hiring Festival' - Strabane
Details have just been released that Brian will headline this outdoor Festival held at the Score Site in Strabane on 28th June. Other acts confirmed are Mickey Harte (Ireland's Eurovision entry - from Strabane) and The Back Beat Beatles.
Ticket details will be announced shortly.
Tune into Ireland AM - the TV breakfast show hosted by Claire Byrne and Mark Cagney on TV3 between 7.00-10.00am this coming Monday morning - 12th May.
The Irish World. Xenia Poole the reporter for the 'Live & Reelin' section of this weekly paper met up with Brian in London. Read what she has to say about his life on song, on fame and on hair.
The John Daly Show. Brian, Jeremy Edwards, Donal MacIntyre & Owen O'Neill will all be guests off John's on his Friday night show, broadcast on Friday 2nd May on BBC N. Ireland from 9.00 -10.00pm.
Brian will be performing live and signing CDs at HMV Records in Grafton Street, Dublin at 3pm on Sunday 11th May.
The Irish Music Magazine.
Look out for an interview of Brian's in an up-coming edition of this monthly Irish magazine.
Brian was recently interviewed by Penny Gray for the Dublin Daily newspaper. It is now confirmed that the feature will be published on Wednesday 30th March.
Celtic Roots -
BBC Radio Scotland's traditional and Celtic music website are giving away a copy of Brian's new CD. You could be the proud owner of this new album by e-mailing the answer to the question found on the BBC website. The competition will run until Wednesday 23rd April so get your entries in quick.
More Radio Interviews.
Brian is back in the UK again to promote his new CD. This is the most up-to-date list, however do look out for new additions which will be added shortly. More
'Brian Kennedy on Song'
Brian's new CD went straight in at NUMBER 5 in the Irish charts!!!! Yes above the likes of Coldplay, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake! The new CD from Curb Records was released in Ireland on Friday 4th April 2003 and in the UK on Monday 7th April.
Brian's Radio & TV Schedule
Over the next few days Brian has a radio promotion schedule which covers the length and breadth of the country. The list is quite incredible. The live broadcasts start from Monday 7th April so get these radio dial sets. More
LBC Radio Station
Brian will join UK Sony Radio Award winner, David Prever on Tuesday 8th April. This London based station broadcasts on 97.3FM and also on the internet at lbc.co.uk. Tune in between 2-4pm to listen to Brian's live interview.
The Late Late Show.
Brian was on Pat Kenny's show on Friday 4th April. He sang The Isle of Innisfree backed by a quartet - 3 violins and a cello. He was warmly introduced by Pat who also mentioned the CD and Brian's CD signing at Celtic Note. Although the programme has been aired it does repeat, wait for it, at 3.40 - 5.30am on Thursday 10th April on RTE1 TV.
Brian will co-present The Lunchbox with presenter Philip Cawley on Thursday 10th April between 1-2pm. Tune in to 100-102FM or listen on-line at www.todayfm.com The phone lines will be open to take your requests and comments so call Dublin - 1850 715100 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open House - RTE1 Television.
Watch Brian performing two songs and chatting on this magazine type programme presented by Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelen. Brian's performance will be broadcast on Tuesday 15th April between 2.50 - 4.20 pm. As far as I am aware the programme repeats the following morning between 6.25 - 7.35.
In-store CD signings for N. Ireland
Golden Discs - Bangor at 12 Noon
Golden Discs - Donegall Place, Belfast at 2pm
Goldon Discs - Kennedy Centre, Belfast at 4pm
In-store signing - London
Brian will also be heading to London to promote the release of his new CD. He will be performing and signing CDs at Sanity Record Store in the Swiss Cottage area of London on Wednesday 9th April at 1pm. Their full address is 7 Harben Parade, Finchley Road, London, NW3 6JP. Can't think of a better way to spend a lunch hour!
We would like to know if you can make it along - please drop me an E-mail if you think you can make it!
'Get On With Your Short Life' News
Curb Records are currently working on an American and Australia release for the 'Get On With Your Short Life' CD. At the moment it looks like mid to late May. Watch this space for more details!
Exclusive details of Brian's new CD - 'Brian Kennedy On Song'
We did promise you would get the news first and here it is.... 'Brian Kennedy on Song' the new CD from Curb Records is to be released in Ireland on Friday 4th April 2003 and in the UK on Monday 7th April. The CD covers a variety of Irish classic songs - from old ballads to more contemporary tunes. It features tracks from the first series of the TV programme - 'BK on Song', broadcast early 2003 on BBC N. Ireland, however due to popular demand a bonus track of 'You Raise Me Up' has been added.
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
The Mountains of Mourne
The Homes of Donegal
Dirty Old Town
Margaret Barry Broke My Heart
Curragh of Kildare
Whiskey In The Jar
The Field of Athenry
Will Ye Go Lassie Go
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
Isle of Innisfree
The Town I Loved So Well
My Lagan Love
Bonus Track: You Raise Me Up
A Day To Remember - Goliath Go To Sea
Brian is one of the musical guests on 'A Day To Remember' broadcast on BBC N. Ireland on Friday 21 March at 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Wendy Austin introduces the stories and legends associated with some sea-going giants built in Belfast - Titanic, Sea Quest, Myrina, Canberra. Her guests include James Ellis, George Jones, Roy Walker, Dan Gordon, Olivia Nash and Tom O'Connor. Music is provided by Brian and Russell Watson.
Iain Anderson - BBC Radio Scotland
As you know Brian performed at this year's Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and stayed on to take part in the Iain Anderson Show.
Due to popular demand the programme originally broadcast on Friday 24th January 2003 is scheduled to be repeated on Friday 28th March, between 21.05 - 22.00. Radio listeners can tune on 92.4-94.7 FM & 810 MW. The show is also broadcast on-line at www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland and through digital TV.
Ask Brian Kennedy
Brian answered your questions in a recent live event organised by BBC Northern Ireland. The webchat which went out live on Friday 28th February at 10pm, saw a great mix of questions. If you missed it and want to know what was asked, then we have good news! A transcript will be available from Monday 3rd March on the BBC Website.
The Meteor Ireland Music Awards
Brian will attend the Meteor Music Awards held at The Point Theatre, Dublin on Monday 3rd March 2003. Dara O'Briain will host the show and Bono will be this years recipient of the Humanitarian Award. Sir Bob Geldof will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Simply Red, B2K amongst others are due to be performing. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. The show will then be broadcast in Ireland on Wednesday 5th March on RTE Network 2 at 9.10pm-11.10pm
Ask Brian Kennedy
Because of technical problems Brian's BBC webchat had to be reschelued to the new confirmed date of Friday 28th at 10.00pm. At least we have more time to get the question in!
Lyric FM - 96-99FM
Tune into the Irish radio station Lyric FM on Thursday 27th February at 8.00pm to hear Bernard Clarke present the Irish Chamber Orchestra with Brian and pianist Michéal O`Suilleabhain, recorded recently at University Concert Hall, Limerick. Their website has all the frequency details as well as a live steam link.
Unfortunately tonight's BBC webchat was cancelled due to technical difficulties. Brian will reschedule the chat as quickly as possible, perhaps over the next few days. Please keep checking here for further announcements.
New Tour Date:
Sunday 23rd - Opera House, Cork, Ireland. Box Office 00353 (0)21 454 3210 www.corkoperahouse.ie
Ask Brian Kennedy
BBC Northern Ireland are hosting an 'Ask Brian Kennedy' web chat on Friday 21st 2003 at 10.00pm, directly after the broadcast of Brian's show - 'Kennedy on Song'. Send your questions in now completing the form at www.bbc.co.uk/talkni and join the web chat between 10.00-10.45 to see if your question is answered. Happy chatting!
New Tour Date:
Thursday 13th - University Concert Hall, Limerick.
Catch Brian on First Stop
Christine Bleakley one of the presenters of the TV programme - First Stop caught up with Brian for a chat.
This TV programme was aired on BBC N. Ireland on Wednesday 29th January but the good news is they have it archived for a week on their website. Go to the BBC website for this exclusive chat.
Ireland AM - TV3
Ireland AM - the TV breakfast show hosted by Claire Byrne and Mark Cagney on TV3. Each weekday morning they are joined by Ireland's top personalities and Brian will be their guest on Thursday 30th January. Tune in at around 8.15pm for the interview and a possible airing of the music video - 'Get On With Your Short Life'.
Brian Kennedy On Song - BBC TV N. Ireland
The countdown is on!! Brian's new BBC TV Programme - 'Brian Kennedy on Song' starts Friday 31st January at 9.30pm. This new six part music series, shot on location around Ireland presented by Brian Kennedy, reveals the history of and stories associated with a variety of Irish classic songs - from old ballads to more contemporary tunes. In the first programme, Brian travels to West Kerry, County Sligo and Cong, County Mayo, chatting to Ger Farrelly, son of Dick Farrelly, the former policeman who wrote The Isle of Innisfree, made famous through out the world by the classic John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara film, The Quiet Man. Brian performs the song on the same, now disused railway platform at Cong, used in the film.
The series also features performances from Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts, Coronation Street), Anuna, The Dubliners, Adrian Dunbar, The McPeakes, Calum and Neil MacColl and Paul Brady, with further contributions from the likes of John Daly, Patrick Kielty, Gloria Hunniford, John Hume, Gerry Anderson, Liam Clancy, Tommy Makem, Diarmuid Gavin, Bryan Ferry and Craig Doyle.
Over the course of six programmes, Brian looks at the history of some of the best known Irish songs, from Danny Boy to The Mountains of Mourne, Whiskey in the Jar to Carrickfergus, performing many of them with celebrity guests at breathtaking locations in counties Antrim, Donegal, Down, Derry, Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Sligo. Brian and his guests uncover some of the mysteries surrounding their origins, while others share personal memories and thoughts about the songs. The BBC has commissioned Brian for another series of six shows before transmission of the first series has even begun. An accompanying CD will be released in conjunction with the series, watch this space for release date details.
Brian will read several of his short stories, maybe an unpublished one too.... and perhaps finish off with a few songs at Glor - Irish Music Centre, Ennis 8pm. Tickets 6 Euros. 00353 65 684 3103 www.glor.ie
Saturday 8th - University Concert Hall, Limerick
Friday 14th - Armagh City Hotel, N. Ireland
Ticket and venue information in the diary section.
Celtic Connections & Radio Scotland
The festival is celebrating it's 10th anniversary and BK fans are getting an extra treat this year, especially those who are unable to make it to Glasgow. As you know Brian performed in the main hall on monday night and has been invited back to take part in a BBC Radio Scotland broadcast for the Iain Anderson Show. For the Festival Iain Anderson records his show each week day evening from The Exhibition Hall at The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and Brian was there to record his session on Wednesday 22nd January. Radio listeners can hear the broadcast on Friday 24th January from 9.05-10.00pm. So tune in to 92.4-94.7 FM & 810 MW or on-line at www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/radioscotland or even through digital TV. If you miss it then the good news is the programme will be archived for one week starting Saturday 25th January. Having attended the recording all I can say is don't miss it. The entire programme is dedicated to Brian who sings eight tracks live and acoustically. The setting was so intimate and cosy and he obviously was very relaxed as he chatted away and looked right at home.
Brian turns Radio Show host!
So did you listen to Brian covering Gerry Anderson's radio show? He seems to tackle each new role he pursues with such ease. Radio presenting certainly comes naturally to him and I felt he was right at home!! If you are interested I have included Brian's Playlist. Certainly an excellent variety.
The Definitive Irish Folk Collection Volume II
The track Eist A Stor which Brian and Maire Brennan duet on is included in this double compilation CD. Other artists include Sinead O'Connor, Paul Brady and The Dubliners.
Catalogue Number: 5100932
Release Date: 11th November 2002
Celebrated Citizens of Belfast By John Bradbury
This book features entertaining biographies of over 120 selected individuals - historical and contemporary, from all walks of life, who are strongly connected to the vibrant city of Belfast. Brian's biography is listed and joins names like Van Morrison, Cathal O'Bryne, Brian Kennan and Kenneth Branagh to name a few. The book is available now through Appletree Press, Belfast (www.appletree.ie)
Brian turns Radio Show host and covers the Gerry Anderson Show
Gerry Anderson is one of Ireland’s most popular broadcaster’s and his daily two hour radio show is broadcast on Radio Foyle/Ulster. Brian a previous guest of the show was approached to host the show while Gerry takes a week’s break, so from Monday 13th January you will be able to listen to Brian in Ireland on 792MW or 93.1 FM, from 10.30am to 12.00 noon BST or on-line at www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/
You can send in your requests, dedications, general chat to email@example.com. So organise yourself, stock up on these audio tapes, set the alarm clock, postpone dinner, make sure you are free whatever time it is in your part of the world. There is no excuse now not to hear Brian!
The Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Brian is now confirmed to play the Waterfront Hall, Belfast for a second night on Saturday 15th March. Tickets are on sale now. Full ticket and venue information is in the diary section.