Sea Church presents…
Gold Wavey Line

Brian Kennedy

Seated Gig

22nd December

@8:30pm - 10pm

Doors Open 8pm




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Brian Kennedy

December 22 @ 8:30 pm 10:00 pm

Brian Kennedy is one of Ireland’s most inspired and revered ambassadors of music. He is not
only a prolific songwriter but a master interpreter of lyrics as well, and audiences around the world
continue to praise his exceptional vocal talents. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, the multi-
platinum recording artist remains one of Ireland’s most popular singing stars.
With “a voice to charm the angels,” Brian survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West
Belfast, at the height of its hellish history against all the odds to carve an extraordinary career in
music. “It’s a miracle that I survived my childhood and became a singer really, given where and
how my life started, but somehow my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.” That voice
set him on a course that changed his life forever.
From harmonizing with ambulance sirens as a child to finally overcoming stage fright, his gradual
ascent was nothing short of incredible. He busked on the dangerous streets of his hometown,
whatever the political climate, until a sudden escape to London at 18 where he survived the only
way he knew how. He sang unaccompanied in the underground stations and outside the Dominion
Theatre, sometimes literally in order to eat and until he finally saved up enough money for a guitar.
Soon thereafter, Brian was discovered by British entrepreneur/manager Simon Fuller.
Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter declaring “music is my lifeblood.” His
constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA, including the
major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base, over a phenomenal
three-decade career.
Spotted by Belfast legend Van Morrison, Brian was invited to a rehearsal one day which resulted in
Morrison recruiting him to join his now unforgettable “Blues & Soul Revue” tour as guest lead
singer. Thanks to Van’s ongoing mentoring and generosity, Brian found himself sharing vocal
duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking array of
some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker
to name a few. Performing at Madison Square Garden in New York was a far cry from the Falls
Road. His unique voice can be heard harmonizing and answering Van on five of his major hit
albums including “A Night In San Francisco” and “Days Like This.”
Throughout the relentless touring with Van Morrison, Brian somehow managed to maintain a
stream of chart-making albums. “A Better Man” (1996) and “Now That I Know What I Want” (1999),
both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male
Album, as did the highly acclaimed “Homebird” (2006) and cover album “Interpretations” (2008).
Brian has done impromptu performances with Stevie Wonder at Ronnie Scotts in London and,
incredibly and proudly, he is one of only a few to have also sung with the late legendary Jeff
Buckley at Sin-É in New York.
Brian was the very first international artist to record the now famous uplifting anthem “You Raise
Me Up” by Secret Garden in 2001, today one of his most popular signature songs. His heart-
wrenching LIVE performance of “You Raise Me Up” at the funeral of Irish football legend George
Best was released as a single and earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts. This song has
since been recorded by over 1,000 artists.
Brian is a natural TV (The Voice-Ireland coach) and radio host (ClareFM) as well as lead performer
on diverse international stages. From his role in Riverdance-On Broadway in New York (nine
months/over 300 performances) to Eurovision 2006 in Athens, Brian also found time to write and
publish two fiction novels that were an instant success. He continues to receive many prestigious

awards, including the 2019 West Belfast Legend Award, 2010 Ireland Meteor Lifetime
Achievement Award for Music, and an even rarer Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters by the
University of Ulster for his contribution to Literature and Arts.
2016 found Brian busy in the studio recording a 32-track double CD “The Essential Collection”
comprising all brand-new recordings from the past and present including a duet with Boy George.
Brian maintains that “music is the language of emotion,” and after all his years performing and
recording with Van Morrison, he favors the live shows above all else. “Van always said you’re only
as good as your last gig.”
Also in 2016, Brian began a challenging journey with cancer and he cites singing and performing
as the motivation for staying positive. “The gigs make everything worthwhile, the fans’ support
means the world to me,” he said. “If anything, the diagnosis and treatment has given me greater
focus and determination to get through it all. Music is the ultimate healer and my voice has never
let me down.” The same year, Brian’s iconic album “A Better Man” turned 20 and what better
place to celebrate than on stage doing what he loves best. He performed the entire album in
Dublin’s prestigious Vicar Street venue on October 13, 2016.
In 2017, following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he released the “Live at Vicar
Street, Dublin” double CD and bonus DVD before heading to China for a tour with Secret Garden
where they had a huge hit with Brian performing “You Raise Me Up.”
Brian recorded his first ever collection of his most beloved Christmas songs with brand new,
breath-taking arrangements for some old and new classic Christmas songs resulting in the 2018
release of the album “Christmassy.”
In October of 2018 Brian had a nine-hour operation that was life changing and in recovery he
returned to the stage a mere two weeks after leaving hospital to sing at a fundraiser for a friend.
In June 2019 Brian completed a five-month chemotherapy chapter and was given the all
clear…cancer free! During his period of healing, he wrote new songs which reflect his incredible
journey. The result: the poignant and inspiring EP aptly entitled “Recovery.” He performed these
new songs for the first time at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
It has long been a desire of Brian’s to perform at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. He realized
that dream on December 9, 2019 and had the 3,000 plus SRO crowd in the palm of his hand as
they sang along with him.
Brian recorded and co-wrote the song “Things Are Gonna Change” with Boy George (released
April, 2020).



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