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Mermaid, Folk Siren and Punk Diva
Sunday, 06.01.2013, 20:20
oh what a night...
Maria Doyle Kennedy and Kieran Kennedy (IRL)
Her work enlightens and indulges us with at times serious but always lovely stuff. She'll be singing and love, light and happiness into you while making your ears blush, your heart pulsate and even enticing you to sing along. Filling the lonely hours until the day you return to the place where all this happened to you. Maria, we love you. We really do.
Whoa, we got carried away there there for a wee bit...
She's back again and looking as lovely as ever. This wonderful singer and actress is currently performing in the fifth season of «Dexter»; you know the TV series where the guy does blood sample analysis for the cops during the day, and a little moonlighting at night as a serial killer who has his own take on «Gutes Tun». It's Maria's job as a nanny to turn that characters' son into a better human being than his pa and at which she'll excel with flying colors. Or not. She was also in the «Tudors» as Katharina of Aragon and in the acclaimed series «Downtown Abbey» and it all began with a role in Alan Parkers' «The Commitments» in 1991.
But shortly, she's going to be again under our lights again, inaugurating what promises to be another great new year (magnet this on your fridge!). As always, she's lovingly supported by her congenial husband Kieran on congenial electric guitar. How's that for a double remedy against frostbite?
Maria described her first solo album «Charm» as «a powerful mixture between folk siren and punk diva». Then it took four years for the immaculate conception of «Muetter» and it's a unique, sometimes even unsettling collection of songs, very precious and also very pop. Her recent fifth «Sing» (2012) is, naturally, hailed as her best ever. Quite so, and it contains according to The Sunday Times, «more Appalachian folk than hillbilly boogie, more bluegrass than Western swing». On it, Maria is joined by illustrious folks like John Prine and Damien Rice. «There are a lot of references to singing on the album: there's the track 'Sing', obviously, there's 'Sing for the Sea', there's 'Hola Luna' where she walks across the mountains, singing 'I've found my voice».
So then, and as always, here's the voice of Thunesier Mokkaner (hey, that's a guy from Thun, BE) and hardcore Maria Doyle Kennedy fan MC Anliker: «The voice of Maria Doyle Kennedy, performing its mix of folk, siren song and punk belongs to the great voices of Ireland. In the mid-80's she was a co-founder of the large arena band Hothouse Flower and later sang with the Dubliner Black Velvet Band, which was an amalgem of a rock- and gipsy band. The concerts of Maria Doyle Kennedy gift us with powerful, emotional experiences and she always leaves her fortunate public happy and with a whole lotta satisfaction.»
In other words, you'll be leaving her show with your tail anywhere but between your legs.

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