The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

Saturday, June 8th 2019:


Kern is a contemporary folk and trad trio from Louth. At the heart of the band’s unique mix is the thrilling, driving uilleann piping of Brendan McCreanor, the raw Oriel fiddle of Barry Kieran and the dark, lyrical songs of SJ McArdle. Their uilleann pipes-driven tunes and songs tightened from constant touring make for a thrilling, moving and truly entertaining show.

The band’s debut album, False Deceiver, was produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys). It is a mix of songs and tunes from the band’s home county of Louth along with original material and has already garnered significant national airplay in Ireland including live appearances on RTE Radio 1’s Arena, Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show and on Raidío na Gaeltachta.

Kern have also released a single, “Till the Docklands Drown”, produced by Donal O’Connor (Ulaid, At First Light). The song was featured in the IFTA-winning Element Pictures movie A Date for Mad Mary.
The band has toured extensively in the past year and in 2018 won the TradFest Temple Bar Showcase and performed at the All-Ireland Fleadh, as well as at the largest Irish festival in America, Milwaukee Irish Fest. In 2019 dates include Folk Alliance in Canada and in gigs in Germany. Kern have appeared at this year’s TradFest Temple Bar and have been busy completing their second album.

Doors Open: 8:00pm
Commences At: 8:30pm
In advance: €13 / €10
At the door: €15 / €12

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