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Billy Kennedy

Cork Alt-Rock Musician

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Billy Kennedy is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Cork City. He spent his formative musical years as singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the London based blues/rock band Godot.  

He later moved to Cork where alongside vocalist Taly Murphy they formed indie-pop band 'The Horsies'. The band scored radio hits with their single 'Being There' and an acoustic cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colours' became one of the most requested songs of the year on 96fm. The video for 'Being There' was a favourite on RTE's No Disco.

Billy also ran a successful open mic night at Charlie's Bar for 4 years. There was only one rule at the night, you could only sing songs you wrote your self. 

He released his debut solo album 'This Old Life' to much acclaim in 2012. The 10 track album was recorded and produced by Cormac O Connor at the Maple Room Studio. The Evening Echo described his songs as having 'a gentle poetic sensibility. Upbeat pop fused with Americana.' Red FM's Neil Prendeville described it as 'One of the best things around.' The lead single '25 Ways' received airplay on RTE 1 from John Creedon, Nial Toner, and other

A song on the album 'Skintight' was awarded a semi-final place in the International Songwriting Competition. Songs from the album were played on many other radio stations such as 96fm, and Cork Campus Radio.

Since the release of his own album, Billy has been in much demand as a producer. At his own studio he has recorded albums for other artists such as David Murphy, Junior Mike, Martin Murphy, and Slovenian songstress Branka Bozic as well as an album of poetry for American poet Phoebe and most recently a single by the Debenham's workers. In 2018 he played concerts as part of Branka's band in Slovenia and Bosnia including, the Festival of The Sun in Sarajevo.


Finally getting back to his own songwriting, Billy played a sold-out show in the wonderful setting of Camden Fort Meagher in October 2019. This was followed by another sold-out concert at the prestigious Inkwell Theatre, Tracton on February 22nd of this year.

August 5th saw Billy's latest single release, an alt-rock banjo-driven tune 'Giants'. This single and the album 'This Old Life' are available to buy in download form on the Island of music website.


New Single Launch : 'Angels on Patrick Street'

This year has been busy for Cork Songwriter Billy Kennedy with the release of three singles, with the most recent, 'Sea Creatures' in October, being featured on the RTE Radio 1 recommends list. Now Billy has collaborated with The Crosshaven Community Choir to record a haunting new song 'Angels on Patrick Street'.

Due to social distancing restrictions a more creative approach had to be taken while recording the song. The choir, under Dr Eva McMullan, rehearsed the song over a series of Zoom sessions, then members recorded their parts individually on their phones. The choral arrangement by Richard Rudkins adds a stunning backdrop to this song of hope that Kennedy and the Choir wish to dedicate to those lost to Covid 19 this year.

 'Angels on Patrick Street' is now available to download on Island of Music. For further details see also

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