Bap Kennedy


Martin Christopher Kennedy (17 June 1962 – 1 November 2016), known as Bap Kennedy, was a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was noted for his collaborations with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan and Mark Knopfler, as well as for writing the song Moonlight Kiss which was on the soundtrack for the film Serendipity (starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale). Kennedy was in a successful band, Energy Orchard for many years and has also recorded a number of well-received solo albums including Domestic Blues, The Big Picture, The Sailor's Revenge and Let's Start Again. During his solo career, Kennedy has performed, written and recorded songs with artists such as Steve Earle (on Domestic Blues), Van Morrison (on The Big Picture) and Mark Knopfler (on The Sailor's Revenge). Following the releases of The Big Picture and The Sailor's Revenge, he toured the USA and Europe with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, who also produced Kennedy's 2012 album The Sailor's Revenge. Kennedy's first band was the punk band Sellout formed in 1978 when he was sixteen years old. The band was formed to support rock group Uncle Waldo, playing in a local Belfast club. In 1980 after having played in several other local bands, Kennedy formed the band 10 past 7, with whom he received his first national recognition when they appeared on Channel 4 music show The Tube in 1983. The band was managed by Mark Kelly, MBE. 10 Past 7 were signed to the Good Vibrations record label by Terri ...

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