"Enda Kenny's Twelve Songs was the best Australian record of 1994. Kenny writes and sings the stories of today's Australians and fits these wonderful songs to equally wonderful melodies and arrangements" The Melburnian August 1996.
"Everything contemporary folk music should be" Folk On Tap UK "A trawl of gems of observation seen through the eyes of a transplanted Dubliner creating his own legend in Australia...get on his train now" John O'Regan, Rock 'N Reel.
A selection of six of Enda's new songs and six favourites from his extensive repertoire of other writers including Stan Rogers, Jez Lowe, Mick Ryan and local writers Joe Paolacci and Bernard Carney. The opening track is a homage to his mum and New Zealand and guest musicians include Kristina Olsen on slide guitar, Marcia Howard and Rose Bygraves on harmonies and Dave O'Neill on fiddle duet with Lindsay Martin.
"A fine collection of originals and covers...all in all, a charming and most enjoyable recording" Dirty Linen Feb/Mar 99.
"One of Australia's greatest folk albums... Enda Kenny is the finest folk-based singer-songwriter working in Australia" Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald. Port Fairy Songwriting Award 1996.
"He sings and plays guitar with gentle assurance and is blessed with backing musicians of immense skill and discernment - special mention for Lindsay Martin. I urge you to go and see him and to buy these lovely records. He is a cobber of fair dinkum proportions"!
"Kenny's power lies in his ability to express his feelings and moods with great musical and lyrical precision. He knows how words and music work together and, when that knowledge is attached to his warm, Irish voice and the excellent accompaniment (including Redgum's Hugh McDonald and Kavisha Mazzella) he produces folk-based music of the highest order". Sydney Morning Herald, November 2001
"As for the parody, I don't mind it at all. It made me laugh and if it makes a few others do the same, all to the good" Eric Bogle.
Folk Alliance Australia Album of The Year, Presenters Choice Award 2006.
"Enda Kenny is simply the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia. He has a voice that imbues every word with passion and injects just the right level of Irish (he was born in Dublin) rebellion and sentimentality" Bruce Elder, SMH May 2005
"Streets of Joyce is a fabulous song and Enda Kenny is probably the best Irish songwriter living outside of Ireland" Colum Sands.
"Truly wonderful rendition of "Johnny" but I was equally impressed by the rest of the album. Great theme anyway, but the songs are each better than the next with great lyrics and unfussy tunes that hang on the words like well-made clothes". George Papavergeris
"A pearl in our midst" Folk on Tap, UK
Enda Kenny is an Irish-Born songwriter who has made his home in Melbourne, Australia since the late 1980's. His thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive homeland have struck a chord with festival audiences all over Australia and are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. Proud to sing of where he lives rather than where he left, he continues to grow his international audience with recent trips to Germany, UK, NZ and Canada.
"On small stages to intimate audiences or large stages to festival audiences he always holds the crowd in the palm of his hand. Witty and intelligent songwriting and a brilliant night's entertainment" Eleanor McEvoy.
After a decade of juggling performance with a career in Public Housing, the release of Heart Tattoo allowed a return to full-time music in 2013 and Enda has toured with superb multi-instrumentalist Dave O'Neill since last year. Dave is a former Artistic Director of Australia's National Folk Festival and spent a decade on the road with Eric Bogle Band. From their very first appearance together at Newstead Live Festival it was clear that Kenny & O'Neill have a musical alliance that will continue to amaze and engage every audience they play to. Long time bassist Sandy Brady completes the line up when festival commitments allow.
"The finest Irish songwriter living overseas" Colum Sands
After a six week tour in the UK, Enda is back in Melbourne and looking forward to September and October festivals in NSW at Yass, Folk by the Sea in Kiama and Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival - all with Dave O'Neill. They are also at Healesville Folk Festival and Newstead Live as well as some solo shows around town. Check the gigs page for full details.
UK bookings through Oscars Music Agency. Enda is back in the UK for August and September in 2017 and Dave O'Neill is joining him for the last few weeks of the tour in Holland and UK.
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