Quiet Lights 2019: Junior Brother
Junior Brother was the very first act that we booked for Quiet Lights 2019. That shows how excited we are for this concert! To have him perform in a brand new version of a much loved room in The Kino is a brilliant way to ease into the last night of the festival. Support on the night is from the brilliant John Francis Flynn.
Born outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ronan Kealy developed a strong love of music from an early age, writing his first song at 9 years old after having taught himself guitar on a banged-up nylon acoustic. A short spell studying English in University College Cork helped Kealy to foster his unique and striking poetic voice, taking his Junior Brother moniker from a character in Jacobean play "The Revenger's Tragedy", a work Kealy studied there. Junior Brother has spent the last few years gaining a fine live reputation and picking up fans such as Blindboy Boatclub and Cillian Murphy along the way.
"He sings in a voice that makes no concession to the conventional approach of knocking off corners to gain acceptance, and he is all the better for it." Pat Carty, Hot Press Magazine
"Irreverent is too small a word to describe Kerry singer Junior Brother. Armed with a battered acoustic guitar and a tambourine, his gaunt and guttural tunes sing with a gallows humour that will chime with anyone who’s been dragged up in Ireland between the triangulation/strangulation points of church, school and da drink." Alan Corr, RTÉ
"If Nick Drake was born in the Kingdom, and received a lifetime full of Healy Rae harrassment and sanctimonious sour looks, it might sound like this." Jinx Lennon