Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

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




Share    


Brighton's music venues are joining forces to programme a series of live gigs to support and protect the city's vibrant music scene.
Credit Mundialphoto

Brighton Fringe's Autumn Season officially launches today, 1st October 2020, with more than fifty events taking place in a COVID-safe way at venues across the city as well as online.

When the Circus of Horrors started in Glastonbury '95 people thought it would run for 25 weeks let alone 25 years, yet here we are a quarter of a century later and the Circus of Horrors is still touring globally.

Brighton-based Carlene Jackson saw the potential of cloud technology early and went on to build a thriving consultancy business with twenty staff. Below she talks about partnering with Microsoft, staff and apprenticeships and how a 'learning difficulty' has made her a better entrepreneur. 

Green councillors joined Brighton residents in Hanover and Elm Grove to create a 'pop-up parklet', a temporary mini-outdoor space with chairs, cushions, a rug, plants and decorations. 

Towner International - Eastbourne's Towner's inaugural contemporary art biennial - hopes to address how artistic communities are recording and responding to the economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes that are unfolding across the world today. 

Two Brighton-born digital companies are celebrating a joint nomination for a national award in recognition of their pioneering support for local loneliness charity, TogetherCo during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environmental activists placed more than two-hundred pairs of shoes outside Hove Town Hall to symbolise the numbers killed or seriously injured every year in Brighton by air pollution and road traffic accidents.

A community charity campaign, launched last month to support Sussex charities, not-for-profit groups and services that have felt the devastating financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, received an incredible response from the public who nominated local charities and then voted for the winner.

Paloma Faith wrote most of the songs for her forthcoming fifth album, Infinite Things, before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. Then the world went into lockdown, and she ripped them all up and started afresh. 

Death was a subject that had long fascinated Tunng's Sam Genders; a preoccupation not born out of the macabre so much as a curiosity about the fundamental purpose of existence — but also a hesitancy he had noticed around others' grief; a wish to be supportive in the right way, to say the right thing in the face of loss. 

Around one hundred mums, dads, kids and grandparents took part in the colourful family-friendly “bike swarm”, which began at The Level before progressing down the Old Steine, along Madeira Drive, then west to the West Pier.
Credit Magnus Andersen

Rising Icelandic singer-songwriter and one-time Brighton resident, Axel Flóvent, calls Reykjavík home, but also the inspiration behind his upcoming full-length debut, You Stay By The Sea
Credit Pooneh Ghana

Having used the internet as their playground in pioneering ways for the last six months, Glass Animals have decided to reimagine their live show to create a one-time-only virtual gig/experience. 

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd