Nuala Kennedy

Ireland

World-renowned traditional singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy grew up playing Irish music in Dundalk, County Louth and currently resides in Ennis, County Clare with her Appalachian singer husband A. J. Roach and their two young children. Her fourth solo release, Behave the Bravest (2016), received accolades from reviewers and fans around the globe. Known for her creative reworking and reimagining of traditional songs and for her unique Irish flute style—formed in Dundalk and honed in her long-time adopted home of Edinburgh, Scotland—Nuala is a musical adventurer who is recognized world-wide as a superlative performer of traditional music. Her latest recording, Sun Dogs (2019), is a live album made by Snowflake Trio, a group she co-founded with Norwegian musicians Vegar Vårdal and Frode Haltli. Since 2002, Nuala has performed at Celtic Colours solo and with Fine Friday, the Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours, Snowflake Trio, Oirialla and The Alt. This year, Nuala is one of the Festival’s Artists in Residence along with Troy MacGillivray.

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