Behind the Scenes: "The Galway Girl"
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
3M ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHbMoswluVo We released our brand new official music video for "The Galway Girl" on October 14th! Not only did we have a blast filming the video, but it's also chock-full of fun little details that you may not have caught on the first viewing. Come along with us as we give you a tour behind the scenes! 1. Our outfits match the album artwork for "The Knotted Circle" 2. We revisited locations from "The Knotted Circle" photo shoot Well...kind of. We'd originally hoped to recreate the album cover by returning to the same downtown parking deck where we'd posed in fro ..read more
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The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival: 6 Things We Loved About Our First Performance In Canada
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
5M ago
Up to this point in our lives, neither of us have spent much time outside the country. But this year alone we were given the amazing privilege of visiting Ireland (with a wonderful though all-too-short stopover in Iceland!) and most recently Ontario, Canada for the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival. If you're anything like us and love traveling to check out highland games and Celtic festivals around the country, this is one you'll absolutely want to put on the bucket list to see. Here are our top five reasons why Goderich is among our top favorite festivals: 1. Provides Crucial Professional Deve ..read more
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Kinnfolk Presents: Star Above the Mountain | June 30, 2023
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
7M ago
One night only at the Spot on Kirk! Kinnfolk presents "Star Above the Mountain," a collection of traditional Irish tunes and brand-new Celtic folk music celebrating Roanoke, Virginia. The evening of June 30, 2023 was very, very special to us. This was the night we finally performed "Kinnfolk Presents: Star Above the Mountain" to a live audience at The Spot on Kirk. We've been piecing together this concert for close to a year now. It all started last summer, when we sent off a grant proposal for an enormous project: to pen a collection of original Celtic folk music celebrating our town of Roan ..read more
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A Trip Around Ireland | Part 2: Cork & Blarney
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
9M ago
The honeymoon saga continues! After two nights in Dublin (both spent with the fun and crowd-energizing musicians at O'Donoghue's Bar), we packed up our things and boarded our first of many, many intercity bus. The next destination? Cork. Our itinerary in Cork was twofold: to enjoy as many trad sessions as possible, and to explore the famous Blarney Castle! The Blarney [Castle] Pilgrim(s) https://video.wixstatic.com/undefined Some locations on our trip, we chose because they are must-see for tourists visiting Ireland for the first time. Others, we chose because we are deeply nerdy and Irish tr ..read more
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Kinnfolk Presents: Star Above the Mountain
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
10M ago
Tickets Now Available! Last fall, we announced that we'd been selected to receive an Art Matters Grant through the City of Roanoke and the National Endowment of the Arts. The project was simple enough: pen a collection of Roanoke-themed songs and tunes that embraces the Celtic motif of place—exploring our city, its history, its people, and its stories through traditional music. We promised that the project would culminate in a live performance showcasing the new material... And now that day has come! Our project, Star Above the Mountain, is coming to The Spot on Kirk stage on Friday, June 30 ..read more
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A Trip Around Ireland | Part 1: Dublin
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
10M ago
For our honeymoon, we took the trip of a lifetime: three weeks in Ireland with eyes wide open, ready to explore the cities, drink in wild landscapes, and forge friendships with acquaintances from across the Atlantic ocean. As Celtic musicians, our trip was particularly special because we chose places significant to Irish traditional music! Whether seeking out world-class sessions in local pubs, visiting the haunts of famous musicians, or simply locating a city block referenced in a traditional song, our journey dripped with reels and jigs and late nights full of craic. We took too many pictur ..read more
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Our Top 5 Favorite Irish Pub Sessions
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
10M ago
For our honeymoon, we spent three weeks traveling around Ireland in search of traditional music. We sat in with a total of 22 sessions...sometimes more than one per night, and sometimes at the same pub on different nights. Each gathering of musicians had its own special character. Here are our top 5 favorites. 1. Sin É – Cork From the moment we stepped into Sin É, it was immediately clear that this was one of the places to be for solid trad music. The name translates to "That's it" in English, named for the fact it is located next to a funeral home. Hailed by many as the best pub in Cork for ..read more
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Kinnfolk Voted 2023 Robinson Emerging Artist!
Kinn Folk Music Blog
by Kinnfolk
10M ago
We are excited, proud, and humbled to announce that we've been selected as winner of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival 2023 Robinson Emerging Artist Showcase! Over 70 bands from around the world applied for the first round of consideration by a jury of industry professionals. Of these, five were selected as finalists for the 2023 Robinson Emerging Artist Showcase: Arise & Go (USA) , Chloe Matharu (Scotland), Delhaven (Canada), Fiárock (Ireland), and Kinnfolk (USA). Once the finalists were announced, the second round of consideration commenced: a 10-day online public vote by fans of the ..read more
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Photos From St. Patrick's Month
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11M ago
St. Patrick's Day is more than a single day when you're a Celtic musician...it's a whole season! We put out a call on our social media requesting photos from our many performances this month...and you all delivered! Please enjoy this sampling of images from St. Patrick's Month 2023. Celtic Calling | March 4, 2023 | Charleston, WV Corned Beef & Co. Celtic Celebration Roanoke Catholic School's Celtic Fest on the Hill March 11, 2023 | Roanoke, VA Gladheart Wine & Brews | March 16, 2023 | Roanoke, VA Clam Digger's Pub & Eatery | March 17, 2023 | Bedford, VA SML Pavilion St. Patrick's D ..read more
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Q & A: Why is there a double "n" in "Kinnfolk"?
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by Kinnfolk
1y ago
Q: Why is there a double “n” in “Kinnfolk”? A: That’s easy…it’s because we’re punny people! Our names are Josh and Julie Kinn. Kinn (our name) + folk (our genre) = Kinnfolk. There’s one more layer, too, and that’s the meaning of the properly-spelled word “kinfolk”. Some of you might remember that, waaaaay back in the day, our band had a different name. It was a reference to a beloved fantasy book, and we loved it, but many people found it difficult to pronounce. So, around the fall of 2019, we started shopping around for new names. We tried all kinds of tactics: band name generators, referenc ..read more
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