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.
They have toured heavily this year with gigs in Canada
and Germany as well as all over Ireland. They have a
major national tour planned to promote their second
album with the launch been held in the Spirit Store
on September 14th 2019.
Praise for False Deceiver:
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
- 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
- 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