Pete and Maura Kennedy are a contemporary folk duo who color their original songs with musical and lyrical references that point to the great music of the 1960s; The Beatles, The Byrds, Buddy Holly, and the Everly Brothers figure prominently in their songs, and in their choice of cover material. Based in Greenwich Village, the two celebrated, in 2015, their twentieth year as a married couple and and musical duo. Two decades on the road, both on their own and as members of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra, have led them to many venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Newport and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, and Royal Albert Hall in London. Prior to moving to New York City, they were based in Austin Texas, and Washington DC. In DC, they were Artists-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and were the recipients of twenty Wammy awards, including "Artists of the Year". In 1993, Pete was awarded a Grammy certificate for his participation as lead guitarist on Nanci Griffith's "Other Voices, Other Rooms".
The Kennedy have released fifteen CDs, including three in 2015.
The Kennedys / Press
JIM FARBER IS FLOORED BY THE KENNEDYS...Maura Kennedy's voice rests wistfully on music that makes Burt Bacharach-style somber pop.
Jim Farber - New York Daily News
Byrdsy jangle and boy-girl harmonies...irresistible
Rolling Stone Magazine
The Kennedys are worthy of the title First Couple of American Folk and Americana.
Lee Zimmeraman - No Depression
Just in from one of the best gigs I have seen this year. The Kennedys were superb at The Loft tonight. Wonderful music and a great U2 cover in Wild Honey. Anyone who missed it missed a treat of a gig. Hope they come back again soon.
John O'Regan - Freelance Music Journalist/Broadcaster/Lecturer
The Lords of Liechtenstein
The Lords of Liechtenstein is a quirky New York-based folk music duo composed of two brothers -- Dan and Noah Rauchwerk. Their sound has been compared to Simon and Garfunkel and their antics have been compared to The Smothers Brothers, but their unique instrumentation and introspective lyrics put them in a category all their own.
With Noah on ukulele/vocals and Dan on acoustic guitar/banjo/vocals, The Lords have gained acclaim for their tight harmonies, innovative songwriting, and exuberant stage show. Mark Miller of Urban H2O says "They are like the Everly Brothers with an attitude!"
The Lords of Liechtenstein have performed all over the East Coast, opening for the likes of such musical legends as Christine Lavin, Joe Crookston, Magpie, and Toby Walker. The Lords have also released three CDs in the last three years, including a concept album on African food crises - "Economics of an Empty Stomach" (2011), a quirky, multi-faceted LP entitled "Siberia" (2012) and their newest CD "Girlz (With A 'Z')" released in 2014.
In addition to their undisputed musical talent, the pair has earned a reputation for their fashion sensibility and are perhaps, solely responsible for the recent resurgence of the argyle sweater vest, spotted at every Lords performance and as well as in trendy circles throughout Brooklyn's "Hipsterland".
Here's the buzz on The Lords of Liechtenstein ...
"They are like The Everly Brothers with an attitude."
-Mark Miller, Artistic Director, Urban H2O
"Don't let the argyle sweater vests fool you, these two young men have something to say and sing about."
- Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Everything Sundry Music Blog
"They are to argyle sweater vests what Michael Jackson was to white gloves."
- Kevin Coughlin, MorristownGreen.com