Bap Kennedy – Let’s Start Again (2014)

Posted by on February 3, 2014as

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“Let’s Start Again” is Bap Kennedy’s 6th solo album of original material. His original encounter with the record business was as lead singer and primary songwriter for cult Belfast rockers Energy Orchard, with whom he recorded 5 albums.

While Bap usually records in England and America, this time he wanted to bring together some of the top musicians in his native Northern Ireland to play on “Let’s Start Again”. The most local of the local talents is bass player and harmony vocalist, Brenda Kennedy, Bap’s wife. Brenda is also a regular member of Bap’s live band, as are two of the album’s other musicians – drummer Rabb Bennett and virtuoso guitarist Gordy McAllister.

After the Celtic melancholy of “The Sailor’s Revenge”, there is a more upbeat rootsy Americana feel to “Let’s Start Again”. The country-roots style of the record is something that Bap’s co-producer, Mudd Wallace first realised would suit Bap as far back as the early 80’s.

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