False Deceiver is the debut album from Louth contemporary
folk band Kern.
The album is a true blend, in terms of its mood, its
styles and its musicians. Thunderous sets of traditional
tunes vie with lyrical, atmospheric songs, all underpinned
by the production of legendary Lúnasa and Waterboys
bassist Trevor Hutchinson.
As a result, False Deceiver manages to be emotional
without being sentimental, traditional yet contemporary.
The band has their unusual mix of personalities to thank
for this. Brendan McCreanor is a thrilling uilleann
piper who has worked extensively in both traditional
music and in contemporary crossover projects. By contrast,
SJ McArdleis a well-known rock and folk musician, a
published songwriter and singer (songs from his three
albums have featured in film, TV and radio and he has
toured extensively). And Barry Kieran is a former Leinster
champion fiddler, steeped in the raw, pure music of
Trevor Hutchinson is the perfect foil for this disparate
lot, with a foot in both the traditional and rock camps.
His distinctive double bass rounds out the album's sound
along with the bodhrán of Eamonn Moloney of FullSet.
The band launched the album at Dublin Unitarian Church
and has been playing a host of festivals and concerts,
including Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Dingle Tradfest
and Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Drogheda Arts Festival and
Praise for False Deceiver:
"Quite lovely ... an intriguing release. Those
interested in trad music that crosses over into singer/songwriter
territory will find this album particularly attractive,
but its accessibility will have easy appeal to general
audiences. Thumbs up!"
- Irish Echo
"The instrumental tracks on the album are absolutely
superb. (In "The Hard Wind") SJ McArdle has
written a really fine and brave song
powerful and complex"
- Mike Harding
"Gorgeous. It's been a while since I heard something
traditional this sweet and good."
- Susan McKeown