“In My Dreams is a confident, thoughtful, and wholly satisfying collection of tracks which contemplate each other, and ultimately lends itself to an enchanting listening experience. Lead single ‘Telephones’ has some lovely harmonies, whilst you’d be forgiven for thinking that ‘Untouchable’ was sung by some big band diva such is the power and rawness that comes out. It’s not all about the vocals though, Mo is a very talented guitarist and this is evident throughout this record.”
As Mo returns to tour the UK for the second time, we catch up with her to talk about her new album, honest songwriting and her plans for the future
At the age of just 25, Mo Kenney is a quiet force to be reckoned with. Having written songs since she was a teenager, the Nova Scotia native has won hearts the world over in recent years. With her gentle voice, knack for writing earworms and easy-going, amicable stage presence, Mo is a self-contained star who nonetheless emits endearing humility and likeability.
She’s garnered a lot of recognition in her home country since her critically-acclaimed, eponymous debut album was released in September 2012. She won the Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, and was also included on the iTunes ‘Best Singer Songwriters of 2012’ list. She’s been nominated for hordes of other awards, too, including for CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Award for Rookie of the Year and an ECMA for Rising Star Recording of the Year. Most recently, her new album, In My Dreams, has scooped up four nominations for the Music Nova Scotia Awards, including for Recording of the Year.
With all this promise, the new album was always going to be brilliant. In My Dreams was released in the UK on September 4, and to accompany it, Mo has been doing a string of performances at venues across the UK and beyond. We caught up to find out how she’s doing.
You first toured the UK as a support act for your friend Rachel Sermanni, around 18 months ago. What have you been up to since then, and how has your music developed?