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Tuesday 05 December 2017

Brighton's Raving Beauties Celebrate Music Of Bap Kennedy In Aid Of Marie Curie

The music of much-loved Belfast singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy is being celebrated with a new release Raving for Bap by Brighton-based ravers, The Raving Beauties; all profits going to Belfast's Marie Curie Hospice
Pic by John Morgan

The release marks the first anniversary of Bap passing away at the Hospice in November 2016, after a short and brave fight with cancer. 

The 5-track E.P, which features original cover art by acclaimed County Antrim artist Kenny McKendry and poignant sleevenotes from respected Belfast music journalist Stuart Bailie, will be available on limited edition 10" vinyl and on digital download.

"For every tribute E.P. bought you'll be supporting people living with a terminal illness, helping us provide more care and support when it is most needed." - Ciara Gallagher from Marie Curie

The record includes songs from Bap's solo career as well as his years as frontman for Energy Orchard and is being released on the Farm Music label

The project is a collaboration between Brighton-based Belfast expat Brian Bell and Oxford/Sussex band The Dreaming Spires with multi-instrumentalist Joe Bennett (Saint Etienne, Co-pilgrim, Dreaming Spires) handling production duties. 

"I didn't know how many people have been touched by my songs. It's what I always wanted. Not money. Not fame. I always wanted people to feel what I feel. The magic of music." - Bap Kennedy 


Bap's sister Marian Bunton began fundraising for the Marie Curie Hospice in Bap's memory at the beginning of 2017. 

She took on the challenge of abstaining from alcohol for a year and proceeds from Raving for Bap will be added to the £2,000 plus Marian has already raised, with further fundraising activity being planned for the New Year.

"I'd like to say a big thanks to Brian and The Raving Beauties for making this tribute E.P. and for helping to raise funds for the Marie Curie Hospice. 

"It's great to hear such a different take on Bap's songs. The band have created a cool 60s American West Coast sound and Bap would have loved it!" - Brenda Boyd Kennedy, Bap's widow.

To order the limited edition 10" vinyl version of the "Raving for Bap" E.P. CLICK HERE.

To download or stream Raving for Bap (suggested donation £5) see: 

Donations can be made HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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