By Roger Crow, The Scottish Metro
It’s three years since Mo Kenney burst onto an unsuspecting world with her eponymous debut album. And as every seasoned music fan knows, that inaugural release usually contains decades of emotion, creative energy and the sort of creative spark worthy of a November 5 celebration.
Debut albums, in theory, are easy. Capturing that lightning in a bottle again? Well that’s something else. But you don’t want to read about ‘difficult second album syndrome’. That’s an issue more exhausted than a marathon runner at the finishing line.
Instead, you may be wondering: ‘Who is this Mo Kenney person, and why should I hand over my hard earned cash at her pending gigs in Kinross, Glasgow and Edinburgh?’
Hailing from Nova Scotia, the Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer won acclaim and awards plenty for her mix of folk and pop.
Spreading her sound to the masses, she traversed Canada with Ron Sexsmith and mentor Joel Plaskett, gracing key festivals in Iceland, England, Australia and across her home country.
Good friends with our own songstress Rachel Sermanni, they toured the UK for six weeks last year, so her latest gigs in this neck of the woods shouldn’t be too much of a culture shock.
UK fans have had to wait almost a year longer than overseas listeners for the follow up project, but new album In My Dreams should contain elements of the same DNA as her breakthrough work; the fingerprints of Canadian rocker Plaskett are all over this like some sort of benign musical crime scene, but it’s also possible to trace hints of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
At 25, she already has 14 years of guitar experience under her belt, so if you want to hear one of the freshest sounds in town, pick a venue and enjoy.