Bap & band headlining the Liri Blues festival in Isola Di Liri
"Consistently Impressive" - Mojo 4* review for The Sailor's Revenge
Bap Kennedy's new album "The Sailor's Revenge" which just been released in the USA has been described by influential music magazine No Depression as "the Celtic Blood On The Tracks" - a reference to Bob Dylan's highly acclaimed album from '75 and ranked #16 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Bap Kennedy will be live on BBC Radio Ulster
15 Jun 2012. The Gerry Anderson show (10.30 - 12.00)
The official American release date for Bap Kennedy's new album The Sailor’s Revenge is 5th June 2012. The Sailor’s Revenge is the outcome of a creative collaboration between Bap & Mark Knopfler. All songs on the album have been written by Bap. The album was recorded at Mark’s studio, with Mark playing guitar on 6 of the 11 tracks and also singing some backing vocals. It is rare for Mark to produce for another artist, but he has been closely involved with The Sailor’s Revenge from start to finish. Between Bap and Mark they carefully selected, from a large batch of new Bap songs, a collection that fitted the theme of the album.
The Sailor’s Revenge is being released by Proper America and features various members of Mark’s band as well as top drawer session musicians such as Jerry Douglas and Ian Thomas.
Bap Kennedy's album "The Sailor's Revenge" continues to receive excellent reviews following its recent American release. Pittsburgh Daily News "In Tune" has awarded it 4 stars.
"Irish singer/songwriter perfectly melds the folk traditions of both his homeland and America on the mesmerising new album "The Sailor's Revenge" Under the steady hand of producer Mark Knopfler, Kennedy has crafted one of the best albums of his distinguished career. There's not a bad song to be found among the 11 gathered here, with Kennedy especially effective on "Shimnavale", "Jimmy Sanchez", "Lonely No More", "Please Return To Jesus", "The Beauty Of You" and "Celtic Sea"
Highly recommended (JS)
Radio 4's new Tuesday night programme 'Happy Tuesdays' has adopted Bap Kennedy's "Domestic Blues" as its theme tune!
Bap Kennedy performed his first gig at The Barge (Belfast) on 28th April 2012. This gig was sold out well in advance and in response to popular demand an extra date has been added for Bap At The Barge. (26th May)
The Barge is a new intimate venue for quality live music and one of the Belfast Waterfront's best kept secrets. Bap has just returned from a sell out UK tour and with European and American shows in the diary for later this year this is a chance to catch Bap and his superb musicians on his home turf.
As co-patrons of Autism NI, Bap & Brenda Kennedy would like to congratulate Autism NI.
In the words of Dr Arlene Cassidy (CEO Autism NI) -
“We made history, folks!!! LETS CIRCULATE THIS WIDELY TO ENSURE THAT THE NEWS IS OUT “.
By virtue of the Autism Act (NI) 2011, Northern Ireland now leads the way in terms of Disability Legislation as it affects people on the autistic spectrum.
The following email is the text of an email which has now been sent out throughout the entire Northern Ireland Civil Service ......
Changes to Disability Discrimination Act 1995
This note advises staff and managers of an important change to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA).
The DDA provides protection for disabled persons against discrimination. It also recognises that various barriers exist within society which may present practical difficulties for disabled persons who are in employment. Accordingly there is a positive duty on employers to make “reasonable adjustment” to their policies and premises where reasonable and appropriate.
The DDA defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition which means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
The Autism Act (NI) 2011 has amended the DDA to remove any ambiguity as to whether the term “disability” applies to autism spectrum conditions. The effect of this amendment is to clarify that a condition which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on someone’s ability to “take part in normal social interaction” or in “forming social relationships” can constitute a “disability”.
Bap will be appearing live on BBC Radio Ulster tomorrow 28 Apr between 12.30 and 2pm on the Gerry Kelly show
Tune in to BBC Radio Ulster this evening between 10pm and 11.55 when Bap will be live on air with Stuart Bailie.
We are currently running a competition to win 2 tickets to Bap At The Barge (Belfast) on 30 June plus a bottle of champagne.
To be in with a chance of winning watch "Into The Arms Of Love" video and see how many people you can correctly name.
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org (an alternative prize of Bap's entire back catalogue is on offer eg if you live outside N. Ireland).
‘Into The Arms Of Love’ is included on the deluxe version of Bap’s latest album ‘The Sailor’s Revenge’ which is available now fromPropermusic.com, Amazon.co.uk andiTunes (standard version with ‘Into The Arms Of Love’ bonus track). Fans in America can order the album on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Bap Kennedy's album "The Sailor's Revenge" is currently at Number 1 in the local Americana chart .
Tune in to BBC Radio Ulster to hear Bap in session and conversation with Ralph McLean.
Bap Kennedy's new album The Sailor’s Revenge has been released on 30th of January. Two versions of the album have been made available, a standard and a limited edition deluxe version which includes a bonus disc made up of 11 of Bap's personal favourites from his career including tracks with Steve Earle, Shane McGowan, a co-write with Van Morrison, songs that have appeared in Hollywood movies and 2 previously unreleased tracks.
Bap will be playing live at HMV Donegal Arcade in Belfast on the launch date (30th Jan) of his new album 'The Sailor's Revenge'. He'll be appearing from 1pm with his band and entry will be absolutely FREE.
Bap has just signed to Proper Records. Go to his Facebook to hear 'Shimnavale' - the first track of the album. ....More info, release dates etc to follow.
Bap Kennedy was appointed as patron on June 24th 2010 at the Autism NI VIP Celebration (20th Anniversary) in the Atrium, Ulster Museum, Belfast, at which Bap was honoured to perform with his band. He was accompanied by his wife Brenda, who has written several books about Asperger Syndrome (a form of Autism) and his stepson Kenneth Hall, who has Asperger Syndrome and has also written a book about his experiences with the condition.
Among the other notable people there were Arlene Cassidy, CEO of Autism NI, Sir Reg Empey, leader of the UUP; Liz Aiken MBE, a founding member of Autism NI who received the MBE in 2007 for her services to Autism; Cllr Michael Humphrey, Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast; Conall McDevitt, SDLP MLA, obo Dominic Bradley, SDLP MLA; and Jerry Newport, American author with Asperger Syndrome whose life provided the inspiration for the film Mozart and the Whale.
Autism NI is a parent led partnership organisation having been formed to promote positive collaboration between parents, professionals and individuals with Autism to address the need for appropriate services.
This partnership ethos extends to the charities promotion of a multi disciplinary, cross agency response to issues such as assessment, diagnosis and early intervention.
The charity's mission to support parents and individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder is core to its work and is based on individualised assessed need.
The charity is committed to promoting best practice, accessible to all irrespective of family circumstances.