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1 November 2013

Draw It In Chalk LP

It has been officially two years to the day that we recorded what we didn't know then would be our very last recording.  We stepped into Mogul Recording Studios after a pretty intense couple of months locked away rewriting, rethinking and reinventing the sound we then had become known for and affiliated with.  The hope was to capture something that had previously escaped us.  Without any frills and studio tricks we laid 9 songs bare, raw and live.  For many years this had always been a personal goal of mine, I was always drawn to and inspired by the raucous sounds of Crazy Horse and the more modern Felice Brothers - you could almost smell the dank sweat and honesty that went into these recordings.  Draw It In Chalk captured one night in a padded studio, four young men in a room with two boys next door working controls, and everyone in the moment.  Bar an overdrive pedal there were no other effects used on this recording.  It is just as bold a sound as was made on the night and I'm so pleased to finally share it with y'all.

There are so many people that we could thank over the years of travelling and shows, great bands we played with, friends we made and folk learning the words to our songs..These are the things we will never forget and the people we will always remember.  When we played live we played with real honesty.  Sure there were mistakes and we sure as hell weren't a polished sound, but that's how we liked our music and we can only hope for the span of time we had that y'all did too.  Personally I couldn't have shared the stage with a better bunch of friends, now family

Below is the link to Draw It In Chalk LP, free download.

We hope you have as much fun with it as we did recording it, and all of our previous work.

From my brothers & sister at Captain Kennedy I say goodnight, and please enjoy

17 February 2012

Paper Cut - New Single on Soundcloud

Paper Cut is the first single from the first of two EPs which were recorded as part of a 9-song, live studio performance and are due for release in the coming weeks.
Most songs from the EPs were recorded in one take.
Everything on the EPs are exactly as it sounded on the night.

FREE DOWNLOAD and streaming available from Soundcloud

Press Release

Paper Cut is the first single from a 9-song session which was recorded on 1st November 2011.
The new single was recorded completely live in studio.

Captain Kennedy's new release has them show us exactly how the unabashed band sound.

Four musicians locked in tight playing live a set of songs that show off the 4-pieces new grit and rawness.
Each song on the release is in the order which the band put them down them on the night, and it's possible to actually hear the room warm up throughout the record.
EP due for release in the coming month.

22 August 2011

Fiddle Dee-Dee

The whole of Captain Kennedy would like to wish our fiddle player of numerous years, Laura Kerr, all the best as she heads for Qatar!

I've lost count of how many shows we have played together but probably one of my favourites was the most recent gig as part of the Forfey Festival on the outskirts of Enniskillen.

Have a great time over there Laura and we will all see you soon enough!

PS. Check out Roll Ramona to hear some of the great sounding fiddle...

23 June 2011

Grip n' Grin

Here's some of the band photographs we had taken recently!

We're heading to the SeaSessions ( this Saturday in Donegal to play one of our biggest shows to date! Rehearsals have been going well so expect something special!

6 May 2011

Catching up is hard to do

I was going to give a huge run down of all the things we did for the release of the album, but I'm just not in the mood for reminiscing.

The next chapter's coming up, we've been working on demo's, and it is work! You ever tried picking what you think will be the best 4 or 5 songs out of 25 or 30 for a short album?
It's been a good laugh though. I recently got a beat-up recording device and threw together a makeshift studio that we've all been using to put down a few songs that we can work on as a band and bring to the studio with us for the next recording. There have been a couple of strange remixes that Mo has came up with too.
A few friends are in the middle of recording a video for some of the album tracks and we had a bit of a "photoshoot" the other night. I use that term loosely. I'll get my hands on the evidence and put them up.

So we've been busy in between doing all the album promotion stuff.

I just got word today that we will be playing at SeaSessions this year in Donegal. Never mind the dreaded Oxegen stealers, this is where a real festival actually happens.

So anyway, if you do want to reminisce, check out the picture of Ciaran & me when we played the Open House Festival a year or two ago.

For now,
Stephen McGurk

13 September 2010

Debut Album Release Date Confirmed!

Captain Kennedy officially release their eagerly anticipated debut album “See You When I See You” on Monday 11th October 2010. The album, produced, recorded and mixed by well renowned producer Mudd Wallace (Therapy?, Andy White, Pat McManus) and mastered by Jon Astley at Close to the Edge (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Ash), sees the band play on their strengths, namely the ability to deliver a catchy, melodic tune whilst maintaining their edgy, raw sound, an enduring feature of Captain Kennedy’s live shows. The album cover also features original artwork by designer/artist Dermy McConaghy

The band released two singles from the album earlier this year, “Stretch That Penny / Sweetest Friend”, and “No Friend of Mine”, with both receiving widespread airplay and press attention.

The official album launch is scheduled for 11th October at Auntie Annies, Belfast with support coming from a number of the country’s finest acts including La Faro front-man Jonny Black, Americana artist Junior Johnson and Special Guests. A number of other gigs have been lined up across the country including Derry, Dublin, Cavan and Lurgan. Full details are available at

28 July 2010

BBC Introducing Acoustic Tent

At the recent Glasgowbury Festival a few members of Captain Kennedy took time out to record a couple of acoustic tracks for BBC Radio One Introducing and BBC Radio Ulster's ATL. You can see the results HERE

Harp Ice Cold Big Gig

As the Glasgowbury hangover's are well and truly out of the system we'll be playing the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig in association with The Big List NI on Friday 3oth July in Belfast's Spring & Airbrake alongside Cara Cowan and Leeward Side. Hope you can make it down!

25 May 2010

Glasgowbury 2010

Captain Kennedy will play this year's Glasgowbury Festival on 24th July! For further details on how to buy tickets, camping and line-up, please click HERE

15 May 2010

No Friend of Mine

The new single "No Friend of Mine is now available over at our BandCamp website. ALL proceeds will go to the Brian Kerr Wish Fund. Please visit the BandCamp site for more details!!

<a href="">No Friend of Mine by Captain Kennedy</a>