of Music at St. Barrahane's Church

tel. +353 (0)28 33752 / +353 (0)86 226 4797  Jacqueline Weij

St. Barrahane's Church Castletownshend,

(8 km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


Thursday 10th August 2017, 8 pm


Jessie Kennedy and Friends


A Concert in Two Parts.

Jessie will be joined by very special guests Maurice Seezer, Patsy Puttnam, members of The Vespertine Quintet and more friends.

PART ONE will feature music from Jessie's solo albums and other works.

PART TWO will be dedicated to selected pieces from her acclaimed album The Carbery Songs.


“The celebration of the women and their Freke-Carbery world is beautiful. From the haunting strings of the Overture to the lines from the past recited in the farewell preceding the epilogue, The Carbery Songs is remarkable.”

Professor Raymond Anselement, editor of “The Remembrances of Elizabeth Freke”, on The Carbery Songs.


“Stirring and poignant songs and compositions, sounds unfurling through the simplicity of the Cathedral. Extracts from the books read by Patsy Puttnam … violins and cello, guitars, drum, piano and harmony voices … an amazing event.” (Jasper Wynn, journalist and author.)


“Astonishing”... (Marty Whelan, RTE Lyric FM)


“A very fine album indeed”… (Blue of The Night, RTE Lyric FM)


“Like a Fellini Movie”... (acclaimed Irish songwriter Jimmy McCarthy)


National Geographic film (Wild Atlantic Way) 2016 featuring Jessie’s narration and music:


Promotional film on The Carbery Songs (featuring interviews with Donovan, Patsy Puttnam and Stephen Evans Freke):


Here is link to my Facebook music page:


Jessie Kennedy is a vocalist, composer and musician from West Cork. At age eight Jessie was given her first guitar by Irish songwriter Jimmy McCarthy, as well as playing trad on Nigel Kennedy’s Stradivarius! She has been immersed in the best of Irish contemporary music for many years, and has two successful solo albums under her belt.


Jessie’s 'THE CARBERY SONGS' album was released in July 2015 to great acclaim, with performances at Rosscarbery Cathedral and also at National Digital Week in West Cork. Jessie was joined by very special guests on stage, including legendary songwriter Donovan, (who wrote a song with Jessie on the album) and Patsy Puttnam, who reads from Mary Carbery's Journals on the album. The album was produced by West Cork composer and baroque violinist Justin Grounds.


‘The Carbery Songs’ was inspired by the lives of three women in the historic Carbery Family of Castle Freke, spanning 300 years, in West Cork, near Jessie's home. During these recordings Jessie had the opportunity to play in Castle Freke itself for a select audience of historians, at the invitation of the Evans-Freke family. Jessie also unearthed lost music composed by the writer Lady Mary Carbery, of the Castle, which had not been heard for 100 years. Some of this 'lost' music was re-worked with string quartet for 'The Carbery Songs' album.


A violinist and vocalist with The Vespertine Quintet, Jessie has performed and collaborated with many artists including Donovan, Interference, Liam O’Maonlai and Maria Doyle Kennedy, as well as film composers Maurice Seezer and Sacha Puttnam.


Upcoming releases in 2017 include an EP with composer  and collaborator Justin Grounds, featuring a combination of both Irish traditional and original pieces, by the duo.


Jessie will also be featured on The Vespertine Quintet debut record, release date April 23rd 2017.


Film and Video:

Jessie recently narrated and provided the soundtrack for National Geographic’s film on the Wild Atlantic Way, which was released worldwide in 2016.


Songs from The Carbery Songs have also been featured on Rachel Allen’s Coastal TV Series, and John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way series for RTE television.