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Gigslutz: Mo Kenney’s New Track – ‘Unglued’

By Melody Johns, Gigslutz

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Canadian songwriter Mo Kenney returns to our headphones with her upcoming new single, ‘Unglued’. This is the first single to be taken from her much anticipated new album The Details, which is due for release later this year. A catchy little track, ‘Unglued’ is one of those songs that you can’t help but bop your head along to.

With her dreamy vocals and daring lyrics – “everybody said that you’d leave me for dead” – Kenney could easily be likened to the early sounds of another courageously talented Canadian artist known as Tegan and Sara.

‘Unglued’ is a wonderfully composed track, with the offbeat drum riff and rising bass scales giving the track a solid foundation for Mo’s vocals to stand upon. The guitar solo towards the end of the track gives us a nice bluesy twist to the vocal melodies we hear throughout, making us certain that Kenney is a definite one to watch this year!

‘Unglued’ is out 26 May. Catch Mo Kenney at one of a string of live UK dates:

8-20th May – GREAT ESCAPE Festival, Brighton
Sunday 21st May – Shepley Festival
Tuesday 23rd May – The Castle, Manchester
Wednesday 24th May – The Islington, London
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th May – Ireby Festival
Wednesday 31st May – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Thursday 1st June – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Friday 2nd June – Louisiana, Bristol
Saturday 3rd June – Acoustic Festival of Great Britain

Building our own Nashville: Mo Kenney New Single, May/June UK Tour Dates

By Building our own Nashville

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Her insightful and occasionally lacerating lyrics, her tunefulness and her finger-picking guitar perhaps place her in a bracket with the very British. Laura Marling – Fatea

Known for her smooth vocals and fearless lyrics, Canadian songwriter Mo Kenney is excited to announce the release of her new single UNGLUED (May 26th); the first track to be taken from her eagerly awaited new album THE DETAILS, due for release later this year. Mo is excited to return to the UK this May for a string of live dates, including the GREAT ESCAPE and London headline show at THE ISLINGTON May 24th 2017.

“It’s been a while, but I’ve got a new record coming out. Took my time writing it and I’m excited to share it with the UK!” Mo Kenney.

Mo’s Juno nominated second album In My Dreams (produced by Joel Plaskett) helped present an artist who has grown in every facet of her craft. Already recognised for her mix of folk and pop genres at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and East Coast Music Awards, Kenney is excited to share her new mix of Pop, Rock and Folk with UK audiences.

“Folk, pop, scuzzy rock – she is clearly poised and ready to pounce.” Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times

MO KENNEY 2017 UK TOUR
For ticket links click here.

18-20th May
GREAT ESCAPE Festival, Brighton

http://www.greatescapefestival.com

Sunday 21st May
Shepley Festival

http://www.shepleyspringfestival.co.uk

Tuesday 23rd May
The Castle, Manchester

http://www.thecastlehotel.info

Wednesday 24th May
The Islington, London

http://www.theislington.com

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th May
Ireby Festival

http://www.irebyfestival.co.uk

Wednesday 31st May
The Mash House, Edinburgh

http://www.themashhouse.co.uk

Thursday 1st June
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

http://www.kingtuts.co.uk

Friday 2nd June
Louisiana, Bristol

http://www.thelouisiana.net

Saturday 3rd June
Acoustic Festival of Great Britain

http://www.acousticfestival.co.uk

The Guardian: Mo Kenney had ‘em rockin’ at The Mack in Charlottetown

Kenney’s 2014 album “In My Dreams” has garnered a ton of award recognition

Mo Kenney, right, performs with some members of her backing band at The Mack on Saturday, April 1.

Mo Kenney, right, performs with some members of her backing band at The Mack on Saturday, April 1.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Last weekend the stage at The Mack theatre was graced by Juno Award nominee and multiple ECMA winner, Mo Kenney.

An almost full house gathered to take in the first performance on P.E.I. by the Halifax singer/songwriter since August of 2014, when she opened for Joel Plaskett during the P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival.

Since then, quite a lot has developed for the young and rising star, who’s been playing since the age of 11 and whom Plaskett took under his wing seven years ago to help along as her career was just budding.

As Kenney’s 2014 album “In My Dreams” has garnered a ton of award recognition – including ECMA pop recording of the year, the CBC Shortlist Award nomination for best song/earworm of the year and a Juno nomination for adult alternative album of the year – she has continued to reach more and more ears with her brand of adult alternative folk/pop gems, not just here in the Maritimes but across Canada and beyond.

And last Saturday, an audience full of Kenney fans was given the live experience of the songs from her first two records, along with sneak peeks of new material that will be on her new recording due out later this year.

“Hello! Thanks for coming,” Kenney greeted the crowd when the show began at 7:30 p.m., and wasted no time waltzing right into her first big hit, “Sucker”.

“Hey, I’m a sucker for your face,” she sang, her bright voice filling the theatre with the song’s melodic hooks, while her acoustic guitar rang out in its plucked strings, over the tight rhythmic groove laid down by her backing band.

Continuing with songs like “Dancing”, “Mountains to the Mess” and another one of her big recent hits, “I Faked It” (which won first place in the 2015 U.S.A. Songwriting Competition’s folk category), Kenney soon laid down her acoustic and replaced it with a mint-green ’65 Fender Mustang in her hands, getting things a little more rocking.

For example, her next tune in the set, “Take Me Outside”, I realized seemed almost reminiscent of Halifax Pop Explosion era four-chord alternative pop, circa 1995, which was certainly enhanced by the live intensity brought by Kenney and her three-piece backing band of drums, bass and electric guitar. And the hit song “Telephones” (which won an ECMA Award for video of the year) may have been written by the Cape Breton band Mardeen, but it was delivered with punchy gusto on that stage by Kenney.

After the big first set finale of “Déjà Vu”, her second set began with an intimate solo acoustic performance of “In My Dreams” and “The Happy Song”, as the band then joined in for that aforementioned sneak peek of new tunes from her upcoming album release. [READ MORE]

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