EBB ‘N’ FLOW: Noriana Kennedy’s debut album features Irish & Appalachian folk music

(NOTE: Noriana Kennedy became a friend of mine when I met her Filipina mother, Manang Vising in Dublin few years ago. Manang Vising was introduced to me by another friendly Filipino, Robert Samson who happened to be a close friend of my former classmate at AIT, Bangkok. Below is the official press release of Noriana’s debut album, Ebb ‘n’ Flow launching next month – 04 May 2011. Na, congratulations and good luck…hope to see you perform in Manila!)

The release of Noriana Kennedy’s debut album Ebb ‘N’ Flow is a fresh exploration of the links between Irish and american folk music. Performed by an innovative cast of young Irish musicians – including an esteemed oldtime fiddling duo from the U.S – Ebb ‘N’ Flow brings this historic connection full circle . On her first Irish tour as a solo artist and funded by the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, Noriana Kennedy’s pristine voice takes the audience from cruel wars to kind love, from New England to Waterford, and a thousand heartworn places in between.

Ebb ‘N’ Flow was largely recorded in Dublin between September 2010 and February 2011. It features Cleek Schrey and Stephanie Coleman, a peerless fiddling duo from the U.S. The album was produced by Trevor Hutchinson, who has previously worked with Lúnasa and The Waterboys. Recurring moments of brilliance come in the form of harmonising between Noriana and Christof Van Der Ven, an emerging singer songwriter. Kennedy also called on the talents of guitarist Gerry Paul, a member of Gráda who has recently toured with Americana legend Tim O’ Brien. Other players on the album include Breton flute player Sylvain Barou, Bill Whelan from the Rough Deal String Band, and Sean Regan (Damien Dempsey, Sean Keane). Sharon Shannon continued her tradition of collaborating with the best in new Irish talent by sitting in with Noriana on Say Darling Say.

The launch of Ebb ‘N’ Flow will be marked with three shows from a red-hot six piece band. Graced by the warm stage presence of Noriana, the gigs will bring musicians versed in the oldtime and Irish tradition together. Lost love, courting, marrying, war, murder, sea faring and endurance are evoked in songs ranging from haunting ballads to lively, old-time tunes.

The tour begins on May 4th in Dublin in The Grand Social, an intimate venue in the heart of Dublin. On May 5th, Noriana Kennedy and her band play in Kelly’s Music Venue, Bridge Street, Galway. The tour concludes on May 8th in McCarthy’s, Dingle, Co. Kerry. Expect some special guests at these shows.

Some useful links for Noriana’s singing engagements/gigs and contact details: Official Website, MySpace, and Facebook Fanpage. You can listen some of her recordings, CLICK HERE.

~ by reymos on April 16, 2011.

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