Maine fiddler Owen Kennedy is a seventeen-year-old award-winning musician whose love of traditional music and enthusiasm for performing has captivated audiences from San Diego to the Shetland Islands and all over New England. Owen is the 2022 New England Regional Open Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2021 Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and won the 2021 Young Stars of Maine "Glenn Jenks Future in Music" prize from Bay Chamber Music School. As an emerging musician rooted in the Maine Maritime tradition and immersed in his growing passion for Scottish music, Owen’s powerful playing can capture the melancholy of a Scottish air, mimic the sound of pipes in a march, or drive a good ol’ New England contradance tune.
Owen's first album Oh When: Now will be out this April! It's an all-Maine project, recorded with Owen Marshall & Noah Fishman, mastered by Lincoln Clapp, with album design by Elsie Gawler and duplication from Crooked Cove. Owen's teacher (honorary Mainer) Seán Heely adds fiddle to a track that includes his original tune, Beinn Hòb.
Owen is also wrapping up a solo project, 50 Fiddlers from 50 States, this spring before heading up to Cape Breton to attend the Beinn Mhàbu Gaelic Foundations: Living Cultures program for his first year of university in fall 2023.
Until then he can be found attending festivals & camps in New England and beyond as well as performing in Maine and Vermont this spring and summer!
Watch this space for album release events coming soon!!