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Maura Kennedy plays a special hometown solo

The Maura Kennedy solo show is April 23 at Syracuse's Words and Music Songwriter Showcase:

Kennedy, of the popular folk-rock duo the Kennedys, returns to her hometown of Syracuse on April 23 for a solo show. This special appearance is one of Maura's first-ever solo concerts. Tracks from her upcoming solo debut can be heard at the Words and Music series Web site(myspace.com/wordsandmusicshowcase).

The opening set on April 23 will include Emily Arin and Tim Herron performing in the round with series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Details on all the performers are below.

Words and Music Songwriter Showcase featuring Maura Kennedy with Emily Arin, Tim Herron, and series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers:

WHEN: Thursday, April 23. Doors at 7, music at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington, Syracuse, 479-5299

TICKETS: $10. For reservations, email showcase@wordsandmusic.info

MORE INFO: myspace.com/wordsandmusicshowcase

ABOUT THE SONGWRITERS

Maura Kennedy was born Maura Boudreau in Syracuse, home of a fantastic live, original music scene when she was a teenager. In her formative years she played bass guitar in punk and heavy metal bands, keyboards and acoustic guitar in a British folk-rock band, and guitar and mandolin in a roots-rock band. In 1993, she and her now-husband, Pete Kennedy, joined Nanci Griffith's backup band (The Blue Moon Orchestra) on a two-month world tour.

When that tour was over, Pete and Maura struck out on their own as the Kennedys, and have been performing, writing, and recording ever since. Their tenth duo album, Better Dreams, was released in January. Maura performed

solo for the first time in the fall of 2008 and is finishing her debut solo CD. myspace.com/MauraKennedy

Emily Arin is a Los Angeles native who recently migrated to a small town in Schuyler County, New York, with the goal of diving deeper into the craft of songwriting. A recent article published in the Ithaca Journal says that Arin "writes with profound emotional intimacy and honesty and has an exquisite voice to boot. Her talent is on par with early Gillian Welch, Jana Hunter, and Nina Nastasia."

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