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Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

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Although Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell are widely labelled as an English contemporary folk duo – and do indeed play some traditional songs – most of their songs are their own original compositions influenced by the folk tradition. Kearney is from Hexham in Northumberland and Farrell from Maidstone in Kent. They met whilst studying on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course in 2005, where Kearney was awarded the Alan Hull prize for songwriting. Having gigged at folk clubs and festivals, including Green Man, End of the Road and Cambridge Folk Festival, they came to the attention of fellow North East England folk musicians The Unthanks and Adrian McNally from The Unthanks produced The North Farm Sessions - their debut six-song EP, comprising largely their own compositions - which was met with effusive reviews from The Guardian, Uncut, Q Magazine and MTV. Tracks from the EP were featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music with a Campfire Special session recorded for Rob da Bank’s Radio 1 show in October 2010. Support slots on tours by The Unthanks and Bellowhead followed in 2009/10 with more favourable reviews.

Kite, their first full length album, was also recorded at North Farm and released on 10 October 2011. The intimacy of the duo’s sound is still at the heart of the record, but is fleshed out at times by Adrian McNally (The Unthanks) on piano, Dean Ravera on double bass, Chris Hibbard on trombone, Paul Ruddick on saxophone and clarinet and Peter Tickell (Peatbog Fairies, Sting, Kathryn Tickell Band) on fiddle.

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  • KuriousBanana

    I saw Jonny & Lucy supporting The Unthanks in Sevenoaks last night and they played a great set. I wish it could have been a few songs longer though! I bought the album and EP during the interval and was served by Jonny himself (such a nice man btw).

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • soopaman20

    Seen you at The Sage, Gateshead supporting The Smoke Fairies. Enjoyed your performance the most ;-) Missed you at The Green Man unfortunately but will be keeping eyes peeled and subscribed via your site.

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • clairelovesyou

    my mum introduced me to these singers there amazing.

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • donkeydonkey

    really nice surprise seeing you before the unthanks in vienna. i knew absolutely nothing about the evening, i was just going with a friend. i came in a bit late, and i thought you were the unthanks, and i was fine with that!

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • nathanroberts1

    Lovely lovely.

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • adamb1026

    Brilliant.

    26 Mar 2010 Reply