Artist Profiles: Nuala Kennedy

Nuala Kennedy

Nuala Kennedy grew up in Dundalk, Co. Louth where she was a member of the ceilidh band Ceoltoiri Oga Oghrialla. In 1995 she moved to Scotland where she now lives. She is best known for her work with trio Fine Friday, with whom she has toured extensively and recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, Gone Dancing (March 2002) and Mowing the Machair (Dec 2004).

An accomplished and versatile musician, with a wide repertoire of Scottish traditional and contemporary music, she is much in demand as a session musician and plays with the Celtic big band The Unusual Suspects.

Nuala has tutored flute at the Boxwood Flute School and The Coast String Association in Canada, and on the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle University. She has worked for Channel 4 ‘ideas factory’, teaches for Feisean Nan Gaidheal and assists teachers using ABC, an innovative new creative music program for primary schools.

In 2006, Nuala toured the U.K. and Ireland with Harem Scarem alongside Bonnie Prince Billy (a.k.a. indie poet Will Oldham) and returned to Cape Breton Island for Celtic Colours International Festival.


The New Shoes (Compass, 2007)
Tune In (Compass, 2010)
Enthralled, with Oliver Schroer (Borealis, 2011)
Noble Stranger (Compass, 2012)
Behave the Bravest (Under the Arch, 2016)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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