“A true professional, Kenney has given himself completely to his art, for he is it and it is life, and will still be heard in the northern winds and wilds in 500 years to come; a thread in the web that spans the ages” – Bearded Magazine
Born and bred in Liverpool, Mikey Kenney the musician has matured in Lancashire, notably spending formative years exploring the nooks and crannies of the Forest of Bowland, searching for peace of mind, a connection with nature and inspiration for his music making. He has conjured the spirit of these gloriously unheralded pastures with various musical projects under various guises, arguably reaching his epiphany moment with The Reverie Road, his new album, released earlier this year on Penny Fiddle Records. A majestic singer, poetic songwriter, and English folk, Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass and Americana style fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist – Mikey could’ve been born any time in the past 500 years, but it’s no coincidence that he is alive and well today; for there are no coincidences in nature or the music that grows from its seed. This is indeed a stroke of luck for today’s festival organisers, tavern owners, and all present and future lovers of ‘the real’. A veritable magician of such substantive law, Kenney’s music (solo or collaborative, he has toured with the ‘The Band of Burns’ already this year) is a subtly powerful homage to the earth and hearts of humankind, and it succeeds from the bawdy level of spit and sawdust barroom sing-alongs to the lofty heights of the soul set free. Once heard, never forgotten.