“Fiona Kennedy & Friends”: Fiona Kennedy takes show on tour


Fiona Kennedy has announced she is heading back on the road, with a string of live tour dates announced this autumn.

> 22 September 2022 – National Piping Centre, Glasgow
> 23 September 2022 – Theatre Royal, Dumfries
> 14 October 2022 – Town Hall, Elgin
> 15 October 2022 – Inverness Cathedral, Inverness
> 3 Nov 2022 – Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen

Fiona Kennedy and Friends 


The versatile singer-songwriter — raised in the Gaelic tradition by her parents Calum Kennedy and Anne Gillies — is equally at ease performing heartbreaking highland ballads, swinging jazz, emotive country ballads, or get-up-and-dance pop.

In her new show, ‘Fiona Kennedy and Friends’, no genre is off limits in a joyful production of music new and old, celebrating a return to live performances once again. Working with long-term musical collaborator Nils Elders on guitar and fabulous pianist Neil Birse, Fiona’s concert dates will bring in some of her musician friends — giving each performance its own character.
Since lockdown in 2020, Fiona Kennedy and a host of musical friends have performed a weekly hour-long Kitchen Concert — with over a million people tuning in on Mondays over the past two years.
With Covid restrictions, many performances were live-streamed from her freezing shed, and then on from her kitchen in Aberdeenshire. She ventured further afield at times into the homes of her musical friends and family: everywhere from France, Portugal, Glasgow, Inverbervie to Benbecula in the Western Isles and anywhere in between with a WiFi connection!
Fiona’s 100th Kitchen Concert was streamed live at 6pm BST on Monday 16th May on her Facebook page where she was joined by guitarist Nils Elders, veteran accordionist Frank Thompson, Clarsach and ethnomusicologist Irene Watt, fabulous jazz pianist Neil Birse and — for one night only — Verlon Thompson, legendary singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.
It provided the springboard for announcing her autumn tour in which Fiona Kennedy will take her much-loved formula, combining musicianship and friendship, from computer screen to stage shows at the following venues: 

22 September 2022 – The Piping Centre, Glasgow
23 September 2022 – Theatre Royal, Dumfries
14 October 2022 – Town Hall, Elgin
15 October 2022 – Inverness Cathedral, Inverness
3 November 2022 – Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen

More dates to be confirmed.

Looking forward to her concert dates this autumn, Fiona added:

“If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that there’s no better mix than musicianship and friendship. And it’s that essence my new show seeks to capture and take to a venue near you this autumn, with tour dates already announced for Glasgow, Dumfries, Elgin and Inverness.

“I’ve been back in the studio in the past few weeks, recording some brand new songs with producer and musician Calum MacColl (son of Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl) and also featuring Antony Chipperfield who will join me on tour.

“Nils Elders and I have also written and recorded two quite poppy songs – which have certainly lifted our spirits. I would say at this rate we’ll have a great new album ready to take on the road.

“The joy has been singing such a range of music — country classics, some old Scottish favourites, songs to get you singing along to, and songs to get you up on the dance floor.

“At their heart, these shows will be a celebration — the road below me, the road ahead, the path towards better times, reconnecting and living for good music and good friendship.

“I’ll see you on the road!”

> Visit Fiona Kennedy on Facebook.com