Pear O'Legs Records Presents: Mikey Kenney + Josh Geffin
We are back in November bringing you the best in contemporary and traditional folk music.
Mikey Kenney is a fiddle player and balladeer from Liverpool, whose playing is steeped in both English and Irish traditional music. Well known as a constant traveller and collaborator, Mikey is a member of the acclaimed Robert Burns’ celebration Band of Burns, lead fiddler in the Liverpool Céilí Band and at work with Italian legend Vinicio Capossela. He also directs the cross-sea Irish traditional music collective, Hop the Sea.
He is a majestic singer, poetic songwriter, and English folk, Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass and Americana style fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist – could’ve been born any time in the past 500 years, but it’s no coincidence that he is alive and well today; for there are no coincidences in nature or the music that grows from its seed. This is indeed a stroke of luck for today’s booking agents, tavern owners, and all present and future lovers of ‘the real’.
A veritable magician of such substantive law, Kenney’s music (solo or collaborative) is a subtly powerful homage to the earth and hearts of humankind, and it succeeds from the bawdy level of spit and sawdust barroom sing-alongs to the lofty heights of the soul set free. Once heard, never forgotten.
A true professional, Kenney has given himself completely to his art, for he is it and it is life, and will still be heard in the northern winds and wilds in 500 years to come; a thread in the web that spans the ages.
“Mikey Kenney is a multi-facetted talent; fiddle, guitar and banjo all flow capably in his hands… Kenney’s music is thoughtful and refreshingly unique. There is much to admire here.” – Maverick Magazine
“Kenney’s music is thoughtful and refreshingly unique. There’s much to admire here.” -** John Brindle **
“As adventurous as it is accessible,The Counsel of Owls is a splendidly idiosyncratic record from a original talent” - 5/5 fROOTS magazine.
JOSH GEFFIN is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dorset now based in London. Known for his inventive fingerpicking guitar style and poetic lyrics, he has been performing on the London folk scene since the mid-2000s. He has released two records of original songs and an EP of traditional folk songs entitled Rocks Of Bawn, with an instrumental album forthcoming in 2018.
In 2018, Geffin took part in Other Lands Other Sounds, a residency in Portugal, collaborating with visual artists and classical musicians. Hum & Glow, his forthcoming release, is an album of ambient country-folk instrumentals. Emerging out of a period of spiritual exploration and influenced by country music as well as artists like Daniel Lanois and William Tyler, the record brings together Geffin’s accomplished acoustic fingerpicking with atmospheric electric guitar work.
“A fine new voice in an honourable British tradition of folk-based singer-songwriters” - R2
“Simply beautiful … full of acoustic grandness” - Maverick
_“The EP contains remarkable depth and gravity for just five tracks” - _Bright Young Folk