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Nigel Kennedy presents latest album ‘Shhh!’ with special appearance by Boy George

“I am a natural improviser. I can’t just always stand up and follow a score.” So says Nigel Kennedy, and since first emerging into the public limelight aged 16, the virtuoso violinist has certainly proved that time and again, growing into one of the UK’s finest and most unpredictable musicians, as at home recording Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart as songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Kate Bush.

Nigel Kennedy

His latest album, ‘Shhh!’, released by EMI Classics on May 10, continues Kennedy’s eclectic path. This new collection, recorded as the Nigel Kennedy Quintet, features original Kennedy compositions plus a version of the late Nick Drake’s 1971 song ‘River Man’, with guest vocals by Boy George. The whole project was produced by Paul Inder, son of Motorhead leader Lemmy.

Kennedy will formally unveil the new album at the end of May during ‘Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Weekend’, a bank holiday festival at London’s Southbank Centre celebrating all things Polish which Kennedy is curating.

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  1. Judging by the short music clips on the EMI website, this is going to be an album you don’t want to be without ! I can’t wait to hear the Nigel Kennedy/Boy George version of “River Man”, which is one of my favourite Nick Drake songs.

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