Long time friends and musical collaborators, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’ Leary have toured together widely, both in duo and as part of The Alt, alongside celebrated Irish guitarist John Doyle. Both are internationally recognized members of the traditional music community, noted for their instrumental skills and diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary song. Both are songwriters, who love and research traditional Irish/Scottish songs. With an engaging stage presence and understated virtuosity, they present a timeless selection of songs and instrumentals. Nuala and Eamon offer a memorable concert experience, as their songs range from the ancient Irish tradition to reflections on the present day.
…lyrically fresh, harmonically rich and presented with magnificent ease. The Irish Times
Inspired song selection and thoughtful arrangements reveal the strong chemistry these top musicians share. The Irish Echo
Nuala – flutes, whistles, vocals www.nualakennedy.com
Traditional singer, flute player, songwriter and session musician Nuala Kennedy grew up playing music in Dundalk, Ireland and later moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. The combination of the best of two cultures, Scotland and Ireland, is what has made Nuala the artist she is today. She has toured and recorded with diverse artists including experimental folk composer Oliver Schroer (nominated for Canada’s National East Coast Music Award) and Kentucky’s Will Oldham (an album which received 5 stars in Mojo Magazine).Nuala released her third solo record ‘Noble Stranger’ (Compass Records) in 2012 to critical acclaim. The Nuala Kennedy Band was nominated in the 2013 BBC Alba Scottish Traditional Folk Awards.
She is not only an exceptional interpreter of the tradition; her own music glistens with freshness. The Irish Times
Eamon – guitar, bouzouki, vocals
Originally from Dublin, Eamon has lived in New York City for the last twenty years. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing and recording with many of Irish music’s great players. In addition to his performance schedule, Eamon has taught at numerous music programs including the Augusta Heritage Center, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, the Alaska Irish Music Camp, and the Swannanoa Gathering. In 2004, he and Patrick Ourceau released a live recording, Live at Mona’s, documenting their many years hosting a session on New York’s Lower East Side, and in 2012, Eamon released a recording of traditional songs, The Murphy Beds, with Jefferson Hamer, described by the Huffington Post as “ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” He has recently teamed up with old friends John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy to form The Alt. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2014.
…beautiful, crystalline songs. Huffington Post