July 20, 2006


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Married to music
The Kennedys make the band a family business
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

The Kennedys, a husband-and-wife duo who recently released their eighth album, will play outside the Nashua Public Library on Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Their latest album, Half a Million Miles, like their previous releases features the songs and guitar work of Pete and Maura Kennedy, who have put out an album almost every year for the last decade.

The Kennedys are always on tour, either promoting a new album or just keeping their fans happy. The couple recently answered questions by e-mail.

“The latest album is our way of looking back at our first 10 years on the road. We sing about some of the people we've encountered in our years and eventually arrive at the conclusion that, after all these miles and years on the road, we’re still in the same place; a married couple pursuing our dreams together,” they said.

Their music has been described as pop folk. The Kennedys have done several performances in New Hampshire and they teach and perform at a music camp on Lake Winnepesaukee every year.

“We call it folk because we feature acoustic guitars and pop because the songs are hopefully accessible to people hearing them for the first time. We try to bring across a positive message that brings people together and we emphasize that by putting a lot of energy into the groove that underpins our lyrics,” according to the e-mail.

The Kennedys are strong supporters of free concerts and feel they it enables all types of people, the opportunity to attend a concert that they otherwise might not have.

“We love outdoor shows for this reason and the fact that everyone gets to enjoy the music in the open air is a big plus. We've always loved playing in New Hampshire and we find the audience is really receptive to our music,” the couple said in email.

Quite the traveling pair, The Kennedys have called many places home including Dublin, Ireland. Recently they moved to New England and find that they are enjoying the northeast in the summer.

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The Live Kennedys
THear The Kennedys on Sirius Satellite Radio, Saturdays from 7 to 10 a.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Disorder 24 or listen to samples at www.kennedysmusic.com/sound.html.

See The Kennedys on Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St.

For more information on Summer Concerts on the Plaza, call the library at 589-4610 or visit www.nashualibrary.org.