Bap Kennedy was a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter who never achieved commercial fame despite the help of some very influential friends. Steve Earle produced his first solo album, Domestic Blues, which he recorded in Nashville in 1998. Van Morrison, a long-time fan and supporter, recorded Kennedy’s The Big Picture at his home studio and co-wrote the song “Milky Way.” And Mark Knopfler, with whom Kennedy toured, produced The Sailor’s Revenge.
One of Kennedy’s songs, “Moonlight Kiss,” made it onto the soundtrack of the John Cusack/Kate Beckinsale romantic comedy Serendipity.
Before going solo, Kennedy was part of the Irish bands 10 Past 7 and Energy Orchard, a band he formed in London.