KINFOLK are Brian McDaid and
They are both talented song-writers, but Kinfolk is so much more
than the sum of its parts.
Their music can be described as a fusion of folk, Celtic, country
and contemporary acoustic songs, with a strong and distinctive vocal
sound that is rare in its quality.
This debut album of original songs and instrumentals demonstrates
their diversity and ability in songwriting and performing.
Brian and Gerry met in the south of England in 2000.
Gerry was busy on the London songwriters circuit, playing support
spots to established artistes such as Nils Lofgren, Colin Blunstone,
Bert Jansch and Geno Washington. Brian was poised to go the the US,
having been offered a recording deal. Since that meeting they have
worked together with a number of other musicians , mainly playing
live venues throughout England. Since late 2004 they have been
drawing on their shared musical heritage to create KINFOLK and their
debut album THIS LAND.
Their backgrounds are strikingly similar. Brian was born in Glasgow,
Scotland. His parents are from Donegal and Fermanagh in Ireland.
Although born 500 miles away in London, Gerry is also of Irish
descent, with parents from Cork. Their musical heritage is also
similar, both influenced by traditional and contemporary folk music
from Ireland, Scotland and England. For Brian, the influence was
inevitable - his uncle was the late Irish folk legend Corny McDaid.
Without doubt, constant exposure to these influences played an
important part in their musical development.
Their first musical playing experiences also
followed a familiar pattern. Acoustic guitar folk clubs were a
common feature. As they developed into their late teens other, more
contemporary, influences became evident. James Taylor, The Eagles,
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were of particular significance, and
their influence can be heard in the close vocal harmony style of
Typical of many young people, their musical experience and
experimentation developed over the years. These included rock, pop,
jazz, funk and country. However, throughout their musical careers
they have always maintained a strong acoustic and folk link.
Brian and Gerry have been playing live music of all types throughout
the UK and abroad, and are now very experienced live performers.
Gerry is also currently a member of the folk band HERON.
Both Gerry and Brian have been writing songs from their earliest
musical careers. Gerry was described in TIME OUT as "an excellent
singer-songwriter", and Brian critically acclaimed as "a damned good
songwriter". Both were described by another music journalist as
having "wonderful voices" and, unusually for singer-songwriters, of
having "charisma" on stage.
This meeting of musical experience has now produced a song writing
duo that has flourished and developed together. They have produced
songs of quality and diversity, appealing across a wide range of
folk music tastes. (by KinFolk)