The Singing Funnyman
Irish tunes and humorous insults join forces at London Bridge.
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Photo: Seamus Kennedy turns London Bridge Pub green.
Seamus Kennedy is a hard man to pigeonhole. Is he a musician, storyteller or comedian? On the phone from his home in Maryland, the performer tries to explain his act.
"I call it interactive, Irish comedy," he says.
In addition to telling jokes and ribbing members of the audience, Kennedy performs traditional Irish songs with his guitar or bodhran, an Irish hand drum. His repertoire of around 900 songs includes serious fare like Pete St. John''s "Dublin In the Rare Old Times," and songs which impart humorous wisdom, like, "Don''t Stick Your Finger Up Your Nose."
Thursday''s performance will be the last of a three-night stint at the London Bridge Pub before Kennedy heads out to Toro Park for the 36th Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival.
So how does an Irishman fare at a Scottish festival?
"We fight over who has the best whiskey, but no blood is shed," he quips.
Seamus Kennedy performs Thursday, July 25, at the London Bridge Pub, Municipal Wharf No. 2 (under Sapporo restaurant), at 8pm. Call 655-2879.