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First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
   

The Kennedys
Jan 6, 2018

The Kennedys at Off the Common Bridgewater

Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.

2015 sees a Maura solo CD, a Pete solo CD, and the release of “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention. 

Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a “best of The Kennedys,” but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it’s the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.

Also Appearing - Quentin Callewaert

Quentin Callawaert at Off the Common Bridgewater

Quentin Callewaert's stunning mastery of the guitar at the age of 15 has been known to elicit reactions of jaw-dropping awe. Playing a combination of classical, traditional, contemporary and popular material, as well as original compositions, he has shared the stage with many great guitarists and is working on a full performance schedule of his own.

One look, one listen and it’s clear that QC is embarking on an exciting journey. Welcome aboard, and hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

 

General Information


The 2017/2018 Season --

 

Oct 7

Susie Burke & David Surette
 

Nov 4

Cormac McCarthy

 

Dec 2

Greg Greenway

 

Jan 6

The Kennedys with Quentin Callewaert

 

Feb 3

Bernice Lewis with Hugh O'Doherty

 

Mar 3

David Roth

 

Apr 7

The Monica Rizzio Band

 

May 5

Chris & Meredith Thompson

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