Kern is a contemporary folk band from County Louth, Ireland, made up of Brendan McCreanor (uilleann pipes), SJ McArdle (voice and guitar) and Barry Kieran (fiddle). The band has released a debut album, False Deceiver, produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys). It is a mix of songs and tunes from the band’s home County of Louth along original material and has already garnered significant national airplay in Ireland (including RTE Lyric FM and Radio 1), including live appearances on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show and Raidio na Gaeltachta.

More recently Kern released a single, “Till the Docklands Drown”, produced by Donal O’Connor (Ulaid, At First Light). The song was featured in the IFTA-winning Element Pictures movie A Date for Mad Mary.

The band has toured extensively in the past year and has just won the 2018 TradFest Temple Bar Showcase and has performed at the largest Irish festival in America Milwaukee Irish Fest. 

As well as 2019 dates at Folk Aliance in Canada and in Germany, Kern have appeared at this year’s TradFest Temple Bar and are completing the band’s second album which will be supported by an extensive Irish tour.

Praise for False Deceiver

"Outstanding … an intriguing release. Those interested in trad music that crosses over into singer/songwriter territory will find this album particularly attractive, but its accessibility will have easy appeal to general audiences"

- Irish Echo 

"A solid grasp of traditional and contemporary forms. Rich sonorous blending of uilleann pipes and fiddles lift the instrumentals while SJ McArdle's gritty voice and dexterous songs add an interesting extra lustre"

- fRoots Magazine 

"The band's dashing blend of traditional folk and contemporary songwriting is brilliantly captured on its debut CD, False Deceiver ... Steeped in the tradition yet boasting a contemporary poetic sensibility, it will be a surprise if Kern doesn’t go on to bigger and better things"

- The Thin Air 

"False Deceiver remains lively and full of musical life to the very end. This album never wavers in its musical flair. It succeeds in combining all three members’ diverse traditions in a very contemporary way"

- Irish Music Magazine


Kern - False Deceiver Album Cover






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