"Enda holds the crowd in the palm of his hand. A brilliant night's entertainment." - Eleanor McEvoy
is making his Irish stage debut in Ballymaloe Grainstore
on Sunday 20 September, and to introduce audiences to their fellow countryman, the venue is offering tickets on a 'pay as you leave for value received' basis. In other words, punters decide what to pay for Enda's concert when it is over.
is both known and unknown. The Dublin-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter has 100% name recognition thanks to sharing a moniker with a certain Fianna Gael politician. But as a musician Enda is virtually unknown in his native country, despite being widely-acclaimed in Australia where he has lived since 1987.
'We hope audiences will take a chance by coming out to see Enda Kenny, so it's only fair that we take a chance, too', says Ballymaloe Grainstore owner, Rory Allen, in explaining this novel ticket pricing.
'Eleanor McEvoy has worked with Enda in Australia, and sings his praises as a musician and performer', says Rory who is an accomplished musician himself. 'His music and humour are terrific, so we think audiences are in for a treat on September 20th'.
Enda's belonging to his new land is evident in songs like Language of the Land
, a powerful cry for reconciliation with Australia’s Indigenous people, yet, like his birth country, Enda can seamlessly shift from the deeply poignant to the craic and entertain audiences with quirky, witty lyrics.
He has released seven acclaimed albums, most recently 2013’s Heart Tattoo
, but Enda spent a decade juggling recording and performing with a full-time career in public housing. He left his day job to return to music two years ago.
Enda’s back catalogue of recorded work provides a perfect introduction to his stories of life, love and justice, but it is on stage where he truly shines.
A regular performer at some of Australia’s best-known festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodfork Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival. He is also a multi-award winner having twice taken home Port Fairy Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting award. Enda’s 2005 album Here and There won the peer-reviewed Australian Folk Alliance’s Album of the Year award.
A true Irish storyteller, Enda’s well-crafted lyrics are backed by tunes that enrich and complete his narratives. Live, he is regularly accompanied by some of Australia’s leading instrumentalists. Enda has collaborated for over 20 years with acclaimed Wollongong-based fiddler Lindsay Martin and more recently, multi-instrumentalist Dave O’Neill who was a long-term member of Eric Bogle’s band. Together, Enda and Lindsay have toured the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and New Zealand, with Enda returning solo in recent years to England, Ireland and Canada where he will again spend the 2015 Northern summer.
Must hear tracks by Enda Kenny:
(from the album Heart Tattoo)