Kern wins TradFest Temple Bar Showcase

Thrilled to say that we are off to Milwaukee Irish Fest this year after winning the TradFest Temple Bar Live at the Hub showcase.

All the acts showcasing were fantastic, so we were delighted and honoured to be selected.

Kern’s performance, along with the other bands in the showcase, was recorded by RTÉ Radio 1 and was broadcast on Niall Toner’s Roots Freeway on February 3rd. It is available to stream from the RTÉ web site here.

Kern etc at The Hub

L-R in photo: Aidan Butler (RTÉ), SJ (guitar/vocals), Niall Toner (RTÉ), Brendan McCreanor (uilleann pipes), Barry Kieran (fiddle), Kieran Hanrahan (TradFest Artistic Director), Barry Stapleton (Milwaukee Irish Fest)

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SJ on Irish Songwriters Podcast

Lovely chatting to Ray at the Irish Songwriters Podcast last week. It’s a really original format and beautifully woven together story which will feature 49 Irish songwriters during its overall run. It’s a must-subscribe for anyone interested in Irish music.

You can listen here for a special Mini episode on me …

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Kern at the Cobblestone

New Kern dates for November have been added to the live page, beginning with a return visit to Dublin’s legendary Cobblestone venue on Thursday November 2nd. Please note that this date replaces the previously advertised October one. More info here:

November also sees a return to Drogheda Trad Weekend, with a very special concert at the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre. The weekend looks really special this year – check out the listings at
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Kern on Tour


Kern are on tour in Ireland this Autumn. Details are on the live page and will be updated as more dates come in.

Come join us! We’d love to see you somewhere along the road.

SJ x

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New Kern Single out now

Ladies and gentlemen, we are very proud to present the brand new Kern single, “Till The Docklands Drown”.

Produced by Donal O’Connor and with a lovely video by Brian Connolly at Bang Bang Visual, this is Kern’s first new music since the album last year. The song is also performed by Tara Lee in Darren and Colin Thornton’s IFTA-Winning Element Pictures movie A Date For Mad Mary.

Available on all the usual download platforms including iTunes. Please share if you like it!

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Festival time

If you check out the Live page you’ll see that June is a busy month for Kern. 

On Friday 9th we’ll be joining the frankly astinishing lineup at Borris Festival of Writing and Idea (Florence Welch, Mary Robinson, David Simon). Details here

Then on the 10th we’ll playing on a tall ship as part of the Stowaway Sessions at Drogheda Maritime Festival. We’ll be sharing the deck that evening with the inestimable Steve Wickham. 

More shows on the live page. Please keep an eye it as we update it regulary. 

News of a new single coming soon!

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Cruinniú na Cásca


SJ will be joining Barry Kieran from Kern to perform an acoustic set at Co. Louth’s Cruinniú na Cásca, an event to celebrate the county’s rich cultural heritage. The event runs from 1pm to 5pm on Easter Monday, April 17th. Also on the bill are Dundalk fiddle legend Gerry O’Connor and explosive singer-songwriter David Keenan.

As always, keep an eye on the Live page for gig details.

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Fairies, Pirates and Other Tales


Kern will perform alongside Drogheda Orchestral Collective and the school choirs of St. Peter’s NS and Drogheda and Dundalk Grammar Schools at a very special concert of music for children in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda on Friday March 24th.

The event, titled “Fairies, Pirates and Other Tales”, is a fundraiser for St. Peter’s National School PTA.

Tickets are priced at €10 per adult, €5 per child or €25 for a family. Tickets are available on the door on the night or can be booked by calling 086 160 3366.

Doors open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:30 sharp. Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be served at the interval.

More dates on the live page!

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New Kern shows

Happy New Year everyone! The Live page is being updated with new Kern shows for 2017. There are 4 up already, starting with Kern’s return to The Spirit Store, Dundalk next Thursday,  January 19th. Details on


More shows will be added in the coming weeks.

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Nollaig na Bóinne with Donal Lunny

Kern‘s final performance of the year will be as part of Our Lady’s College Greenhills massive Christmas concert in the Church of  St. Augustine in Drogheda.

Kern will perform with the College’s orchestra and choir and with Dónal Lunny. More information is available here.

A beautiful, seasonal end to a great year.


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