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Enda Kenny

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Enda's latest release highlights the songwriter and entertainer we have come to know and love and is the perfect companion to the timeless Heart Tattoo. The trademark humour is ever present and Vigil, his thoughtful tribute to Jill Meagher and Eurydice Dixon, shows yet again that he is among the best when it comes to issues based songwriting.

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Heart Tattoo

Enda Kenny

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Enda Kenny – Heart Tattoo CD Review by Graham Blackley

Heart Tattoo is the seventh studio album by Melbourne-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Enda Kenny. Listening to this accomplished album, it doesn’t take long to understand why the Irish-born Kenny has won the Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting award on two occasions as his lyrics

Enda Kenny – Heart Tattoo CD Review by Graham Blackley

Heart Tattoo is the seventh studio album by Melbourne-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Enda Kenny. Listening to this accomplished album, it doesn’t take long to understand why the Irish-born Kenny has won the Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting award on two occasions as his lyrics envelop the listener into vividly drawn worlds that inspire both recognition and understanding. On opening track King St. he playfully yet astutely encapsulates the character of so much nocturnal street-life when he drawls, “There ain’t no kings on King Street/ in the hours before the dawn/No princes on that Princes Bridge/from midnight until morn.” On the tender Jodie, a song which has the sophisticated lilt of Leonard Cohen’s classic work, Kenny ably (and with gentle humour) conjures the significance of those everyday relationships that give our lives both richness and colour whilst making us feel part of the world in which we live: “You can walk in feelin’/Like you haven’t got a dime/ And leave like you’re a millionaire/All it takes is thirty minutes of her time/ And did I mention? She cuts hair.” The rich seams of melody that run through this album complement the evocative lyrics while the musicianship on display is of the highest order. Heart Tattoo is a sterling example of modern and sophisticated folk music at its best.

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Pearler

Enda Kenny

"A pearl in our midst" Folk on Tap, UK

"The album is a magical journey" Rob Mailer ABC Broome

"Truly wonderful rendition of "Johnny" but I was equally impressed by the rest of the album. Great theme, and the songs are each better than the next with great lyrics and unfussy tunes that hang on the words like well-made clothes". George Papavergeris

"A pearl in our midst" Folk on Tap, UK

"The album is a magical journey" Rob Mailer ABC Broome

"Truly wonderful rendition of "Johnny" but I was equally impressed by the rest of the album. Great theme, and the songs are each better than the next with great lyrics and unfussy tunes that hang on the words like well-made clothes". George Papavergeris

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Here and There

Enda Kenny

Folk Alliance Australia Album of The Year, Presenters Choice Award 2006.

"Enda Kenny is simply the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia. He has a voice that imbues every word with passion and injects just the right level of Irish (he was born in Dublin) rebellion and sentimentality" Bruce Elder, SMH May 2005

"Streets of Joyce is a

Folk Alliance Australia Album of The Year, Presenters Choice Award 2006.

"Enda Kenny is simply the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia. He has a voice that imbues every word with passion and injects just the right level of Irish (he was born in Dublin) rebellion and sentimentality" Bruce Elder, SMH May 2005

"Streets of Joyce is a fabulous song and Enda Kenny is probably the best Irish songwriter living outside of Ireland" Colum Sands.

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Cloud Lining

Enda Kenny

"Kenny's power lies in his ability to express his feelings and moods with great musical and lyrical precision. He knows how words and music work together and, when that knowledge is attached to his warm, Irish voice and the excellent accompaniment (including Redgum's Hugh McDonald and Kavisha Mazzella) he produces folk-based music of the highest

"Kenny's power lies in his ability to express his feelings and moods with great musical and lyrical precision. He knows how words and music work together and, when that knowledge is attached to his warm, Irish voice and the excellent accompaniment (including Redgum's Hugh McDonald and Kavisha Mazzella) he produces folk-based music of the highest order". Sydney Morning Herald, November 2001

"As for the parody, I don't mind it at all. It made me laugh and if it makes a few others do the same, all to the good" Eric Bogle.

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Six of One

Enda Kenny

A selection of six of Enda's new songs and six favourites from his extensive repertoire of other writers including Stan Rogers, Jez Lowe, Mick Ryan and local writers Joe Paolacci and Bernard Carney. The opening track is a homage to his mum and New Zealand and guest musicians include Kristina Olsen on slide guitar, Marcia Howard and Rose Bygraves

A selection of six of Enda's new songs and six favourites from his extensive repertoire of other writers including Stan Rogers, Jez Lowe, Mick Ryan and local writers Joe Paolacci and Bernard Carney. The opening track is a homage to his mum and New Zealand and guest musicians include Kristina Olsen on slide guitar, Marcia Howard and Rose Bygraves on harmonies and Dave O'Neill on fiddle duet with Lindsay Martin.

"A fine collection of originals and covers...all in all, a charming and most enjoyable recording" Dirty Linen Feb/Mar 99.

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Bakers Dozen

Enda Kenny

"One of Australia's greatest folk albums... Enda Kenny is the finest folk-based singer-songwriter working in Australia" Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald. Port Fairy Songwriting Award 1996.

"He sings and plays guitar with gentle assurance and is blessed with backing musicians of immense skill and discernment - special mention for Lindsay Martin.

"One of Australia's greatest folk albums... Enda Kenny is the finest folk-based singer-songwriter working in Australia" Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald. Port Fairy Songwriting Award 1996.

"He sings and plays guitar with gentle assurance and is blessed with backing musicians of immense skill and discernment - special mention for Lindsay Martin. I urge you to go and see him and to buy these lovely records. He is a cobber of fair dinkum proportions"! Alan Rose, Tykes News Summer 97

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Twelve Songs

Enda Kenny

1993 Toodyay Songwriting Award WA.

"Enda Kenny's Twelve Songs was the best Australian record of 1994. Kenny writes and sings the stories of today's Australians and fits these wonderful songs to equally wonderful melodies and arrangements" The Melburnian August 1996.

"Everything contemporary folk music should be" Folk On Tap UK "A trawl of gems of

1993 Toodyay Songwriting Award WA.

"Enda Kenny's Twelve Songs was the best Australian record of 1994. Kenny writes and sings the stories of today's Australians and fits these wonderful songs to equally wonderful melodies and arrangements" The Melburnian August 1996.

"Everything contemporary folk music should be" Folk On Tap UK "A trawl of gems of observation seen through the eyes of a transplanted Dubliner creating his own legend in Australia...get on his train now" John O'Regan, Rock 'N Reel.

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Hooked (Song on Compilation "Melbourne in 60 Seconds")

Enda Kenny

‘Melbourne in 60 Seconds’ is a collaborative effort, born in lockdown as a positive project during testing times, a bit of joy amid the frustration.

Firstly a challenge, a distraction and an opportunity to do what musicians do best – compose and perform music.

Secondly, as the doors opened once again and music slowly returned to the stages, the

‘Melbourne in 60 Seconds’ is a collaborative effort, born in lockdown as a positive project during testing times, a bit of joy amid the frustration.

Firstly a challenge, a distraction and an opportunity to do what musicians do best – compose and perform music.

Secondly, as the doors opened once again and music slowly returned to the stages, the corners, the pubs and the footpaths, a reminder of what a great musical town Melbourne is.

You will find offerings reflecting on everything from the weather, the G, pubs and their clientele, Moomba, street lights, communication towers, lost love, lockdown, the lanes, the streets, the suburbs and the city.

The performers are as varied as the music – established acts, troubadours, careers spanning fifty plus years to the emerging and those yet to set foot on a stage.

There were only three rules; the work had to be original, relate in some way to Melbourne, with a maximum length of one minute (though some apparently believe a minute is 64 seconds which we’ll put down to inflation.

Music is part of the fabric of this city and both shapes and reflects our culture.

It sets Melbourne apart, it attracts, it employs and it celebrates.

This is a salute to the performers, the road crews, designers, the venues, the pubs, the record stores, all those involved directly or indirectly in getting the music out there – and of course the punters, without whose support there would be no music industry.

All profit from CD sales and downloads will be donated to Support Act.

Purchase here: https://melbournein60seconds.com.au

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