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Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

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Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell are a contemporary English folk duo. Although they play some traditional songs, most of the songs they sing are their own compositions influenced by the folk tradition, but also songs by other artists such as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Cole Porter, Brian Wilson and The Beatles.

Jonny Kearney takes lead vocals, guitar, piano and ukulele; Lucy Farrell plays fiddle, viola and saw and adds their harmony vocals. Together they produce a sparse sound described by The Guardian as “delicate, thoughtful and intimate.”

Kearney is from Hexham in Northumberland and Farrell from Maidstone in Kent. They met whilst studying on Newcastle University's Folk and Traditional Music course in 2005, where Kearney was awarded the Alan Hull prize for songwriting. Having gigged at folk clubs and festivals, including Green Man, End of the Road and Cambridge Folk Festival, they came to the attention of fellow North East England folk musicians The Unthanks. Adrian McNally from The Unthanks produced their first six-song EP entitled The North Farm Sessions after the farm belonging to Rachel Unthank and Adrian McNally, where it was recorded. The EP, released in May 2010 on Rabble Rouser Records, comprised largely their own compositions with a rearrangement of one traditional song, and met with effusive reviews from The Guardian, Uncut, Q Magazine and MTV. Tracks from the EP were featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music with a Campfire Special session recorded for Rob da Bank’s Radio 1 show in October 2010.

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