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Maria Doyle Kennedy + Kieran Kennedy
Traditionally and once again ringing in the international part of our concerts for 2020 is acclaimed singer and actress Maria DK, who’s been referred to as «one of Irelands most prolific artists and entertainers». Not an easy feat…

…considering the flood of wonderful artists the small country with a population half of Switzerland has consistently gifted to the world: Van Morrison, Imelda May, U2, The Cranberries, The Pogues, The Mekons, Thin Lizzy, Sinead O’Çonnor - with many more to come, you bet. Showcasing her emerald-eyed beauty as an actor in multiple starring roles in movies and tv series The Commitments, Byzantium, The Tudors, Dexter, Outlander, Orphan Black considerably raised Maria’s profile in the eyes of the world as a well-rounded artistic powerhouse at once loving, fierce and uplifting. Maria DK, sometimes referred to as «The Celtic Angel» and her crystal clear voice are complemented by her hubby Kieran and his great guitar. He is a composer in his own right and he’s the lucky devil with whom Maria shares her life, the spotlight on the musical stage «as well as many crimes» (says their website, mariadk.com). Making other sweet music, they have three boys together (plus one) - to date…

Their material includes covers and their own compositions which allure in the neighborhood of blue grass, Appalachian folk, Irish folk, Western swing and hillbilly boogie but are not restricted to any of it. Maria & Kieran often present social issues in their work, for instance in a poignant song about Eric Garner, Michael Brown and the Ferguson riots. They started a fledgling film production and their short films, produced and directed by the two, are distributed through their own label Mermaid Records as well as their numerous EP’s, CD’s and LP’s. Just listen to the acclaimed masterpiece «Sing» (2012) on which she duetted with Damian Rice and John Prine and the legendary «Maria Live» from 2014, followed by another recording which came to life right here in «Live at el Lokal» in 2018. «I’ve always felt a live recording should be as raw and untouched as possible.» Ain’t that the simple truth.

Live at El Lokal, Maria & Kieran. Her voice, his guitar.

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