Mo Kenney in the UK

UK and Ireland fans, Mo Kenney is coming to see you!

After two weeks on tour in Australia in December and January, Mo Kenney is heading to the UK and Ireland for the month of February into March to play solo shows, and perform with the talented Rachel Sermanni. Check out these upcoming dates for info!

February 4 – Shrewsbury – Henry Tudor House ** Buy Tickets
February 5 – Leicester – The Musician ** Buy Tickets
February 6 – London – Union Chapel ** Buy Tickets
February 8 – Trefriw – Garmon View House ** Buy Tickets call 01492 641009
February 10 – Ballater – The Deerside Inn
February 11 – Aberdeen – The Cellar
February 12 – Glasgow – Old Hairdresser’s
February 13 – Edinburgh – Midlothian Sneaky Pete’s
February 16 – Exeter – Exeter Phoenix ** Buy Tickets
February 17 – Cambridge – The Junction ** Buy Tickets
February 18 – Norwich – The Bicycle Shop Norwich ** Buy Tickets
February 20 – London – The Islington
February 26 – Dublin – The Workmans Club ** Buy Tickets
February 28 – Leitrim – The Docks Arts Centre >> Buy Tickets
March 1 – Galway – The Townhouse Bar and Music (Upstairs) ** Buy Tickets
March 2 – Clonakilty – De Barra’s Folk Club ** Buy Tickets
March 4 – Cork – Coughlans Bar
March 5 – Belfast – The Black Box, Green Room

** with Rachel Sermanni
>> with Rachel Sermanni, & Rebecca Collins

[Live] Inverness Gigs UK

Mo Kenney has been added to my list of All Time Favourite Canadians. Hailing from Waverly Nova Scotia you have a sense that she could be at home anywhere, and she certainly seemed right at home at The Ironworks. If there were any reservations about taking to the stage she didn’t show it and I would suggest that anybody who whistles during their second song is feeling pretty damned comfortable. That shouldn’t have come as a surprise, Mo has been busy and it has been a busy that has included gigs of all shapes and sizes including supporting Ron Sexsmith: but she truly was totally at ease.

The set opens with ‘Eden’ a fingerpicking gem, she whistles her heart out during that second song and by her third number, a song about a lake near her home in Waverly, I have decided I’ll be buying her CD this very evening. Just as well, “If you don’t want to buy a CD I give out free hugs” she says: I was too shy to ask for a hug. It’s not that Mo Kenney defies the genre challenge, it’s just that I’m thinking what’s the point? Country blues, poppy folk – who cares, it’s all good. Sometimes I hear echoes of KD Lang (also on my list of All Time Favourite Canadians), particularly the way she bends those beautifully warm mellow notes. This is used to greatest effect on ‘I can’t talk’ during which she abandons words for a free-floating vocal melody.

As with the aforementioned KD Lang, Mo has an androgynous look, but whereas KD defaults to Elvis, Mo has shades of Bowie about her (David, not Jim), and I had made my mind up about that before she finished with an inspired rendition of ‘Five Years’ from his Ziggy days.

There were no ‘low lights’ in this set but one of the higher lights was ‘Deja-vu’ a song co-written with her mentor Joel Plaskett, a guy who reputedly knows talent when he sees it. Joined on stage for the penultimate song by Rachel Sermanni and her band, this was a mighty fine set indeed. Mo Kenney is warm, charming and very likeable. The audience reciprocates with a suitably warm and enthusiastic response and more than just me will be waiting patiently for her return to these parts.

by Roddy MacKenzie, Inverness Gigs

Mo, Del Barber and Rachel Sermanni in the UK

Rachel Sermanni is a beautiful folk singer from the Scottish Highlands; she’s making a break in the UK with a serious fan following and an artistry deserving of that success, and more. Del Barber is a folk singer-songwriter with a last time at the tipping point of fame in Canada. Mo, Del and Rachel are on tour in the UK together right now and you can follow their travels on Rachel’s Facebook page [click here].

Here are the dates:

May 19
Mo Kenney and Del Barber
Old Bridge Inn, 23 Dalfaber Rd.
Aviemore, Inverness-shire – UK

May 20
Mo Kenney, Del Barber, Rachel Sermanni
The Arch Inn, 10-11 West Shore St.
Ullapool, Ross shire – Scotland

May 21
Mo Kenney and Rachel Sermanni
The Lemon Tree, 5 W North St.
Aberdeen, Aberdeen City – Scotland

Mo on UK XFM

Big thanks to Sam Davies, Mary Anne Hobbs, and Marsha Shandur at XFM for introducing Mo Kenney on their Global Posting program in the UK. Listen to the clip here.