Nuala Kennedy is a celebrated traditional Irish musician and internationally acclaimed flute player and singer from Dundalk, Co. Louth
On August 4th she will be headlining the Spirit Store as part of her European tour.
Touted as “spellbinding” and “a delight,” by the Irish Times, her live performances inspired her return to the studio to record ‘Noble Stranger’, a road-tested collection of innovative originals and traditional songs recorded in Scotland with her touring band.
Kennedy uses her traditional music background as a springboard for the new album which offers a 12 song set on which her adventurous instrumentation and progressive arrangements shine.
Nuala who grew up in Dundalk, started to play traditional music at the age of seven when her father introduced her to her first whistle teacher.
Nuala instantly fell in love with the music and started learning traditional tunes as quickly as she could.
By the age of twelve she graduated to wooden flute and became a member of a local ceilidh band ‘Ceoltoiri Oga Oghrialla’.
The band, comprising several now highly respected traditional musicians, won the all Ireland Gradam award for the under twenty-one age group when Nuala was just thirteen.
Nuala says “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.”
“Noble Stranger, you have ventured to me from the land of your fathers,” sings Kennedy on Noble Stranger’s final track “Napoleon’s Dream,” a sentiment that reflects the underlying theme of the album. In joining the burgeoning New York folk music scene, she has also imported her distinct virtuosity and strong sense of traditional Irish identity—an identity that, inspired by her many influences, continues to evolve and define new boundaries for her tradition.
Tickets to the ‘Noble Stranger’ launch night in the Spirit cost 10e and can be purchased online at www.spiritstore.ie
Doors open at 8.30pm.