Award-winning musician Mo Kenney will bring her award-winning sounds to a Truro stage later this month. Kenney, a singer-songwriter who released her self-titled debut recording in the fall of 2012, will perform at the Marigold Cultural Centre with Dylan Guthro on May 30.
“I’ll be playing some of my new songs – I have a new record coming out in the fall, and Dylan and I collaborate quite a bit, so I’m sure we’ll play a few songs together,” said Kenney, from the Halifax area.
Since releasing her debut album, Kenney said things have been “going great” for her and her music. “I’ve been travelling since then, doing a lot of touring. The farthest I’ve been is to Australia, which was pretty great. Ireland was really nice too.”
Kenney has been playing the guitar for 13 years. By the age of 14 she had already done some recording in a small studio in Bedford. Halifax rocker Joel Plaskett produced the album, which was recorded in his studio, Scotland Yard.
“Working with Joel was amazing,” said Kenney. “I had been a fan of Joel’s music and working with him was incredible. He’s so knowledgeable. He’s an incredible musician and producer and we have similar musical tastes.”
When she first started playing the guitar, Kenney said her musical mentors or inspirations were the likes of Seeger Ross, The Shins and The Strokes. “All of them had an influence on my music, I think,” she said, adding Elliott Smith was a huge influence with his fingerpicking and acoustic music. “He’s why I started fingerpicking.”
With the 2013 SOCAN songwriting prize under her belt, Kenney picked up the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards’ New/Emerging Artist of the Year honour, and three Music Nova Scotia awards for pop recording, new artist recording and female artist recording of the year. She also won the East Coast Music Award this year for pop recording of the year, with another three nominations.
With the Nova Scotia Music Awards being held in Truro this fall, one will most likely be able to catch Kenney in the area.
“I haven’t missed a Nova Scotia Music Week since my debut,” she said.
Tickets for the Marigold performance are $25.50 and can be purchased at the Marigold on Prince Street or online at marigoldcentre.ca. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
by R. Tetanish, Truro Daily News