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Brian Kennedy

Red Sails in the Sunset (On Song 2) Curb Records - CURCD 160

Belfast born, Brian is a popular singer and prolific songwriter who portrays himself as one of Ireland's most successful ambassadors of music. This CD contains 17 tracks, many of the songs having featured in his second BBC Northern Ireland TV series `On Song'.
It is described as a `typically eclectic and marvellously entertaining collection'. What that means in a practice is middle of the road `folk music' which has the greatest appeal to the masses. We have `Red Sails in the Sunset', `When You Were Sweet Sixteen' and a truly awful `Galway Bay'. His light, high tenor voice takes him into Aled Jones territory - `The Minstrel Boy'.
The most successful tracks for me are the duets. He joins Ralph McTell for `Clare to Here' and Juliet Turner for a splendid `The Island'. Unfortunately even Liam Clancy cannot save Irish Rover' - complete with off beat snare drum.


Ivan North.

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