Once again Kennedy's Kitchen has blessed us with a delightful CD, "The Birds Upon the Trees". This album is full of jigs and reels and you can feel the joy and excitement that the band is experiencing as they play their instruments.
Four songs in particular really amazed me, the title song, "The Birds Upon the Trees", "Patrick Coyle", "Remember Dubh Loch" and "The Month of January". The vocals and tones are perfect and hauntingly beautiful! "Patrick Coyle" was written by joHn Kennedy. It is a song about his grandpa and the Easter Rising. You know this song was written with a deep respect and love for the man...the words are so powerful.
I have enjoyed this wonderful album countless times! This is a CD you MUST have. My hats off to Kennedy's Kitchen for producing such a magnificent album...I find I can't wait for their next one!
The Celtic Crier
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 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
Kennedy's Kitchen "The Hotting Fire" is full of rare gems: Bob Harke's "Vinegar Hill" and Rob Weber's "Children in the Band [are] classics. "Crickets in the Hearth" a recitation by joHn, will take you on a trip to Donegal, back in time to 1916... beautiful stuff. Kennedy's Kitchen are the real deal, and this album...captures the rich talent and versatility of these committed musicians.
Shay Clark, Irish American News
About "The Birds Upon The Trees": After a string of memorable CDs, this is by far the best they’ve done and has something for everyone. A load of finely done instrumental pieces, some powerful vocals, masterful renditions of traditional tunes and some new tunes as well. I particularly enjoyed a new ballad written by joHn Kennedy about his Grandfather, Patrick Coyle, who, as a young man, fought in the Easter rising. I am a fan of rebel songs and it’s a thrill to be present at the birth of a new one written with (such) love and respect. It’s a joy each year to watch Kennedy’s Kitchen perform ...their love for the music is always evident... (they) have developed a style both unique and entertaining. They are a delightful bunch of people as well. One last point, this CD takes the prize for beautiful cover art.
Irish American News, March 2013
I would like to thoroughly endorse Kennedy's Kitchen..They performed as part of the Fermilab Arts Series last Summer,
and in addition to technical virtuosity and musicianship, their love of the music and dedication to each other was evident throughout the program. The performance was genuine and heartfelt and provided a true evening of music and camaraderie to our audience.
Janet Mackay-Galbraith,Cultural Events Coordinator, Batavia IL
"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. One of America's best."
Tom Schaub, Entertainment Director Michigan Irish Music Festival
'A Pocketful Of Lint' contains some of the best traditional Irish music there is - plus some great original tunes and songs. The musicianship is outstanding. A thoroughly entertaining CD - just what you'd expect from one of the top Irish bands in the Midwest. Buy a copy - you'll be glad you did."
Al Kniola, Host of The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio