Éilis Kennedy


I live for days like this.

When I was in England this past summer my old friend Peter Dale heard me sing the traditional song ‘Lord Franklin’. He immediately thought of a CD he’d seen in a music store in Ireland; he went to Ireland on holiday in August, and while he was there he picked up the CD. He sent it to me, and I got it Thursday; it’s ‘Time to Sail‘ by Éilis Kennedy.

Oh my land, what a voice! And what beautiful arrangements! This girl sings in both Gaelic and English, and her arrangement of ‘Lord Franklin’ is one of the best I’ve ever heard! She also has a wonderful arrangement of ‘Canadee-i-o’ which has vaulted way ahead of Nic Jones’ version in my estimation (and I’m a pretty diehard Nic Jones fan). She has two CDs on CD Baby, Time to Sail and One Sweet Kiss. If you go over there, you’ll find some really tasty sample tracks you can listen to. I know you’ll want to hear more!

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