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10th Jan 2019

WATCH: Dermot Kennedy’s stunning new video set on the Aran Islands

Dave Hanratty

Dermot Kennedy For Island Fires and Family video

‘For Island Fires and Family’ finally gets a visual.

Dermot Kennedy’s rise continues as 2019 comes into focus.

The Dublin troubadour recently made BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2019 list, as well as being confirmed for Coachella and he has yet further sellout gigs on the home front to look forward to.

Home takes centre stage in his new video, too, with live favourite ‘For Island Fires and Family’ finally receiving a vibrant visual worthy of a song that brings early Bon Iver to mind.

Shot on the island of Inis Mór, the latest promo stands alongside the track as an ode to Kennedy’s aunt, his time spent on the island and family time around her fireplace.

Dermot Kennedy

Director Brendan Canty, who also helmed Hozier’s breakthrough video for ‘Take Me To Church’ back in 2013, said that the shoot was essentially a “dream job” for him.

“The most crucial thing about this video was to convey Dermot’s feelings towards the island as visually as possible,” says Canty, who worked alongside director of photography Colm Hogan, a man who knows the island inside out.

“He’s also the best aerial cinematographer in Ireland so I could not have a better person to work with for this,” adds Canty.

“The footage they captured was just insane and we were blessed with the weather. We happened to get a window of two rain-free days right after a storm, which left behind some especially dramatic skies for us.

“I’m thrilled with the end result. I feel like it captures the wildness of the island through a nostalgic window.”

You can check out the new video below.

Clip via Dermot Kennedy

Images via Christian Tierney

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