Welcome to the website of Captain Kennedy, a 6-piece rock band from Ireland. Check out our upcoming gigs or feel free to click on the links to our other sites.

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>

6 April 2010

Hot Press Review

Vol 34 Issue 06

"On April 5, seven-piece whiskey soaked troubadours Captain Kennedy release their new double A-Side single ‘Scratch That Penny’/’Sweetest Friend’ via all major download sites as a pre-cursor to their hugely anticipated debut record which comes out in the summer. Last month Hot Press became the first ones to hear the single besides the band (yes, get us) and both tracks really are songs to fall in love to and ‘Sweetest Friend’ in particular has greatness stamped all over it, so make sure you (virtually) pick it up. For more information on the Lurgan lads and lass, check out"

3 April 2010

New Single out TODAY!

Just a reminder that our new double A-Side single will be available to purchase from iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers from today!!! (Monday 5th April) Keep an ear out on Radio Ulster on tonight for an acoustic session with ATL to coincide with the release. 94.5 on your FM dial or online at

The single can be downloaded from iTunes. Just click the link and enjoy!!

21 March 2010

Giggity Giggity

We have announced a whole plethora of live shows for your pleasure including venues in Dublin, Belfast, Lurgan, Ards and a few others. Full details can be found on our Breaking Tunes site. Click HERE for more details...

9 March 2010

Some kind words....

.....from those lovely folk over at themusicbox blog........."if you prefer your folkies with a little less glitter and a little more beard then have no fear – Armagh men Captain Kennedy play the kind of deliciously warm, woodsmoked blues that mark them out as the Irish equivalent of Mumford & Sons – and true, be-whiskered frontman Ciaran Lavery’s bluesy howl and heartbroken sincerity means he bears more than a passing resemblance to Marcus Mumford, although Captain Kennedy serve their grimy Americana with a twist of gin – their sound is far more enthralled to Old Crow Medicine Show’s dirty ‘hey y’alls!’ than Marcus’s scrubbed-up take on folk. A band of true authentics......"


Captain Kennedy are now on ReverbNation. Head on over and say hello and listen to the tunes. Click HERE for more details.

2 March 2010

Breaking Tunes

We are now on Breaking Tunes! Head on over HERE and get a listen to the new single.

1 March 2010

New Single on Myspace!

Following the exclusive play of our new single on Stuart Bailie's show on BBC Radio Ulster, we have now added the double A-Side of Stretch That Penny / Sweetest Friend to our myspace. The single will be available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon etc. from 5th April.

Just go here:

24 February 2010

New Single First Airplay Exclusive

Captain Kennedy will step into the BBC Radio Ulster studio on Monday evening as guests on the Stuart Bailie show, where the first exclusive play of their Double A-Side Single 'Stretch That Penny/Sweetest Friend' from the forthcoming album 'See You When I See You' will be aired. The boys will be stopping by for a chat so be sure to listen in on the Stuart Bailie show BBC Ulster 94.5fm from 10pm-12 midnight, 1st March 2010.

20 February 2010

Ahead of their debut album hitting the shops in early summer 2010, Captain Kennedy will be releasing a download only, double A-side of Stretch That Penny / Sweetest Friend. The single will be available for download from iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers from 5th April 2010.

Stretch That Penny, powered by fiddle and gin-soaked piano, has already been featured as part of the BBC’s Raw Money campaign, providing sound advice for hard times.

Sweetest Friend, often regarded as the band’s signature tune and a firm favourite with Captain Kennedy fans, has been given a new lease of life with this release. Often described as a heartfelt and poignant ballad, Ciaran Lavery’s gravel infused vocals ensure the song keeps its rawness and spontaneity.

Keep an eye out on the site for upcoming gigs....

4 January 2010

Album Update

Hey everyone. The debut album, as yet untitled, is nearly all finished up. Just a few bits of mixing and then it'll be getting mastered. Keep an eye out on the page for details of gigs and other bits and pieces we'll be doing to promote the album. So, just to keep you interested, here's the final tracklist:

1. Bring it all Home
2. Stretch That Penny
3. Sweetest Friend
4. Factory Whistle Call
5. Hard Time Wakin
6.No Friend of Mine
7. Roll Ramona
8. Burn it Down
9. Suppertime
10. After the Crowd Have Gone

Keep checking the site for more updates!!