A brief his­tory of Kilkenny Krew

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial -

Blaine Lambe and Leigh Brock­erville formed Kilkenny Krew in St. John’s in 1998.

Ac­cord­ing to Brock­erville, he and Lambe found them­selves to­gether in the city at the same time.

Brock­erville had grad­u­ated high school in Lawn and had moved to St. John’s to con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion. Lambe had re­cently moved back to the province from Al­berta.

They be­gan play­ing to­gether, fre­quently at Henry’s Haven, a venue owned by Lawn na­tive Jimmy Rogers.

Ac­cord­ing to Brock­erville, one by one bass player Reg Ed­wards, also from Lawn, in­stru­men­tal­ist Al Samms and drum­mer Kurt Bam­bury came on board to round out the orig­i­nal lineup. Lambe had pre­vi­ously played in Voice Versa with Ed­wards and Samms.

Shortly af­ter so­lid­i­fy­ing the five-piece lineup, the band en­tered the stu­dio with Ray Lake, a St. Lawrence na­tive, to record their self-ti­tled al­bum, re­leased in 1999. It con­tains 13 tra­di­tional New­found­land/ Ir­ish songs, five sang by Brock­erville, five sang by Lambe, one sang by Samms and two jigs.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences of my life,” Brock­erville says, of record­ing the al­bum.

Ed­wards says the CD sold about 10,000 copies over a long pe­riod of time.

Find­ing one up for sale these days is a tough task, how­ever.

“I have a few copies, but they’re very lim­ited,” Ed­wards said, not­ing he kept the 10,000th copy for a dis­play he has for him­self.

Brock­erville left the group in 2003. Ed­wards, Samms and Bam­bury con­tin­ued on for a few more years with the band be­fore also leav­ing. Af­ter their de­par­ture, Lambe brought in other mu­si­cians and kept the name.

The orig­i­nal lineup re­united on a few spe­cial oc­ca­sions in the past cou­ple of years, ac­cord­ing to Brock­erville.

Kilkenny Krew trav­elled ex­ten­sively through­out the province dur­ing their hey­day as a band and were among the best-known tra­di­tional New­found­land/Ir­ish groups on the is­land dur­ing that pe­riod.

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