This Years Artists

Enda Kenny

EndaKennyEnda Kenny is a man of contradictions.
“Simply the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia” (Sydney Morning
Herald), was born and raised in Dublin before settling in his adopted
hometown of Melbourne in 1987.
His belonging to his new land is evident in songs like Language of the Land, a
powerful cry for reconciliation with Australia’s Indigenous people, yet, like his
birth country, Enda can seamlessly shift from the deeply poignant to the craic
and entertain audiences with quirky, witty lyrics.
He has released seven acclaimed albums, most recently 2013’s self-released
Heart Tattoo, but Enda spent a decade juggling recording and performing with
a full-time career in public housing. He left his day job to return to music two
years ago.
Enda’s back catalogue of recorded work provides a perfect introduction to his
stories of life, love and justice, but it is on stage where he truly shines.
A regular performer at some of Australia’s best-known festivals including Port
Fairy Folk Festival, Woodfork Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival. He
is also a multi-award winner having twice taken home Port Fairy Folk
Festival’s prestigious songwriting award. Enda’s 2005 album Here and There
won the peer-reviewed Australian Folk Alliance’s Album of the Year award.
A true Irish storyteller, Enda’s well-crafted lyrics are backed by tunes that
enrich and complete his narratives. Live, he is regularly accompanied by
some of Australia’s leading instrumentalists. Enda has collaborated for over
20 years with acclaimed Wollongong-based fiddler Lindsay Martin and more
recently, multi-instrumentalist Dave O’Neill who was a long-term member of
Eric Bogle’s band. Together, Enda and Lindsay have toured the UK, Ireland,
Hong Kong and New Zealand, with Enda returning solo in recent years to
England, Ireland and Canada where he will again spend the 2015 Northern
summer.