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Short Bio

"Irish Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart"     

It's a mix of all things Irish from traditional, sean-nos, to pub songs and sing-a-longs.  We are family and friends, gathering on Thursday evenings for dinner, laughter and music since 1998, rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, recitations, stories, songs… and adding our own compositions along the way.

Long Bio

Kennedy's Kitchen has been making music and telling stories together since 1998, everything from backyard birthday parties and weddings to concert halls and festivals.   They have traveled as far as New York City and Florida, and releasing six CDs along the way, including their acclaimed 2019 release, The Whiskey of Truth, and their 2013 release, The Birds Upon The Trees, now with over 2.5 million streams on Spotify.   They appear frequently in local venues such as Fiddler's Hearth, The Box Factory for the Arts, and The Acorn Theatre.....as well as at national Irish festivals such as Michigan Irish Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest, The Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA, Erin Fest in Peoria, IL, Dayton Irish Fest in Dayton, OH, Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center Irish Fest, LaCrosse Irish Fest, and Osh Kosh Irish Fest.  With a modern sound, they are deeply are rooted in traditional Irish music... jigs, reels, hornpipes, aires, stories, and songs; but it's all about having a good laugh, and if needed, a good cry.  Much of it is original: songs and recitations as well as newly composed jigs, reels, and aires. From toe-tapping to deeply moving, it's always fun. The band is lead by joHn Kennedy, award winning singer and guitar player. It's Kitchen Music from the home, the hearth, and the heart.

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 "Kennedy’s Kitchen’s music, and joHn’s storytelling shares the graceful art of bringing everyone together—into the kitchen where traditional Irish music is at it’s very best.   joHn Kennedy’s voice resonates through a ballad, or a story, in an extraordinarily rich melodic baritone.  You feel like you’ve been invited into something familiar, and ancient, something that reaches way back into the spirit of what’s best in human beings.  The band’s reverence for the tradition is both remarkable and spell-binding, creating a sound that is uniquely their own, both modern and very old.  Sonically beautiful, soulfully engaging, virtuosity, original, remarkably funny, and at times profoundly moving, Kennedy’s Kitchen is more than just music."
George Shricker, Founder and Director of The Wild Rose Moon, and The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour

“To hear Kennedy’s Kitchen is to experience the heart of music, the culture of the songs being handed from musician to musician, the beauty of melody untouched by gimmick and the magic of this group of musicians coming together with one aim - to leave you, and them, breathless.  Then, on the the next song, they’ll have you partying and dancing as never before.  Oneof America’s best!” 
Tom Schaub, Entertainment Director, Michigan Irish Music Festival

“We had such a great time with Kennedy’s Kitchen. The virtuosity of the musicians paired with some great storytelling made our audience feel immediately ‘at home.’ It’s an authentic slice of Irish Americana….transporting audiences to a simpler time with folk music for the soul. A tighter, more authentic ensemble is hard to be found, homespun yet original in their approach. Recommended at any time of the year, but especially during the high season for celebrating Irish culture and heritage.”   
Tom Robbins,  Executive Director, Heritage Center for the Performing Arts, University of Dubuque

"Kennedy's Kitchen delivered as promised! They were one of the nicest groups we have ever hosted. The concert was wonderful; the stories were entertaining, and the musicians were extraordinary and gracious. Who would have thought that a Sunday afternoon in the Kitchen could be so much fun!" 
Mary Jane Ormerod, Music Series Coordinator, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne IN

In September 2006, The Kitchen shared equal billing with Tommy Makem at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.    
"Kennedy’s Kitchen, was excellent. They have a lovely traditional flavor, relaxed attitude, and a fantastic sound." 
A Tommy Makem fan, taken from the Makem guest site.