Scottish-based Irish traditional singer and musician Nuala Kennedy celebrates ten years as a solo recording artist this coming January with the launch of ‘Behave the Bravest’ her fourth solo album and first solo release on her own ‘Under the Arch’ record label.
Recorded over six months, on three continents, while touring as ‘Nuala Kennedy Band’ in Sydney Australia, Los Angeles California and in Edinburgh, Scotland, the record is a reflection of Kennedy’s global lifestyle and far reaching musical connections. Behave the Bravest was mixed by the much-lauded producer Paul Savage of Chem 19, Glasgow and mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer Adam Berg in L.A. It features two iterations of Nuala Kennedy Band; one group based in Kennedy’s adopted home of Scotland and one in North America, where she regularly tours.
The material on Behave the Bravest harks back to Kennedy’s origins as a player and singer of traditional music in Ireland. Old traditional ballads of loss and immigration, continue to find resonance in the modern world, while two of the songs sung in Irish Gaelic attest to Kennedy’s love of the national and first official language of Ireland.
Nuala Kennedy is renowned for her creative reworking and reimagining of traditional songs and the jewel in the record is undoubtably her flowing interpretation of ‘Fair Annie of the Loch Royanne’ one of the great traditional story-ballads and one of several songs on the record with a strong female lead character. Kennedy enjoys researching traditional song and she weds a serious pedigree of traditional musicianship and deep understanding of the history of her native music with a light-hearted musical spontaneity.
Recorded live in studio Behave the Bravest bears witness to the superlative performance skills of Kennedy and her fellow musicians, whose care and deference for the songs is almost palpable.
Watch a video of the opening track ‘Lovely Armoy’ here: youtu.be/KuyZWKq1GP4