Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary
Genre: Traditional Irish, Traditional Scottish
Long-time friends and musical collaborators, Irish singers and musicians Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’ Leary have toured together widely together both in duo and as part of ‘The Alt’, alongside celebrated Irish guitarist John Doyle. Internationally respected members of the traditional music community, they are noted for their instrumental skills as well as their diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs. With an engaging stage presence and understated virtuosity, they present a timeless selection of songs and instrumental pieces featuring flute, whistles, bouzouki, guitar and vocal harmonies.
Nuala Kennedy (Flutes, whistles, vocals)
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 recorded with many diverse artists including Canadian Oliver Schroer (nominated for an ECMA) and Kentucky’s Will Oldham (an album which received 5 stars in Mojo Magazine).
Eamon O’ Leary (Guitar, bouzouki, vocals)
While growing up in Dublin, Eamon O’Leary developed an interest in Irish music through his friendship with Emer, Breda and John Mayock, a noted family of Irish traditional musicians from Co. Mayo. His first instrument was the guitar, which he started playing while in his teens. When he moved to New York City in 1991, he met guitarist John Doyle, fiddle player Patrick Ourceau and other New York based musicians, and has since become a fixture in the city’s thriving Irish music scene. Eamon is a highly respected accompanist as well as a talented singer-songwriter and interpreter of traditional Irish song.