I'll Learn to Fly
I'll Learn To Fly was chosen by THE BACKPORCH on WVPE 88.1 as one of the top ten folk releases of 1996. 'The best storytelling songs that I've heard since Harry Chapin', A fan, overheard in the lavatory at a show at Box Factory for The Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan. JoHn is a songwriter, award winning multi-instrumentalist, and singer, producer, promoter, and the leader Kennedy's Kitchen, a South Bend based group dedicated to playing Irish music. He helped to form and lead the traditional Irish band Seamaisin in 1990 and co-produced two recordings with that group (Joseph Harvey's Fiddle was Left in the Rain,and Seamaisin: Live at The Tin Shop). Seamaisin also produced music for the sound track of the short-film, Araby, an adaptation of James Joyce's short story of the same name. Araby was nominated for an Academy Award in the Student Narrative Film category. JoHn is the 2004 All-Ireland Fleadh Silver Medalist in Accompaniment, competing on guitar. He is also took first place in the 2004 Midwest Fleadh in Ballad Singing, in English. JoHn is the 2003 Midwest Fleadh Gold Medalist in Accompaniment. Kennedy's Kitchen's debut CD, which joHn produced and mixed, was chosen by WVPE FM 88.1 as one of the top 25 folk releases of 2003. Other recording credits include: St. Patrick's Day at Notre Dame,recorded live with David James, Dan Gellert, Kevin and Maggie Henry, Pat Max, and Rosie McCormick; The Notre Dame Experience,with Nolan, Auturmn, and Tim O'Neil on the opening cut of this Pianobrothers production; and Extra Stout, Live at The Inn at Long Trail a recording that joHn engineered and produced with Pat Max. joHn (with help from Joel Cooper) is working on his second solo CD, All My Life. (See sound samples below) 'His voice is absolutely phenomenal' Helen Norris, Senior Life, October 2001. 'John Kennedy puts his whole heart into it.' Andy Hughes, South Bend Tribune, March 16, 1996.