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The Irish singer-songwriter has announced a live stream gig

Dermot Kennedy initially rose through the ranks of the open mic scene in Dublin, studying classical music at college. Born and raised in Ireland's County Dublin, he was first inspired by his cousin to pick up the guitar at the age of 10. Writing his own songs from his mid-teens, his father actively nurtured his talent by taking him to the city to play in bars he otherwise would not be old enough to drink in.

Dermot found early inspiration in the likes of acoustic singer-songwriter David Gray. His sound evolved over subsequent years, moving away from the more traditional folk and integrating elements of hip-hop into his music. Drawn in by the strong storytelling across both genres, he began to experiment with the confinement of genre boundaries, yet by his own admission remaining firmly rooted to his acoustic past.

Kennedy released his debut single in 2015, the acoustic-pop An Evening I Will Never Forget, but it was After Rain a year later that truly propelled him towards the mainstream. Garnering millions of streams, it paved the way for his four-track Doves & Ravens EP in 2017. At the time, Dermot was still more closely associated with folk, while his gritty delivery cemented an edge in his sound.

It was teaming up with producer Mike Dean in 2018 on the appropriately titled Mike Dean Presents: Dermot Kennedy that saw Kennedy make a stride towards his contemporary sound, culminating with a remix of his previous single Moments Passed. Tracks from the record as well as from Doves & Ravens would go on to form his 2019 self-titled compilation release, which also featured his breakthrough Power Over Me – Kennedy's first foray into the official UK singles chart.

In 2018, Dermot Kennedy was named on Ticketmaster's New For 2019 list, as well as securing a spot as one of YouTube Music's ones to watch. He was also selected for the coveted BBC Sound of 2019 longlist.

A number of singles followed his self-titled compilation release, breaking into the top 10 on the UK singles chart and reaching No.2 on his native Irish chart with Outnumbered in 2019. His first proper album followed in October 2019. Without Fear debuted at No.1 on the official UK albums chart upon release, comprising a mixture of new material and select tracks from across his catalogue. In 2020, Dermot Kennedy released the three-track EP, Lost In The Soft Lights, which featured stripped back renditions of songs from Without Fear.

In July 2020, Dermot Kennedy announced a very special live stream from the Natural History Museum, with fans able to watch online on Thursday 30 July 2020.

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Dermot Kennedy was born on 13 December 1991.

Dermot Kennedy was born and raised in County Dublin, Ireland.

Dermot Kennedy released his latest album, Without Fear, in October 2019.

Dermot Kennedy's songs include the singles:

  • Power Over Me
  • Outnumbered
  • Resolution
  • Giants
  • Lost
  • Moments Passed
  • Young & Free

Dermot Kennedy announced a live stream from London's Natural History Museum on Thursday 30 July 2020.