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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 Oriel.

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 Vantastival.

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 … really interesting, powerful and complex"
- Mike Harding

"Gorgeous. It's been a while since I heard something traditional this sweet and good."
- Susan McKeown