Folk-rock duo Pete and Maura Kennedy will perform in concert Friday, April 15, at 8:00 pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Opening for The Kennedys will be solo performer Mark D. Conklin.
The concert is part of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by The Folk Project each Friday evening at The Fellowship. Admission is $7.00 per person at the door. For further information, call 973-335-9489, or visit www.folkproject.org.
Inspiration is where you find it – and where it finds you. Open to every moment, the much-traveled married duo of Pete and Maura Kennedy has spun their personal experiences, musical influences and philosophical beliefs into nine previous albums of winsome original songs, frequently seasoned with exquisitely-performed cover tunes, that blend acoustic-based folk, rock, country, pop and secular gospel into an inclusively delightful sound that’s all their own. In 1992, Pete Kennedy was the lead guitarist for country-folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith. Maura Boudreau was fronting her own country-rock band, The Delta Rays. They met at Austin, Texas’ Continental Club, and “instantly connected,” according to Pete. Their first date was a rendezvous at Buddy Holly’s grave in Lubbock. In spring ’93, Maura joined the Griffith band as a harmony singer. Griffith quickly informed them that The Kennedys would be her opening act for an upcoming British tour. Pete and Maura wrote an inspired set of songs in Dublin, and the result was their first album, River of Fallen Stars, released in 1995 and winner of an “Indie” award as “Best Adult Contemporary CD.” In the last 12 years, The Kennedy have recorded 10 albums, played about 1500 performances from house concerts to major festivals, conducted monthly guitar workshops, and now host the “Dharma Café” show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channel 70.
Opening act Mark D. Conklin will perform with backup vocalist Jenn Curtis and keyboardist Arne Wendt. Mark is a singer/songwriter from New Jersey who describes himself “Like Springsteen…only funnier…but not nearly as cool!” He has had over 40 songs recorded by Nashville artists, and has just released his second solo album It’s About Time.
The Folk Project is a non-profit 501C Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances, dances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship, performance and dance skills in the Northern New Jersey area; and provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.