New album from Captain K

LURGAN'S favourite sons Captain Kennedy are preparing to release their debut album this summer.

Thursday, 25th February 2010, 11:05 am
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2010, 1:19 pm

And in order to whet their fans' appetites their putting out a double A-side single on April 5.

It features new song 'Stretch That Penny' and a reworking of staple crowdpleaser 'Sweetest Friend'.

The single will get it's first ever play on Stuart Bailie's Late Show on Radio Ulster show on Monday night (March 1).

Stretch That Penny, powered by fiddle and gin-soaked piano, has already been featured as part of the BBC's Raw Money campaign, providing sound advice for hard times.

Sweetest Friend, often regarded as the band's signature tune and a firm favourite with Captain Kennedy fans, has been given a new lease of life with this release. Often described as a heartfelt and poignant ballad, Ciaran Lavery's gravel infused vocals ensure the song keeps its rawness and spontaneity.

The single will be available for download from iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.

2009 saw the band establish their position on the Irish music scene with a number of high profile festival appearances, the highlight being two dates at the prestigious Open House Festival.

Other impressive gigs including sharing the stage with the likes of Alela Diane, Noah and the Whale and Foy Vance and appearances on the same festival bills as renowned artists such as Steve Earle, Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling, have cemented Captain Kennedy's reputation as a formidable live act.

2010 sees the band release their debut album 'See You When I See You'. The album, produced, recorded and mixed by well renowned producer Mudd Wallace (Therapy?, Andy White, Cat Malojian, Pat McManus) sees the band play on their strengths, namely the ability to deliver a catchy, melodic tune whilst maintaining their edgy, raw sound, an enduring feature of Captain Kennedy's live shows.

The album will also feature a specially commissioned piece of artwork by local artist Dermy McConaghy whose work can be seen at manchini.co.uk