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The New Shoes

Nuala Kennedy: The New Shoes (Compass 7 4452-2)

The New Shoes
Nuala Kennedy

Compass Records 7 4452-2 (CD, US, 1 February 2007)

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Produced by Bob Kenyan;
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Paul McGeechan;
Photos by Louis De Carlo except Nuala Kennedy & Cathal McConnell photo by Catriona Helliwell;
Original design by The 16K Design Works;
Compass re-package by Griffon Norman at Box


Nuala Kennedy: vocals, flute, tin whistle;
Claire Mann: flute, fiddle, whistle, vocals;
Marc Clement: guitar, vocals;
Julian Sutton: melodeon;
Mhairi Hall: piano

Donald Hay: percussion;
Mario Caribé: bass;
Cathal McConnell: vocals;
Daniel Lapp: trumpet


  1. The Pink Flamingo: The Pink Flamingo Jig / Eight and Forty Sisters / The Return of the Whistles (4.21)
  2. Cáit i nGarráin a Bhile (3.41)
  3. Hop Jigs: Michael Gorman’s / Need Na Lochan (The Nest in the Lake) / Top the Candle (3.11)
  4. Dolphin School: Thane’s Hornpipe / La Ridé / Hip Hip Bourrée (4.26)
  5. The Groves of Donaghmore (3.44)
  6. Over to Brittany: Là-bas dans la prairie (Out There in the Field) / La valsounette (4.32)
  7. Erin on the Rhine / Through the Back Yard (6.29)
  8. Slippy: Co Ni Mire Ri Mairi? (Who’ll Dance With Mary?) / Rogha Inion de Brun (Miss Brown’s Fancy) / Tar Suas Staighre Liom (Come Upstairs With Me) (3.28)
  9. Highlands and Islands: Francie Dearg’s Highland / Siùdaibh ‘Illean / Gabhaibh ‘M Port / Angus the Winemaker / Ward Allen’s (3.57)
  10. A Bhean Úd Thíos (4.03)
  11. The New Shoes: The Buddha’s Delight / Seachdain Nana Deuchainn (Exam Week) / El Paso (7.19)
  12. Nuala and Jane (3.54)

All tracks trad. except
Tracks 1ac, 11bc Nuala Kennedy;
Track 4a James Scott Skinner;
Track 4c P. Yates;
Track 6b Jacky Molard;
Tracks 9de Kinnon Beaton;
Tracks 7b, 11a Julian Sutton


The Nuala Kennedy Big Band (with Dana Lyn, Iain Macleod, Brian Kellock, Mario Caribe, Mike Bryan, Julian Sutton, Iain Copeland) perform the New Shoes set for ‘Tune In’ in January 2010:

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Tune In

Nuala Kennedy: Tune In (Compass 7 4534 2)

Tune In
Nuala Kennedy

Compass Records 7 4534 2 (CD, US, 2 March 2010)

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Produced by Nuala Kennedy;
Recorded by Keith Bird at Parklane Glasgow; Dave Kaey at Bootcamp Recordins, Edinburgh; Tony Flaherty at his studio in Killarney, Co. Kerry; Calum Malcolm at his studio, North Berwick;
Additional recording by Nuala Kennedy at Easter Road Studios, Edinburgh; vocals and strings for track 9 by Oliver Schroer ar Mountjoy Studios, Toront;
Samples on tracks 8 and 10 are from Ben Grossman’s album Macrophone;
String arrangements on tracks 6-7 by Robert McFall;
String arrangements on track 9 by Oliver Schroer;
Drawings and photography by Keith McIntyre;
Group photograph in booklet by Douglas Robertson;
Sleeve design by The 16K Design Works


Nuala Kennedy: vocals, flute, low whistle, tin whistle;
Bonnie Prince Billy: vocals;
Norman Blake: vocals;
Oliver Schroer: fiddle;
Mario Caribé: double bass [1, 4-5, 7, 10];
Julian Sutton: diatonic accordion [4-5, 7, 10];
Donald Hay: percussion [4-5, 7, 10];
Mike Bryan: guitar [1, 4-5, 7, 10];
Mike Galvin: guitar [1, 9];
Phillipe Guidat: nylon string guitar [2, 8];
Alasdair White: fiddle [1, 4, 10];
Iain MacLeod: mandolin [4, 10];
Luke Daniels: button accordion [1];
Ryan Quigley: flugelhorn, trumpet [2, 10];
Brian Kellock: piano [3, 7, 10];
Nicolas Boulerice: hurdy-gurdy [6, 8];
Les Kirstein: cello [3];
Robert McFall: violin [5, 9];
Bryan Shields: viola [5, 9];
Su-a Lee: cello [5, 9]


  1. Footsteps / Julian and Iwona’s (3.17)
  2. All of These Days (2.09)
  3. My True Love / Mo Bhuachaillín Donn (4.13)
  4. The Waves of the Silvery Tide (Roud 561; Laws O37; Henry H77) (5.33)
  5. Definitely Deadly / The Fragilous Fly (4.42)
  6. Thíos Cois na Trá / Down by the Strand (5.19)
  7. The Books in My Library (3.41)
  8. The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle (Roud 2191; Laws H29) (3.56)
  9. Little Bird / Baron Von Tweed (5.14)
  10. Five Mile Town / Cider Street / The New Yorker (10.42)

Tracks 1-2, 5, 7, 9-10 Nuala Kennedy;
Tracks 3-4, 6, 8 trad.

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Noble Stranger

Nuala Kennedy: Noble Stranger (Compass 7 4579-2)

Noble Stranger
Nuala Kennedy

Compass Records 7 4579-2 (CD, US, 19 June 2012)

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Produces by Nuala Kennedy;
Recorded at Gran’s House with Angus Lyon and Keith Bird;
Mixed by Paul Savage at Chem 19, Glasgow;
Mastered by Randy LeRoy at Airshow Mastering, Tacoma Park, MD;
Photographs on cover by Louis Decarlo;
Photographs in booklet by Marh Archibald;
Sleeve design by The 16K Design Works

Bright Young Folk review by Patrick Roos


Nuala Kennedy: flute, vocals, whistles, keyboards;
Iain Macleod: ten-string mandolin, banjo;
Mike Bryan: guitar, pedals;
Donald Hay: drums, percussion;
Mario Caribe: bass [1-2, 4-5, 7];
Euan Burton: bass [3, 8, 12];
A.J. Roach: vocals [5]


  1. Gabriel Sings (2.36)
  2. My Bonny Labouring Boy (Roud 1162; Laws M14; Henry H576) (4.19)
  3. Love at the Swimming Pool: March of the Pterodactyl / Love at the Swimming Pool (5.48)
  4. Lord Duneagle (Roud 48; Child 75; G/D 6:1232) (4.33)
  5. Lonely City (5.05)
  6. Asturias (part one): Lord Elcho’s Lament / Kafoozulum (5.04)
  7. Asturias (part two): Entemediu De Xuansín / Alborada Asturiana (3.24)
  8. Paddy’s Lamentation (Roud 2314) (3.52)
  9. The Banks of the Roses (Roud 603; G/D 7:1444) / The Skylark’s Ascension (3.25)
  10. Napoleon’s Dream (Roud 1538) / John Stephen of Chance Inn (5.52)
  11. Matt Hyland (Roud 2880) (6.29)
  12. Voodoo: La Valse de Pastoriaux / The Dusty Miller / Suck / The Unborn Identity (5.29 )

Tracks 1, 3ab, 5 Nuala Kennedy;
Tracks 2, 4, 6ab, 7ab, 8, 9a, 10a, 11, 12b trad.;
Track 9b Archie Lindsay;
Track 10b Angus Fitchet;
Track 12a Jacky Molard;
Track 12c Niall Kenny;
Track 12d Julian Sutton

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Behave the Bravest

Nuala Kennedy: Behave the Bravest (Under the Arch UTACD003)

Behave the Bravest
Nuala Kennedy

Under the Arch Records UTACD003 (CD, UK, 29 January 2016)

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Produced by Nuala Kennedy;
Mixed by Paul Savage, Chem 19, Glasgow;
Mastered by Adam Berg, Manifest Music, Santa Monica, LA;
Artwork by Amy Bogard;
Photography by Margaret Ryland;
Sleeve design by The 16K Design Works

Folk Radio UK review by Neil McFadyen


Nuala Kennedy: vocals, flute, whistles

Shona Mooney: fiddle;
Michael Bryan: guitar;
Donald Hay: drums, percussion;
Eamon O’ Leary: guitar, bouzouki, vocals [1, 3, 5];
Johnny Connolly: button accordion [1, 3, 5];
Mathias Kunzli: drums, percussion [1, 3, 5];
Joe Philips: double bass [4-5, 8-10];
Paul Savage: percussion [2]


  1. Lovely Armoy (Roud 13541; Henry H9) (5.04)
  2. Hi Bonnet So Blue (4.07)
  3. Mo Bhuachaill Dubh Dhonn (My Brown Haired Boy) / Young Tom Ennis (jig) (5.15)
  4. Le Funambule (The Tightrope Walker) (instrumental) (5.22)
  5. Fair Annie of the Loch Royanne (Roud 49; Child 76; G/D 6:1226) (8.29)
  6. Úrchnoc Chéin Mhic Cáinte (The Fair Hill of Killen) (3.32)
  7. Glen Where the Deer Is / The Ivy Leaf / The Dublin Lasses (reels) (3.03)
  8. The Lion’s Den / The Burning House (slow reel) (6.06)
  9. Death and the Lady (Roud 1031) (3.34)
  10. Muñeira de Paula / The Broken Lantern / Barralín (jigs) (4.38)

All tracks trad. except
Track 4 Gilles le Bigot;
Track 8 Brenda Stubbert;
Track 9 melody Shirley Collins;
Track 10a Xuaca Amieva;
Track 10b José Manuel Tejedor


Nuala Kennedy sings Lovely Armoy:

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Nuala Kennedy: Shorelines (Under the Arch UTACD005)

Nuala Kennedy

Under the Arch Records UTACD005 (CD, UK, 7 July 2023)

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Shorelines was initially commissioned as a concept piece by Glór Theatre, Ennis, in 2020, written during lockdown, and premiered in October 2021.

Produced by Nuala Kennedy;
Additional production by Todd Sickafoose;
Recorded at Malbay Studios, County Clare;
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal;
Mastered by Alan Douches, West West Side Music;
Photography by Eamon Ward;
Sleeve design by The 16K Design Works

Folk Radio UK review by Dave McNally


Nuala Kennedy: vocals, flutes, whistles;
Tara Breen: fiddle;
Tony Byrne: guitar;
Caoimhín Vallely: piano;
Moira Smiley, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: backing vocals;
Todd Sickafoose: double bass


  1. Sally Sits Weeping (Roud 170) / Blue Devils’ Jig (5.55)
  2. Father Father (Roud 273; Laws K12; G/D 6:1245) (4.59)
  3. Saltwater / Flow / Cúcúín (8.48)
  4. Ye Lovers All (Roud 1910; Laws M11; Henry H198, H525) (4.23)
  5. Wake (5.52)
  6. Sea Reels: Downtown Troy / Haul Away Da Hauser / Distant Colours (4.39)
  7. Marguerite (5.07)
  8. Whirlpools / The Lighthouse Polka (3.28)
  9. The Cavan Road (Roud 24657?) (3.56)

All songs trad. except
Track 7 Scott Richarson;
All instrumentals composed by Nuala Kennedy except
Track 6b trad.


Nuala Kennedy sings Sally Sits Weeping:

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