guitarist, singer, educator and music producer

"The Salty Diamond" & "Between the Distance

The "Salty Diamond" was recorded in Newport, Kentucky, September 2009, followed by Kevin & Rosie’s second album “Between the Distance” .This album comes from a seemingly unlikely duo, Rosie Carson & Kevin Dempsey, who despite being separated by a generation and the Atlantic Ocean, share a great passion for traditional music from both cultures. Instrumentals, songs, and harmonies are featured on this delightfully simple and inspired debut album that has emerged from many sessions and gigs over the last eight years. 
Kevin, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer is an icon of  British Folk music and has played in some memorable line-ups with Dave Swarbrick, Chris Leslie, Joe Broughton, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Uiscedwr, and Mary Black, (not to mention, those giants of folk music, The Marvelettes, Percy Sledge, Alice Coltrane . . . and more). 
Kevin is renowned for delivering fresh and vibrant arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes and his vocals bring both meaning and feeling to the lyrics.
As a producer, his resume includes "Straws In the Wind", the  CD by folk legends Martin Carthy and Swarbrick.
Rosie enrolled at the Riley School of Irish Music in Cincinnati at age 8 and went on to study fiddle with Seamus Connelly, Liz Carroll, Liz Kane, and Oisin Mac Diarmada. She has won national competitions for both fiddle and voice, which took her to Ireland for world competitions and led to further studies in singing with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Recently, Rosie has been performing and recording with local (Cincinnati) band, The Graveblankets and will be releasing a new CD with them this December. This September, Rosie also performed in New York City with singer Teddy Thompson (son of legendary guitarist, Richard Thompson). Rosie’s playing combines lyricism with dexterity and her voice is captivatingly beautiful.  
This unlikely duo isn't really a coincidence at all. Kevin and Rosie's dad, Steve (who has brought British folk, folk rock, and Celtic music to Cincinnati for 3 decades), have been friends since the early eighties, having met in England during the formation of folk super-group 'Whippersnapper'. Having performed in Cincinnati many times, he has known Rosie (now 20) since her early childhood and followed her progress on fiddle and, more recently, as a singer. 
Rosie and Kevin have played on various  tours in Europe where they also headlined their own shows. Rosie and Kevin played two shows in , Austria before  recording  their second album, "Between the Distance" in the UK & USA  in 2011. In the USA  Rosie has accompanied and sung with many legendary UK folk names on stage  such as Richard & Teddy Thompson.

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