|Saturday 14 May 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
Mikey Kenney & The Saltcutters
“Mikey Kenney – majestic singer, poetic songwriter and Irish, Folk, Bluegrass and Americana style fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist – could’ve been born any time in the past 500 years, but it’s no coincidence that he is alive and well today; for there are no coincidences in nature or the music that grows from its seed. This is indeed a stroke of luck for today’s booking agents, tavern owners, and all present and future lovers of ‘the real’.
A veritable magician of such substantive law, Kenney’s music (solo or collaborative) is a subtly powerful homage to the earth and hearts of humankind, and it succeeds from the bawdy level of spit and sawdust barroom sing-alongs to the lofty heights of the soul set free. Once heard, never forgotten.
Kenney is a busy young man; as his solo project, ‘Ottersgear’ releases its second LP, The Counsel of Owls, he continues to play with a dazzling array of his contemporaries, including: The Bog Standards (his Irish dance band) Dan Haywood’s New Hawks, and Alabaster DePlume’s Copernicus Ensemble. Such hard work has bred a semi-cult following and only increases his and our appetites for more of the same.
A true professional, Kenney has given himself completely to his art, for he is it and it is life, and will still be heard in the northern winds and wilds in 500 years to come; a thread in the web that spans the ages.”
It’s a busy time for Saltcutters; they’re powering an almighty transformation from trio to quartet after shedding their old name (The Bog Standards) and bringing flautist Evelyn Broderick into the fold. Liverpool-Irish dance band Saltcutters are not only bigger and better than before; they’re steaming with ambition, original arrangements and a near-impossible amount of energy. They’ve exciting prospects ahead; new recordings, new arrangements, original compositions, a lot of gigs lined up and further tour plans.
Words by Joel Rowan Morgan
“..they hit hard, their melodies instantaneously transporting you to those green lands, managing to embody the most swirling of Irish music… Their version of trad folk sounds like the kind that makes you feel real nostalgia even if you’ve only been to a wedding in Cork, once… The toe-tapping gets a little too fast for my skills, but Knighton expertly drives on as Nick Branton whistles around the sharp and precise fiddling of Kenney, surely fatal to anyone standing behind him!” ~ Bido Lito Magazine
“A True Companion, and I can think of no higher praise” ~ Bearded Magazine
“A diverse wondrous portrait of a thoughtful soul and his home.” ~ Spiral Earth
“Perplexingly attractive.” ~ FolkWords
”A one of a kind album.” ~ Is This Music?
“Truly this is music from the heart, for the heart.” ~ Rocksucker