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Fiona Kennedy

Cork Singer-Songwriter

 

Biography

Fiona Kennedy is a self-releasing artist and full-time professional musician based in Cork city. Fiona began performing as a singer-songwriter in her teens. By the time she was in university she was performing alongside Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Jimmy McCarthy and opened for John Martyn and Moving Hearts. Fiona's music was brought to national attention when she won a talent competition on TV called 'Screen Test'. With the cash prize she self-released her first single, 'All You Give Me'.

A highlight of this time was playing at 'Siamsa Cois Laoi' to an audience of 50,000 people. Kris Kristofferson was the headline act. She also presented her own TV show called the 'Fiona Kennedy Show'.

Fiona moved to New York for a period, building her craft and adapting as a folk singer-songwriter and blues/rock band performer. Her time in New York was filled with many great experiences. She got to play with Nanci Griffiths and Shaun Colvin and she played for the Kennedy's at their compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. 

When she returned to Ireland in the 90s she once again self-released and recorded an album called  'Crazy Love'. This had lots of success and it was nominated for an IRMA award. She collaborated with many artists and made many TV appearances during this period. 

When Fiona became a mother to two daughters this changed the direction of her music career. Travelling and gigging nights was no longer viable so she established herself as a very successful wedding ceremony singer. Her passion for writing and performing continued and she recorded 'The Silence of the Blues' (A Rory Gallagher Tribute), 'Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue', which she had sung in the Screen Test Competition Final and 'The First Waltz', which was co-written by Fiona. 

In 2017 Fiona ran a very successful Fund It campaign to record her next full album, 'The Beach'. This was recorded in Dublin with producer/guitarist Bill Shanley (Ray Davies/Gilbert O'Sullivan). Fiona gathered a new band around her and with successful performances in venues like De Barras Clonakilty and the Lee Delta Blues Club Cork City helped re-build Fiona's fan base. 

The prestigious Network Cork Business Woman of the Year Award was won by Fiona Kennedy in the Arts category in 2018 Network Cork Business Awards. This was a wonderful acknowledgement of Fionas ability to maintain her business as an authentic creative artist and also as a successful wedding ceremony singer through two economic recessions. Fiona was thrilled to be honoured with this award and since receiving it, has grown her business even more.

Throughout 2020 Fiona did a weekly series of live stream shows as part of The Quarantine Sessions Cork and raised over €4000 along with the other musicians involved. She also played for the De Barras live stream shows and she did a special online performance for the clients of The Lantern Project. She released a cover song called '$20 Dollar Bill' (for George Floyd) a cover of a protest song which harks back to her folk roots which she recorded along with her original song 'All of the Days' in The Maple Rooms Studio in Co. Cork.

 

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