+ Bobby Kakouris
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An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/ songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of Co. Kerry, Ireland singer Ronan Kealy. Chosen as one of RTÉ's Rising Irish Stars of 2018, and as one of The Irish Times' contenders ready to break through in 2019, Junior Brother has built a rabid following thanks to unmissable live shows, and music both excitingly forward-looking and anciently evocative. His strange stories unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, influenced as much by the avant-garde as music from the middle ages and his home place in rural Ireland. Junior Brother has been steadily building a fanbase around Ireland and beyond, winning hearts in iconic venues such as Vicar Street (Dublin), The Beacon Theatre (New York), Cork Opera House (Cork), Blackpool Opera House (UK) to name just a few. He has played support for a variety of like-minded acts such as The Proclaimers and Glen Hansard, the latter bringing him on a tour of the US East Coast in July 2019. Junior's unique work was acknowledged with 2 nominations for the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, for Best Folk Album and Best Emerging Folk Act. He has been aired on such broadcasters as BBC6 Music, 2fm and RTE Radio 1. His debut album "Pull The Right Rope" was released in May 2019 to high press acclaim, and vigorous approval from figures such as the Rubberbandits and Cillian Murphy, the latter playing Junior Brother several times on his BBC6 Music Radio Show. PRAISE FOR "PULL THE RIGHT ROPE" "There is a fierce, coarse wildness to Ronan Kealy's debut album, which stands toe-to-toe with the finest folk that Ireland has to offer" - Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times "Part of new folk revolution that's making household names of Lisa O'Neill and Ye Vagabonds, Killarney's Junior Brother, aka Ronan Kealy, is a strange and wonderful talent." 4/5 - Sunday Business Post "Overall, Junior Brother's debut is very much like rural Ireland: raw and stark - but very beautiful." 8/10 - Stephen Porzio, Hot Press Magazine "Kealy is not only marching to a different drumbeat, but creating one that we all want to march to." - Louise Bruton, The Irish Times
"Carries that inimitable Kerry trait and proud tradition of being a bona-fide storyteller....perhaps the strongest traits in his music and persona are a lack of cowardice mixed with talent" Remy's Music and Film Blog "His songs are full of emotion, and also lots and lots of humour...could only be written in Ireland" John Barker, Totally Irish 98fm Junior Brother is an alternative folk singer/ songwriter from Kilcummin, Co. Kerry, playing slightly unhinged, sometimes heady, folk songs of his own creation. In his music he is heavily influenced by his upbringing in rural Ireland, attempting to recreate the archaic, weird and beautiful nature which surrounds his family home and littered his childhood. Currently based in Dublin, Junior Brother's played the annual Whelan's Ones to Watch festival the last two years and has played support for acts such as the Hot House Flowers, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, and R.S.A.G. Influences include Planxty, Richard Dawson, Pentangle, Richie Kavanagh, the harp playing of Derek Bell and Alan Stivell, and the vocals of Dessie O'Halloran and Joanna Newsom.