How It’s New York: Nuala Kennedy lived in New York much of 2011-2012, has played with many NYC musicians and took pictures for the art in NYC.
How It’s Irish: Nuala is from Ireland, and played in a Ceili band from the age of 13.
A version of this review was first published in Irish Music Magazine, Oct. 2012.
To celebrate the launch of her CD Noble Stranger, Nuala is playing an informal session at the Living Room NYC from 6-8 tonight,. Saturday, Sept. 29. She says she will likely be playing tunes at O’Neill’s later. Check here for her full list of tour dates. She’ll be playing at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton Island in October– I’m going as a press delegate and will report back!
I did an interview with Nuala for Irish Music Magazine in September; watch this space for that!
Nuala’s singing and funky flute playing make me wonder: “Could this be the future of trad?”
Lord Duneagle has a similar counterpoint, with a driving beat from Hays giving the ballad a groove. Lonely City, inspired by NYC, has a kind of Country–Western swing to it, but then there’s a kind of new–wave production feel to it, too, a little Cocteau Twins sound in the strings.
The album takes its title from Napoleon’s Dream, with the lyrics recorded by Richard Thompson, paired with the tune John Stephen of Chance Inn. It’s a sweet, pensive song, and her flute takes the melody in the latter and soars with it. Her version of Matt Hyland is a knockout too.