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Rock & Pop

Friday 31
March 2017
8pm

Derby Hall

£20

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BRIAN KENNEDY

Brian Kennedy survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of its hellish history against all the odds to carve an extraordinary career in Music. In his own words he says, 'I shouldn't have become a singer really, given where and how my life started, but my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.' That voice changed the course of his whole life forever.

From harmonising with ambulances as a child to finally overcoming stage fright, his gradual ascent was nothing short of miraculous. He busked on the dangerous streets of his hometown whatever the political weather until a sudden escape to London, when only 18 saw him surviving in the only way he knew how. He sang unaccompanied in the underground stations and outside the Dominion Theatre, sometimes literally in order to eat and until he finally saved up enough money for a guitar. He lived in various illegal squats before eventually being discovered by the now legendary Svengali Simon Fuller.

Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter. His own words, 'Music is my lifeblood.' His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an every-growing international fan base the old fashioned way over a phenomenal twenty-five year career in the rollercoaster ride that is the unpredictable music industry.

Recently Brian has been very busy in the studio and has just finished recording a 32 track double CD 'Essential Collection' comprising all brand new recordings from the past and present including a duet with Boy George. Brian maintains that 'music is the language of emotion,' and after all his years gigging and recording with Van Morrison he prizes the live gig above all else. Seeing and hearing is the only way to experience this national treasure of a man.