Facial fur and a new single

As some of you will have noticed, the lads in Kern have been growing moustaches to raise money for men’s cancer research and awareness charity Movember. They’ve come along quite well, but time is almost up to donate. Here’s the link!


In other news, we are delighted to announce Kern’s new single, a brand new “Winter Mix” of “Short Term Thing” on December 2nd. The original mix of the song is available on Kern’s False Deceiver album, available here.

The single will be launched at Boyle’s Of Slane on Thursday November 8th. Admission is free. The Facebook event page for the gig is here.


Posted in News - general

Live shows, reviews and movies

Kern are at Newry & Mourne Museum, Bagenal’s Castle, at 7:30pm this coming Friday (September 16th) for a special free Culture Night gig. Please come early, as seats are limited. Details here.

The live show has been getting some nice notices lately. Here’s a lovely review of our Belfast show with Altan a couple of weeks ago in The Thin Air where Ian Patterson talks about our “dashing blend of traditional folk and contemporary songwriting”.

And in an interview with RTE.ie, Darren Thornton, director of new Irish film sensation A Date For Mad Mary called our last Dundalk show “electric” and “visceral” and “One of the best gigs I’ve been to in a long time”. Read the full piece here.

Speaking of “A Date For Mad Mary”, if you see the film you can hear one of SJ’s songs performed by Tara Lee in the character of Jess. It’s a beautiful movie and highly recommended. It’s hilarious and sad and genuinely romantic. Go see it!

Posted in News - general

New shows

Féile An Drochead 2016

There are some new Kern dates up on the Live page, including shows in Belfast (opening for Altan on August 27th), Newry and Dundalk. Check it out!

Meanwhile, here are some shots from our triumphant Spirit Store debut. We’re back on October 20th!

Posted in News - general

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.

Posted in News - general

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!

Posted in News - general

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.


Posted in News - general

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!

Posted in News - general

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.

Posted in News - general

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!


Posted in News - general

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.

Posted in News - general