|Birth name||Martin Kennedy|
|Born||17 June 1962|
|Origin||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Labels||Lonely Street Discs, Proper Records|
|Associated acts||Energy Orchard|
|Website||Bap Kennedy official website|
Martin "Bap" Kennedy (born 17 June 1962) is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland and older brother of singer Brian Kennedy. He is noted for writing the song "Moonlight Kiss" which was on the soundtrack for the film Serendipity (starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale).
Kennedy was in a successful band, Energy Orchard for many years and has written and performed songs with artists such as Steve Earle and Van Morrison. He has also recorded a number of well-received solo albums including Domestic Blues, Lonely Street and The Big Picture. Following the release of The Big Picture, he toured the USA with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and also performed for five nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Kennedy's first band was the punk band Sellout formed in 1978 when he was sixteen years old. The band was formed to support rock group Uncle Waldo, playing in a local Belfast club.
After receiving a phone call from Steve Earle, Kennedy joined him in Nashville, Tennessee and recorded his first solo album which was produced by Earle. The album entitled Domestic Blues featured vocal contributions from Nanci Griffith and was a critical and commercial success charting at number eight on the Billboard 200. Remarkably, four of the songs on the album would feature in award-winning movies.
His album, Lonely Street, released in 2000, featured Herbie Flowers on bass and one of the tracks, "Moonlight Kiss" appeared in the movie, Serendipity. In the meantime, Kennedy also developed and produced records for London record label, Dressed to Kill which included Gravelands, a tribute album to Elvis Presley featuring Jimmy (The King) Brown. The record became a firm favourite of John Peel and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Kennedy's 2005 album, The Big Picture was highly acclaimed, with a four out of five star rating by Mojo. One of the songs on the album was the song "Milky Way" that was co-written by fellow Belfast born friend and mentor, Van Morrison. Another song, "On the Mighty Ocean Alcohol" featured Shane Macgowan who also appeared (in secret) with Bap Kennedy at several gigs in London, England at the Boogaloo bar.
Kennedy released a new album entitled Howl On on 3 August 2009 on his label, Lonely Street, that is available in both CD and download format. One of the songs on the album is a cover of "Hey Joe" previously covered by Jimi Hendrix. Kennedy and his band appeared at the Black Box in Belfast on 4 July 2009 performing "Hey Joe", along with others from the new album.
Kennedy recorded a new album in early 2011, entitled The Sailor's Revenge, produced by former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler at Knopfler's British Grove Studios in London. The album was released on 30 January 2012.
Recorded with Energy Orchard
- Energy Orchard (1990) – UK No. 53
- Stop the Machine (1992)
- Shinola (1993)
- Pain Killer (1995)
- Orchardville (1996)
- Domestic Blues (1998)
- Hillbilly Shakespeare (1999)
- Lonely Street (2000)
- Rare Live & Bladdered (2000)
- Long Time a Comin': The Story So Far (2002)
- Moriarty's Blues (Standard Edition EP and Special Edition EP) (2005)
- The Big Picture (2005)
- Howl On (July 2009)
- Moriarty's Blues (Combined Double EP) (2010)
- The Sailor's Revenge (2012)
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