Chris O'Brien

Fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, and vocals

A founding member of Kennedy's Kitchen, Chris began classical violin at the age of 9 and later turned to Appalachia and Irish Traditional music. Her early influences include the soulful and rousing tunes of Tommy Peoples from County Donegal, Ireland and the all Irish born Bothy Band. She has studied fiddle at the Willie Clancy School in Milltown-Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.   She is an avid, accomplished gardener, just for the joy of taking care of flowers that have no other place to go. Chris has spent many summers in Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland.

Chris plays a Czech fiddle, 1947 unknown maker. Her banjo is believed to a Lyon and Healy, and is about 100 years old. The mandolin is a lovely, gentle Eastmon.

Photo by Sam Miller