Andy Kenna was born and bred in Liverpool, playing and singing traditional music from an early age. His early influences were predominantly Irish. In the 60's, he became involved in the folk revival and ran clubs in Liverpool and Manchester. During this period, he developed an interest in the shanty and sang in the Mersey Shantymen, backing the likes of Stan Hugill and Bert Lloyd. As a solo traditional singer, he recorded a number of sea songs and shanties for the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
In 1969, he emigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada, where he extended his repertoire of sea songs. On returning to England, several years later, Andy again became involved in the Irish/Maritime Liverpool music scene. He has won various medals at fleadhanna ceoil and has played in numerous ceilidh bands.
In 1995 Andy joined with Bernie Davis to form the duo Liverpool Forebitter. They performed at all the major maritime festivals in Britain, and also in Holland, France, and even Estonia! They recorded two CDs, one of shanties and forebitters, and one of the sea poems of John Masefield that Andy had set to music.
Andy now performs solo, singing sea songs, together with songs from the Liverpool/Irish Tradition; playing a wide variety of tunes; and also performing the "Masefield Show" based on John Masefield's Salt Water Ballads.
His latest CD "Emigrants Served" consisting mostly of self-penned songs in a Maritime/Liverpool style has been well received. He has performed at festivals throughout Europe, in the United States and Canada, and recently in Australia.
A multi-instrumentalist, Andy's main instrument is the concertina: as well as the Treble instrument he also plays the Baritone.
Andy is available for bookings and can be contacted at: