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The Birds Upon the Trees

by Kennedy's Kitchen

Our music is deeply rooted in traditional Irish song and dance, with a modern energy and sound. We play jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires and such. And we sing – we love to sing. As with our previous four CDs, we present original compositions and songs.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Within a Mile of Dublin / Swinging On the Gate (Reels)
3:08 $0.99
2. The Rose in the Heather / The Lonesome Jig
2:50 $0.99
3. Patrick Coyle
4:54 $0.99
4. Blackberry Blossom / The Drunken Landlady (Reels)
3:23 $0.99
5. The Birds Upon the Trees
2:34 $0.99
6. Robin's Return / The Maid On the Green / Leslie's March
4:14 $0.99
7. Christy Barry's, the Rolling Waves, the Old Favorite / The West Clare Reel
4:42 $0.99
8. Remember Dubh Loch
4:16 $0.99
9. The Red Haired Lass (Slow Reel)
4:19 $0.99
10. The Girls of Banbridge / Willie Coleman's Jig
3:29 $0.99
11. Swallows Tail Reel / The Sailor's Bonnet / Over the Moor to Maggie
4:26 $0.99
12. The Month of January
3:29 $0.99
13. The Barr of Chocolate / The Smashed Potatoes
4:26 $0.99
14. New Year's Day / The Ipod Disco the Daze Inn Jam
7:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
For songs, we’ll point out Patrick Coyle (Track 3) by joHn Kennedy, an emigration song about his grandfather; and, Remember Dubh Loch (Track 8), sung my joHn’s nephew Nolan Ladewski. Dubh Loch tells of an event in Clare during the Potato famine. It is a stunning sea nos song composed by John Tunney, the son of the legendary northern singer, Paddy Tunney. Neither of these songs has been widely presented and both deserve to be heard by anyone who loves Irish history and Irish song. Then again, there is the title track, The Birds Upon The Trees (Track 5), a simple little song that we found on a field recording from County Clare. It is all but unknown.

Several tracks have a high-energy rock feel with electric bass and the first recordings by a fantastic young bohdran player, Jacob Turner. This recording also introduces Nolan’s younger brother Liam on whistles and flute. Both Liam and Jacob have continued in the band’s traditiona of winning gold at regional fleadh’s and then competing at the all-Ireland. I would highlight Within a Mile of Dublin . . . (Track 1), The Blackberry Blossom . . .(Track 4) and New Year’s Day . . . (Track 14). The final track is a literal jam session . . . just us going at it in the studio with three of my nephew Nolan’s compositions.

There are three gentle instrumental tracks, 2, 9, and 13. We are very fond of all three of these. The Barr of Chocolate . . . (Track 13) is two hornpipes composed by my nephew Nolan.



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joHn Kennedy

Joy . . .
I am usually not able to my own music for at least a couple of years, and then it has to catch me by surprise in order for me to hear it as a fan rather than as an engineer. Then, I don't recognize my own music until it's too late for me to judge it as "to thin" or "muddy". I already love this recording. It is rare for a project to come close to what I had in my mind . . .the art, the collection of tunes, the quality of the recording . . and then what matters most, managing to capture forever a little bit of the joy that the Kitchen shares when we get together to play music.

monte michel bleu

Sometimes ..you can judge a book by it's cover
Can a recording be as fantastic and stunningly beautiful as it's album cover? Yer damned right it can be!