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Bar Rooms & Ballads

by Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy the Irish Entertainer - and so much more - at his live Bar Room Best. Fine songs and humour indeed
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Mary Mac
3:24 $0.99
2. Yuppidee-doo-dah
1:17 $0.99
3. Belfast Mill
4:10 $0.99
4. The Three Minute Hamlet
3:19 $0.99
5. Scotland the Brave
3:17 $0.99
6. Kilkelly
4:50 $0.99
7. Mom's Lullaby
4:08 $0.99
8. The Garden Song / Lord of the Dance
6:19 $0.99
9. If Wishes Were Horses
4:46 $0.99
10. The Scottish Soldier
2:43 $0.99
11. Christmas in the Trenches
6:19 $0.99
12. How the Yodel Was Born
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Album Notes
Seamus Kennedy, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for the past 27 years. With a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels from Alaska to Florida, Maryland to California, performing for audiences which range from Popes and presidents to bartenders and bricklayers, from college students to kindergartners.

"In every dealing that I have had with Mr. Kennedy, he has been indeed fabulous. My highest recommendation is provided."
~ Kim Gardner, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA

In concert or festival, in pub or club, in colleges or high schools, Seamus Kennedy has the repertoire and the ability to make folks forget their cares for a while, to relax and enjoy themselves. He encourages the crowd to sing along to silly lyrics and daft ditties or act out the choruses of children's songs. When he plays a lively Irish jig or a reel, Seamus will often coax someone to jump up and dance to the music of his guitar or bodhrán - to the delight - and often amazement - of their friends. His audience participation songs and tongue-twisters have amused the ablest of participants and the nimblest of tongues.

"His rapport with the crowd provides entertainment above and beyond that of a normal singer."
~ Irish Insider, Rochester, NY

Seamus has an endless supply of rib-tickling jokes, stories and one liners which can leave an audience breathless from laughing so hard. Many a crowd has gone home from one of his shows giggling to one another, "Do you remember the one about...?" (Ask him to do the routine about Moms And Kids, the Nuns, or Murphy and the Snails.).

"When he sang "The Town I Love So Well", he owned everybody in the room."
~ Tony Hynes, Fir Dóiteán

But the Irish have their serious side too, and when Seamus performs one of the more somber ballads such as Tommy Sands' "There Were Roses" or Pete St. John's "Dublin In The Rare Old Times" you can hear a pin drop as the words sink in. That moment of silence before the applause can raise goosebumps. Seamus' greatest influences have been the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, the Dubliners' Luke Kelly, and the Irish Rovers, so it is no surprise to find many songs that they made famous, such as "The Wild Colonial Boy", "The Wild Rover," or "The Black Velvet Band" in his performance. So come and enjoy the music and mirth of one of Ireland's most popular exports - Seamus Kennedy!

Representation: Noteworthy Productions

Tour Schedule: Musi-Cal

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The tape we bought of this 15 years ago wore out. It was absolutely necessary to replace it. I love this CD.


Saw him in New Castle,PA and bought the tape there, but it got lost and I never thought I'd be able to replace it. I love all the songs and it makes me smile when I play it!

Frances and Ben

Super CD from a Super entertainer!
Great songs from a special entertainer! You should try a tour to Ireland with him - what an experience!!

Curt Fortenberry

Great memory of a wonderful evening!
Outstanding. We heard many of these when Seamus was in town, the CD is almost as good as being there. Hope to see him next year.

M Duncan

Excellent! Seamus never disappoints!
It's hard to find anyone with the style and talent Seamus has. Scotland the Brave is especially wonderful.

Molly O

Awesome CD
This one is one of my favorites! What a great mix of songs. You'll never get tired of these.


Glad I found it!
Family favorites on one CD. Excellent for laughs and "serious" listening.

Sandra B

This is a great CD...some wonderful songs. Particularly love Mom's Lullaby!


I was a kid when I first heard Seamus. Way out in Buffalo at an Irish festival. I bought a tape then ... subsequently lost it (I was like 10 for goodness sakes). Now, at 26, his lullaby song has stuck with me and for the past year I searched (randomly) for it. Finally, over New Years, I asked my mom and her friend and honest to goodness the friend was like .. "Seamus Kennedy". I don't know how she remembered but I went home right away and bought the cd. So excited and I can't wait to get it. Here I thought I was going nuts and just misremembering. I may have to buy more of his cds (a few friends already want to hear the music).


You don't have to be Irish... just alive!
I rarely bother with writing reviews, but this is truely one of my favorite albums. Seamus Kennedy draws you into a world of story telling, laughter, and memories shared. With songs ranging from outrageously comedic to heartfelt and sentimental (but never sacharine) the emotional content is deftly woven with traditional irish instrumentation.
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