Songwriter, musician, producer, performer …..
New album ‘Wheels Of The World’ now available, March 2017.
Tony Floyd Kenna is a songwriter, musician, producer and performer from Dublin. From 2012 to 2016 he has been the Editor of the online Independent Music Review Ireland / MT Magazine and on the ground founder/organiser/host of the regular Musicians & Songwriters Collective acoustic and electric sessions in Dublin. As well as the regular Tuesday sessions lots of special events were hosted: Culture Night Showcases, Mid-Summer’s Songwriters, Christmas Specials, Arthur’s Day, Guinness Amplify, Touring Artists Showcases, Music Showcase N.I. Specials, Band Nights, Songs & Their Stories Afternoons, Sit Down Acoustic Sessions, Handel’s Messiah Anniversary Specials, Blooms Day Celebrations, C.D. Launches and lots more. In August 2017 Tony resumed hosting the now renamed ‘Performing Songwriter Showcase’ at Darkey Kelly’s until July 2018.
July and August 2018 saw Tony playing the regular Tuesday night slot at the new venue for live music ‘The Dalkey Duck’. usually preceded by an acoustic afternoon in Dublin City. October & November saw Tony back in Dublin City with a Tuesday Tunes session at the ‘The Beer Market’ on High Street and December Tony lands at Mary’s Bar off Grafton Street on Thursdays and Tuesdays.
Tony started writing lyrics while still at school in the seventies and, having taken up bass guitar, played with many local bands including Face To Face, Rocky DeValera & The Gravediggers, Maggies Farm and Good Intentions. The eighties also saw Tony working as a studio sound engineer and serving as a council member of the Irish Association of Songwriters & Composers, also editing the regular IASC newsletter.
Retiring from professional involvement in the music industry in 1988 Tony got actively involved again in 2009 with the release of remastered recordings from Face To Face and Good Intentions with both Good Intentions and Maggies Farm coming together again to record and release new material in 2010/2011. With fellow Maggies Farm band member Joe Wanman McGuinness, two CD albums were written and released in 2011/2012 under the band name Wanman & Floyd (Light Side Of The Dark & Dark Side Of The Night ).
Having also put out a couple of promotional solo CD EPs Tony wrote and released two solo albums in 2012/2013 (All The Colours & Songs From The Furnace Of Life ). Other projects have included the Musicians Together Darkey Kelly’s promotional album for the gathering, the Tornado 13 disaster relief benefit album and a major collaborative writing project which saw the release of ‘Black’ by Jed McConkey in May 2013. Most weeks now you will find Tony gigging around Dublin City and County with regular Solo and ‘with Friends’ gigs.
2014 saw the new solo CD ‘2014 The Alien Has Landed’ plus the launch of a new band Acoustic Earth. 2015 brought ‘Outside’ and a live Tony & Rhiannah CD. ‘Supergroup’ The Famous Six was formed for the 2016 Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival and work continues constantly on new songs and new recording. Other Festivals played include Egg Cup & Whiskey and Holywood Blues & Jazz.
2016 saw Tony concentrating on writing new material which culminated in the release of the critically acclaimed new album ‘Wheels Of The world’ in March 2017.
September 2017 saw ‘The Darkey Kelly’s Live Music Festival’ with Tony taking the role of Festival Director as well as performing and hosting. Plans are now in motion for another album of new material in 2019…. ‘Six Strings And A Story’.
And, don’t forget, you can catch Tony at Mary’s Bar & Hardware in December on Thursdays and Tuesdays 🙂
Pictures, in order of appearance, by Sarah, Glebsy Vo, Juha Forsberg, Alan Ryan, Tony/Skype, Bernie C.