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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2809: Frank Turner

 
By on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

English troubadour Frank Turner has become something of a fixture in Austin during SXSW. He came to Texas for SXSW 2018 with a fistful of new songs in his back pocket, all of which will presumably feature on his forthcoming album ‘Be More Kind’. I heard him play several of the new tracks at the Palm Door on Sixth in downtown Austin on the Thursday night of SXSW; stay tuned for a review of that show in the coming days. But one of the songs he notably didn’t play at that gig was ‘Blackout’, which was officially released the following day.

Having now had a listen to ‘Blackout’, I can see why Turner might have chosen not to play it in the acoustic set at the Palm Door. Laced with synth vibes and dance beats, ‘Blackout’ is a sharp left turn from his typical folk rock sound. Turner himself has described it as “new territory for me – a song you could even play in a club”. I’m not sure it goes quite that far, but it’s a definite change of pace: long time Frank Turner fans, be warned. Watch Frank take a stab at dancing in the promo video for ‘Blackout’ just below, and decide for yourself how you feel about the its pop-tinged sound. Frank Turner’s ‘Be More Kind’ LP is due out on the 4th of May via Xtra Mile/Polydor. TGTF’s extensive past coverage of Frank Turner is collected back through here.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Album Review: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

 
By on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

CMA album coverAlt-country singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews appeared last week in Austin for SXSW 2018, to preview her forthcoming seventh album ‘May Your Kindness Remain’. Andrews garnered attention in the UK last year with the re-release of ‘Honest Life’, her self-produced sixth record, which drew comparisons to Laurel Canyon-style folk artists like Joni Mitchell. But where ‘Honest Life’ had more of a folk flavour, ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ finds itself firmly in the country category, albeit a more old-school, traditional country sound than you might hear on mainstream radio on either side of the pond.

Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits), ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ captures both a well-worn country sensibility and a fresh, modern take on the traditional style, with subtle elements of rock and blues sweetening the mix. Lyrically, the album was inspired by Andrews’ 10 years of life on the road as a touring musician, and it deals with themes that feel at once timeless and conspicuously current. She says:

The people that I’ve met on the road these past few years got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family,” Andrews says. “It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues. People are constantly chasing that bigger life. A lot of people are poor in America—and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or sad, or depressed or unfulfilled. A lot of people—myself included at some point in my life—are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.

Gospel-tinged title track ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ addresses that idea in straighforward fashion, but with an underlying message of optimism. Lyrics like “fortune might buy diamonds, all shiny and new / but it can’t buy you happiness or love, that is true” might seem trite when written on a blank page, but they ultimately ring sincere when couched in Andrews’ simple melodies and her gently yodeling folk-country vocal style. The dynamic growth of her singing voice in the song’s powerful chorus showcases both strength and subtle emotion.

The album’s fundamental optimism is reprised later in the tracklisting with another gospel-laced track ‘Kindness of Strangers’, which celebrates small favours in the face of unrelenting adversity. “People come and people go,” Andrews observes here in a jaded tone, ” . . . you need the kindness to survive”. Standout track ‘Two Cold Nights in Buffalo’ is one of the album’s more spirited moments. Its uptempo country rock underscores a tough tale of hard times on tour with a sense of perseverance and humour. But Andrews also takes the opportunity to muse on the situation’s larger implications: “what happened to the middle class / mom and pop, five and dime? / soon they’ll be knocking it all down / to build that high-rise.”

A handful of well-worn love songs including ‘Rough Around the Edges’ and ‘Took You Up’ pull at the heartstrings with yearning melodies and all-too-familiar lyrical details that feel comfortable even when they aren’t pretty. She easily juxtaposes lofty imagery like “desert sunsets and movie scenes” with the more mundane “frozen dinners when money’s tight / making love on a laundry pile”, finding equal emotional value in both. Andrews’ voice exudes a palpable sense of warmth and welcome in humble ballad ‘This House’, singing “for every rose there’s a weed / but every weed is welcome / this house ain’t much of a house / but it’s a home.”

Near the end of the tracklisting, the dryly ironic tone of ‘I’ve Hurt Worse’ displays a typically country-rock bravado and the emotional subtlety of trying to mask a pain you don’t want to admit to in the first place. “Mother says we love who we think we deserve,” Andrews remarks here in a wry tone, “but I’ve hurt worse.” The album closes with ‘Long Road Back to You’, which underscores the pervasive longing and quiet hope in this collection of songs. The guitar riff between its verses is achingly desperate, while Andrews’ vocal in the yearning refrain is a barely-restrained cry of loneliness. But the return of gospel harmonies in the piano and backing vocals manages to leave behind a prevailing sense of promise.

Courtney Marie Andrews has made her career in music the hard-working, old-fashioned way, and her commitment to the traditional country aesthetic pays off in spades on ‘May Your Kindness Remain’. The album’s beauty lies in its simplicity, which highlights Andrews’ delicate balance of grit and grace. Her rough-around-the-edges vocal style infuses her lyrics with a sense of authenticity, and her dusty, sepia-toned soundscape conveys both steadfast resilience and hard-won hope.

9/10

‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is Courtney Marie Andrews’ seventh studio album and her second release for Mama Bird Recording Co. (America) / Loose Music (UK). The album is due out tomorrow, Friday, the 23rd of March. Stay tuned to TGTF for live coverage of Courtney Marie Andrews at SXSW 2018, to post in the coming days. Our past coverage, including Andrews’ answers to our SXSW 2018 themed Quickfire Questions, is back through here.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #133: Joel Roberts of Otzeki

 
By on Friday, 9th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Lauren Maccabee

As our own editor Mary wrote in The Music Blogger’s Guide to SXSW 2018 and in her Bands to Watch feature on them earlier in the week, London-based electronic duo Otzeki have an unusual relationship for band members: they’re not siblings but cousins. Mike Sharp and Joel Roberts have released two EPs already in Otzeki’s short history, and they are excited to drop their debut long player ‘Binary Childhood’ on the 13th of April, just after their trip to Austin for SXSW 2018. Leading into their Texas adventure, Roberts was kind enough to provide some rather cheeky answers to our SXSW-themed Quickfire Questions, which you can read below.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Electronic. Dance. Rock. Or EDR as we like to refer to it in jove.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I think overall we are just extremely excited, as I have never been to America before, and lots of people said it was their favourite festival.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
We are excited to see Francobollo as we are playing at the same event as them, whilst our producer works with theirs. We have heard great things. Also a Brazilian artist called LaBaq, who got in touch with us, and sounds great! Maybe Frank Turner, just for the singalong shits and gigs/nostalgic reasons. And our French friends Fishbach!

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I think we are most looking forward to eating some ice creams in the sun, playing some concerts, seeing lots of bands, partying, meeting people and our friend Rob coming from New York.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
There is genuinely nothing unusual that I am ‘packing’.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Our tipple is usually a Guinness, although lately I have been getting very much into lagers. And also red wines! You can choose. Thanks in advance.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think ‘Three Lions on the Shirt’ is our earliest musical endeavour. We remember buying it from Woolworth’s with our dads, and every time we hear it we feel so nostalgic it almost makes us cry. I thought it was Aqua’S ‘Barbie Girl’ but just checked the release dates, and Badiel and Skinner’s classic came out first apparently!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Well, it depends really, I don’t think that there is such a thing as ‘favourite’, as also being a child is quite a long time! I mean, when I was little I loved Spice Girls, but when I was 10, 11, 12 nothing would beat Blink 182! Mike had the tape by DJ Otzi’S ‘Hey, Hey Baby’ and used to bring it to our house when we were children! That was great, as was Crazy Town’S ‘Butterfly’, which used to fly around a lot when we were together as children! (and still gives me goosebumps)…

What song always makes you laugh?
We occasionally play a cover which is half ‘5 Years’ by David Bowie and half ‘Satellite of Love’ by Lou Reed using a default preset drum loop off my old guitar pedal which cracks us up.

What song always makes you cry?
You probably get this all the time, but ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
‘Evangeline’ by Angels of Light reminds me of a very happy time when Mike used to live in Wapping and I used to come to stay, when we first got together (not sexual) and drink loads of beers and smoke fags on the roof, then go down the beach and watch the sunset with our brother Charlie, who is now also our manager.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I think any of the greats by Bob Dylan, which for me constitutes as ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’, ‘One Too Many Mornings’, or ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’. I think he is one of our favourites. I often think of Simon and Garfunkel as the pinnacle of music, but mainly only ‘April Come She Will’, ‘Sound of Silence’ (1964 version without electric guitars), ‘Scarborough Fair’ or ‘Mrs. Robinson’. None of the others.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would be full time at the Carphone Warehouse.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
I spoke to God last week, and he said we can bring as many albums into heaven as we so wish, and that this rule was only created by a blog. He said he is God and promotes a generosity of spirit and happiness that acquaints to as many albums as anybody pleases. But would probably be ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd, TBF.

Do any of your friends and/or colleagues have any upcoming music releases we should know about?
Our friends Island are also releasing a shit hot album in April 2018 called ‘Feels Like Air’. Gene on Earth’s second EP coming out on his own label ‘Limousine Dream’ for fans of underground dance music. And our good friend Liam/Desert Sound Colony is releasing some killer music at the moment, both on his own label ‘Holding Hands’ and others.

Our thanks to Thomas and Charlie for arranging this email q&a. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Otzeki’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

TGTF Guide to SXSW 2018: UK singer/songwriters showcasing at this year’s SXSW

 
By on Friday, 9th March 2018 at 11:00 am
 

The list of solo singer/songwriters showcasing at SXSW 2018 is predictably lengthy. Festivals lend themselves easily to the traveling troubadour types: setting up shop with a single person and instrument is easier than carting a full band’s worth of gear around town to play show after show. However, the singer/songwriter genre is becoming increasingly diffuse, as its definition expands to include a wide array of different instrumental and vocal sounds.

The singer/songwriter acts representing the UK at SXSW this year are broad in their stylistic scope, from unassuming acoustic balladeers to rising mainstream pop stars to eclectic avant garde musicians. Many of the acts on this year’s list are artists we at TGTF have covered extensively in the past, including Frank Turner (pictured at top) and Lucy Rose, but there are a number of new-to-us acts on the bill as well. We’ve covered a fair few of those in our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch features, including Jade Bird, ONR, Rhys Lewis, Chloe Foy, Allman Brown, C. Macleod, and Sam Fender. Read below for a brief rundown of the remaining UK singer/songwriters heading across the pond to SXSW 2018.

Christopher Rees – We featured Welsh singer Christopher Rees in the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013, but haven’t heard much from him since that time. He heads to Austin this year with a new Americana album called ‘The Nashville Songs’ in tow. Take a listen to the chilling single ‘I Shiver’, just below.

Dan Bettridge – As we previously mentioned, Bettridge missed out on SXSW 2017, due to visa issues which his management has discussed in detail here. Bettridge will release his debut solo LP ‘Asking for Trouble’ later this year. Along with Rees, Bettridge will be proudly waving the Welsh flag in Austin.

Dan Lyons – Margate alt-pop singer Dan Lyons has spent the past four years primarily as a drummer, but he’s now stepping into the spotlight as a solo songwriter. His single ‘Big Moon’ was released at the end of February on Shaker Records.

The Dunwells – While obviously not a solo act, Leeds rock duo The Dunwells have nevertheless been classified as singer/songwriters at this year’s SXSW. They released a new EP called ‘Colour My Mind’ back in December, which included the track ‘Diamonds’, playing just below.

Elle Exxe – This Scottish pop singer is no stranger to SXSW or to the pages of TGTF. She recently teamed with MAC Cosmetics to promote her latest single ‘Catapult’; watch her exotic visuals in the promo video just below.

Emme Woods – Another Scottish songwriter, Woods’ singing voice belies her youthful 22 years of age. The level of musical sophistication in her single ‘I’ve Been Running’ is also well-beyond what you might expect of a musician so young. Check out the PledgeMusic campaign for her debut EP just through here.

Frank Turner – We’ve covered the indefatigable Mr. Turner and his merry band of Sleeping Souls extensively here at TGTF, including a lovely interview at SXSW 2015. This year, Turner is showcasing his forthcoming seventh studio LP ‘Be More Kind’, due out on the 4th of May via Polydor/ Xtra Mile. We’ll be looking forward to hearing the new songs at SXSW; in the meantime, you can take a listen to the album’s title track just below.

Gaz Coombes – Another artist we’ve featured in live coverage on TGTF, alt-rock songwriter and former Supergrass member Gaz Coombes will travel to Austin with a set of new songs from his forthcoming LP ‘World’s Strongest Man’, due out on the 4th of May.

Harry Pane – This Northamptonshire indie folk singer broke onto the music scene in 2015 and released two EPs, ‘Changing’ and ‘The Wild Winds’, in the following 2 years. He comes to SXSW 2018 with a pair of new singles, ‘Here We Stay’ and ‘Beautiful Life’. Listen to the latter just below.

Hilang Child – Hilang Child is the stage name of half-Welsh, half-Indonesian dream pop songwriter Ed Riman. Currently based in London, Hilang Child has recently signed on with Bella Union for the release of his debut LP, which will include the calmly introspective new single ‘Growing Things’.

Jerry Williams –  This 22-year-old Portsmouth alt-pop songstress has already captured the attention of BBC Radio 1 in the UK and KCRW in America. She has recently collaborated with fashion brand Topshop to market her new single ‘Grab Life’, ahead of her scheduled appearance on the BBC Introducing showcase on the Tuesday night of SXSW.

Jonny 8 Track – Brighton’s Jonny Aitken, aka Jonny 8 Track, is the first UK signing to Austin record label Chicken Ranch Records. His back catalogue includes ‘All America Taught Me’ from back in 2013.

Joshua Burnside – We covered this Northern Irish avant/experimental songwriter last year around the release of his debut album ‘Ephrata’, which won the 2017 Northern Irish Music Prize. Just below, check out the Ryan Vail remix of album track ‘Blood Drive’.

Lion – London alt-rock singer/songwriter Beth Lowen became known as Lion due to the rough and raspy tone of her singing voice. She’s so fresh on the scene that she has yet to officially release any music, and her SXSW 2018 bio links to an amateur video of a live performance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire from back in 2016.

Lucy Rose – We recently featured Rose’s new single ‘All That Fear’ as our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2801. Rose will be showcasing that single along with her recent album ‘Something’s Changing’ at SXSW. She is also scheduled to speak in a panel session titled ‘It’s a Fan’s World: The Life of Superfans’ on Friday the 16th of March.

Lucy Spraggan – You might remember Manchester songwriter Lucy Spraggan as a former X Factor contestant from back in 2012. Just last year, she released her fourth studio album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’, on her own label CTRL Records. The LP features the track ‘Fight For It’, streaming just below.

Nilüfer Yanya – This youthful West London songwriter brings a unique sense of irony and bemused detachment to what might otherwise be dismissed as standard indie pop. Her breakthrough single ‘Baby Luv’ is out now on Blue Flowers/ATO Records.

Nina Nesbitt – It’s been a day or two since we heard from Scottish pop songstress Nina Nesbitt, but she is heading to Austin with a potential new album in the works. No details have been shared as of yet, but Nesbitt did recently release a new single written in Nashville, ‘Somebody Special’.

Non Canon – Bristol alt-folk songwriter Non Canon takes his stage name from the idea that “anything described as ‘Non Canon’ exists apart from the story we know and love. A concurrent storyline, a different perspective, the world we experience through someone else’s eyes; familiar but insightful for its new dimension.” He comes to Austin as part of the Xtra Mile Recordings troupe; the label released his debut LP back in 2016.

Only Girl – South East London pop-soul artist Ellen Murphy, known on stage as Only Girl, has recently released a personally poignant new single titled ‘Mountain’, which deals with her husband Jamie McKechnie’s assault and traumatic brain injury, suffered back in 2011. Murphy says of the track, “I wanted the video for ‘Mountain’ to really convey Jamie’s journey through recovery since he suffered the brain injury. I think his story is so inspiring and shows how he really fought for his life against all the odds.” She speaks of her husband as the inspiration for the song: “If I could focus myself on climbing this mountain alongside Jamie, I could force myself to stay strong for him.”

Pete Molinari – Veteran folk and blues songwriter Pete Molinari is one of the few artists appearing at SXSW with nothing new on offer in terms of recorded music. He is set to play the We Are Hear Records showcase on the Tuesday night, alongside the aforementioned Lion.

Will Varley – This Kent singer/songwriter and Xtra Mile Recordings artist will bring his brilliant new album ‘Spirit of Minnie’ to Austin this year, on the heels of an American tour with label mates and fellow SXSW 2018 artists Skinny Lister. We featured the video for album track ‘Seven Days’ back in January; you can listen below to the gentle but poignant ‘Let it Slide’.

Please note that all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW 2018 schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #132: Stella Donnelly

 
By on Thursday, 8th March 2018 at 1:00 pm
 

Perth, Australia singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly will make her excursion to Austin next week for SXSW 2018, on the strength of her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’, which has been picked up for release in the U.S. via Secretly Canadian. The EP contains a couple of provocative and very thoughtfully written tracks, including ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, which Donnelly herself describes on YouTube as “my attempt at making sense of society’s tendency to blame the victims of sexual assault and rape and make excuses for the perpetrators.” She continues, “The video itself was intended to express the burden of victim blaming and sexual assault on the victims themselves as the mundane aspects of life go on. A song is just a song but at the very least I hope it will open up difficult yet important conversations between family members, friends, government bodies, organisations and most importantly, boys and men.”

Before she packed her bags to head to America, Donnelly took the time to answer our SXSW-themed Quickfire Questions. Her responses below provide us some interesting information about her childhood and musical influences, as well as clueing us in on the one thing she’s most looking forward to doing while in Austin (hint: it’s not singing!).

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
[Ms. Donnelly left this answer blank, which only whets our curiosity more. We’ll have to take a listen while we’re in Austin and get back to you on this one! -CC]

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I have heard SXSW be described as the rambunctious yet kind older brother of other showcase festivals like The Great Escape (UK) and BIGSOUND (AUS). If you ask me at certain times of the day about how I’m feeling leading up to the festival, I have a different answer each time, sometimes nervous, sometimes excited, sometimes utterly terrified.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
Being from Western Australia, I don’t get to see other bands from both Australia and Wales (where I grew up) play very often so I’m really excited to support and watch all of the Welsh and Aussies who are representing at SXSW!

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
EATING.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual.
A foam roller for my back! It’s a long flight from Perth to Austin.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Usually it would be a beer, but if I’m at SXSW it would be a peppermint tea, thanks!

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad holding me above his head as a baby and singing ‘Smoke on the Water’ while he bopped me around.

What was your favourite song as a child?
It changed each week, but I do distinctly remember loving ‘Don’t Need the Sunshine’ by Catatonia.

What song always makes you laugh?
‘Living Thing’ by Electric Light Orchestra because we used to all make funny dances to it.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Tears in the Typing Pool’ by Broadcast.

What song reminds you of a specific memory?
‘No Woman’ by Whitney represents meeting my boyfriend, Jordan. How cheesy!!

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong’ by Leonard Cohen.

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
Right now, it’s Aldous Harding.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think I’d still be at university, trying to work it out.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Billy Bragg, ‘Workers Playtime’, because it’s the soundtrack to my innocent childhood, so I might have more of a chance of getting in!

Our thanks to Max for arranging this email q&a. After SXSW, Donnelly is planning to embark on a brief tour of America before heading back to Australia for a pair of shows with First Aid Kit and a co-headline tour with Alex the Astronaut. A full list of Donnelly’s upcoming shows can be found on her Bandcamp page. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Stella Donnelly’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #407: Dermot Kennedy

 
By on Thursday, 8th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Irish singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy is on the verge of reaching 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, largely on the strength of a string of single releases dating back to 2015. His most recent single ‘Moments Passed’, which came out last December, has already garnered over 6 million streams in its original form, and its Mike Dean remix is over 100,000 plays since its mid-February release.

Kennedy’s singing voice is soft and rough by turns, with a husky timbre in its most emotional moments that conjures images of a heavy metal singer rather than a pop balladeer. Yet, his vocal prowess is among his most prominent sonic trademarks and certainly one of his more endearing traits. Also characteristic of Kennedy’s songs are rapidly shifting soundscapes, which typically alternate between soulful acoustic balladry and crisp electro-pop.

In 2017, Kennedy released an EP titled ‘Doves & Ravens’, which featured 4 tracks including one called ‘A Closeness’, which shifts midstream from introspective guitar ballad to dark electro-pop, and the gospel-laced ‘Glory’. On the purely acoustic end of the spectrum is ‘After Rain’, which attracted attention after Kennedy was given a chance to perform it at Glen Hansard’s sold out Christmas show in December 2014. The live performance video of ‘After Rain’ playing just below was filmed at Dublin’s Whelan’s in 2016, courtesy of Sunday Sessions.

Kennedy’s earliest single, ‘An Evening I Will Not Forget’ from 2015, revealed promise both in his singing voice and in occasionally brilliant lyrics like “confessions should be better planned / alone, that night, I’m surely damned / run away, I’ll understand”. The video below is an early version of the song from Kennedy’s own YouTube page in late 2014.

YouTube and Spotify have quickly rocketed Dermot Kennedy to minor fame. He has just embarked on a North American tour, planned around his upcoming appearance at SXSW 2018, and as of this writing, most of his headline dates have completely sold out, including shows in Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. A complete listing of Kennedy’s upcoming live dates and festival appearances can be found on his official Web site.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Dermot Kennedy’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 
 
 

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