False Deceiver review roundup

Some lovely reviews in for False Deceiver. Links:

The Irish Echo

Irish Music Magazine

Best of Music and Film



Also, if you’re not on Facebook or Twitter, you may have missed our recent adventures at Drogheda Arts Festival, Willie Clancy Summer School, Vantastival, The Pat Kenny Show, RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta and Highland Radio in Donegal. Here’s a collage.

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Drogheda Arts Festival 2016

Two events SJ is involved in at this year’s Drogheda Arts Festival:

Kern will be closing the festival with a performance at 6pm in the Great Hall of Beaulieu House on bank holiday Monday May 2nd.

Tickets are available here – http://droghedaartsfestival.ie/events/traditional-arts/kern/


And for the third year in a row, SJ will also be curating SOLO, a series of intimate, unamplified performances in the chapel of Beaulieu House on the afternoon of the same day. This year’s acts are songwriting legend Mark Geary, Rotterdam’s mesmerising Kalulu and Drogheda’s own Claire Regan. Details here –http://droghedaartsfestival.ie/events/music/solo-at-beaulieu-sounds-beautiful/

Looks like a great day of music!

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Kern at the BBC

Spent a great afternoon with Kern at BBC Radio Ulster yesterday recording a session for Marty Cullen’s New Voices series. TX date is next Tuesday.


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False Deceiver out now

The new Kern album, False Deceiver, is available now from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon digital – head on over to the shop page for links. CD copies will be available online soon.

The response has been terrific so far – a glowing review in the US’s biggest Irish newspaper, the Irish Echo and plenty of radio play from RTE Radio na Gaeltachta, Radio 1, BBC Northern Ireland and a host of tasty, clued in local and regional stations.

Thanks everyone!

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Album release

FEBRUARY 26th will see the full release of SJ’s new album with Kern, False Deceiver.

There will be a special launch gig at 8pm that night in Dublin‘s Unitarian Church.

Tickets are free, but must be booked. Full details here.

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New Music

Excited to confirm that the Kern album False Deceiver is now due for release in February 2016. You can get a sneak preview of four tracks from the album by visiting the band’s Soundcloud page here.

KERN False Deceiver CoverHave a lovely Christmas everyone!


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Album Launch

This Saturday (November 28th) we are doing a special local album launch of Kern’s forthcoming False Deceiver album.

The record won’t officially be out until the new year, but this launch will tie in with Drogheda Trad Weekend. Joining us on the night will be the album’s producer Trevor Hutchinson on bass and MC Dermot Somers.

It’s a free event, but tickets are flying out, so book now to avoid disappointment! Tickets.

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Final studio day with Kern


This week saw our final studio day. The Kern album is finally completed. We’re still a bit close to it to be objective, but we’re happy. It’s certainly a big departure for me. Hopefully you’ll love it.

Release news to follow.

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McIlroy guitars

Spent a lovely afternoon with Dermot at McIlroy Guitars today. I felt like Charlie Bucket in the chocolate factory! What a treat.


I feel privileged to own one of Dermot’s extraordinary, handmade Irish guitars. And you can hear it on the forthcoming Kern album! More info here: mcilroyguitars.co.uk

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Maritime Festival Friday show cancellation

We are sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond the band’s control this Friday night’s Little Duke Theatre Maritime Festival show – including Kern’s appearance – has been cancelled.

The band’s main stage outdoor performance on Saturday 20th will go ahead as planned at 18:35.

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