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Kean Kavanagh’s new song ‘Mary’ is inspired by writer John B Keane

Kean Kavanagh’s new song ‘Mary’ is inspired by writer John B Keane

Soft Boy Records co-founder, Kojaque’s DJ and co-conspirator and artist in his own right, has released a new song called ‘Mary’, a track inspired by the Irish author John B Keane.

It comes after two songs last year – ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Heart Attacks’, and the 2020 album Dog People.

‘Mary’ is a gauzy lo-fi indie track, inspired by the writer’s The Bodhrán Makers novel.

Kean Kavanagh says on the track:

“I think I’d been reading ‘The Bodhrán Makers” by John B Keane at the time that me and Paddy Ormond wrote the instrumental for this track. The character in this song is similar to those characters; life is tough and music provides peace and relief from those wounds which we must suffer; having someone to embrace on a cold night is even more beautiful still.”

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About Kean Kavanagh

Co-founder, producer and A&R of Irish Label Soft Boy Records, and a story-teller with a strong imagination, Kean has set out his stall as both a singer-songwriter and world creator with the release of his acclaimed 2020 project ‘Dog Person’. Founded in 2015, Soft Boy Records morphed into a cultural behemoth that gripped the Irish music scene and never let go – alongside his co-founder Kojaque, Kean found himself sharing stages with names such as Slowthai and Lana Del Ray, as well as his consequential solo-slots opening for Maverick Sabre and Vampire Weekend, as well as starring in a Boiler Room documentary about the label and collective.

In 2020, Kean appeared on the Everything is Recorded project “FRIDAY FOREVER”, (curated by Richard Russell of XL Recordings) alongside Aitch, Flohio, Maria Somerville, Ghostface Killah and others, and aligning himself with a tastemaker and hotly tipped selection of musical peers. Currently settled in London, Kean’s career is set to project far beyond his Irish roots.