Kern 'The Left & The Leaving'
- The Porcupine
- The New Jigs
- Little Things
- Bold Doherty
- Russian Reels
- Great Hunger
- Drowsyman’s Hornpipe/Martin Young's Polka
- Till the Docklands Drown
- Somers March/Daragh Patrick’s
- Bonny Light Horseman
Louth folk favourites Kern are back with the trio’s eagerly awaited new album, their first since their critically acclaimed debut False Deceiver.
The Left & The Leaving is a similar showcase of the band’s unusual mix of personalities: Barry Kieran is a former Leinster champion fiddler, steeped in the raw, pure music of Oriel; Brendan McCreanor is an uilleann piper of rare passion and versatility whose distinctive playing is at once both modern and rooted in tradition; and SJ McArdle is a critically acclaimed songwriter and singer who has previously toured and recorded internationally.
The Left and the Leaving is a blend of original songs and tunes written by the band members themselves alongside traditional material from their home county of Louth. The tracks were once again produced by Trevor Hutchinson and feature the Lúnasa/Waterboys man on double bass throughout. There are also appearances by Dónal O’Connor (Ulaid, At First Light) and Eamonn Moloney (Full Set, Aoife Scott).
Kern have been hard at work since the extensive press and radio coverage which accompanied the first album’s release, clocking up the miles on Ireland’s highways and byways. Along the way the band have also played shows in Germany, Canada and the US, including at Milwaukee Irish Fest and Folk Alliance International in Montréal. The band also won the 2018 Temple Bar TradFest showcase.
The new album’s release comes hard on the heels of the band’s sell-out showcase concert at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 and resulting live appearances on FleadhTV, RTE Radio 1’s John Creedon Show and Raidio na Gaeltachta.