Dermot Kennedy is a young folk singer-songwriter who has been making some industry noise in the last year. Live, he has supported the likes of Glen Hansard and James Vincent McMorrow and Spotify streams of last year’s ‘After Rain’, a woodsy romantic folk pop number is now well over 19 million streams.

Thus far, his songs have remained in that Ben Howard-folk mould but ‘Glory’, a new song released today, is something else entirely.

Kennedy has been co-writing with Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Låpsley, Florence + the Machine) and working with Stephen Kozmeniuk (who worked on records from Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa and DVSN) and Carey Willetts (Kwabs) and there’s some production alchemy at play in ‘Glory’, from his upcoming Doves & Ravens EP (April 14th).

The song grows from a dark folk tone, from a hush to a howl as the track grows in stature and sound, subtly bringing in electronic-tinged touches and vocal effects as the song builds to the chorus and crescendo.

‘Glory’ will surely be a breakout song for Kennedy. Give it a spin and then give it another:

Kennedy plays Cypress Avenue Cork tonight and has two London shows this weekend. You just missed his Dublin show.

Here are some recent new songs from Dermot but ‘Glory’ is the one you should press play on first.

Posted on March 31st, 2017

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Last year, I featured a fundraising gig for Denise Ryan who has been suffering with “Lyme disease, pneumonia, Epstein-Barr virus, gastroparesis, chronic gastritis, candida, strep and clostridia infections, among other things” and is seeking funds to pay for urgent medical treatment in the US.

Ryan has raised €70,000 but needs €100,000 to get the treatment (her own video is below).

To help her get to that goal, Róisín O, Enemies, Ailbhe Reddy, Dermot Kennedy & Dublin Gospel Choir are playing a Denise Ryan fundraiser in the Button Factory next Thursday, June 30th.

Tickets are €14.50 from EventBrite.ie and if you can’t make it you can donate directly.

Facebook event.

Posted on June 21st, 2016

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