It's another massive big deal for the Downton Abbey and Tudors star...
Maria Doyle Kennedy has bagged a starring role in Outlander, the hugely successful time-travelling US romantic drama, which has made a global superstar out of former Monaghan model – and Hot Press fan! – Caitriona Balfe.
Maria, whose own acting CV includes Orphan Black, Titanic, Downton Abbey, Dexter and The Tudors, will play Jocasta, the auntie of male lead, Jamie.
Season Four of the yarn, which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series, commenced this week in Scotland.
On the musical front, Maria has just released her new self-titled album, which will be reviewed in the next issue of Hot Press.
“Mostly the songs come from my efforts to explain the world to myself, a thing I sometimes find difficult or confusing,” she says of the collection. “I don't worry when I'm singing, more than that, I don't think when I'm singing, I just sing. I trust the songs. They make things clearer for me.”
Maria Doyle Kennedy and an acoustic Heathers join forces next month for a country estate tour that takes them to the Wineport Lodge, Athlone (September 4); Ice House, Ballina (5); Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny (7) and The Grainstore, Ballymaloe House, Cork (8).Read More
She'll play the Pepper Canister Church.Read More
Maria Doyle Kennedy live at Vicar StreetRead More
Having just released her fifth album, the stunning Sing, Maria Doyle Kennedy chills out and reflects on where it all went right.Read More
Her next project will be based on the Irish author's writing.Read More
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Rónán Ó Snodaigh gave an epic four-hour performance against the backdrop of the Ballykeeffe rock face at the final summer concert of Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre in KilkennyRead More
Join Maria Doyle Kennedy for her amphitheatre performanceRead More
The shows coincide with the release of new single ‘Am I Choosing Right’.Read More
She is Carlow-bound this spring.Read More
Avant-folk Appalachian masterpiece from MDKRead More
She also has a new John Prine, Damien Rice & Paul Brady-assisted album on the way.Read More
She's playing an Irish nanny hired to look after the anti-hero's son.Read More
The Irish singer will reschedule dates once the dreaded ash clearsRead More
Maria Doyle Kennedy was the first act to play Jackson's Friday Night Music Club in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal last month.Read More
Meteor Music Award nominee Maria Doyle Kennedy is finally giving a full release to her 2005 Skullcover album, which has previously only been available through her website.Read More
Motherhood has done little to diminish maria doyle kennedy‘s snarling rock chick attitude. Here, she talks about censorship, Chuck Palahniuk and how she’s managed to balance music with big-league acting.Read More
Its industrial swamp rock production is also largely unrepresentative of the rest of the album, but Mütter is full of meticulous attention to sonic detail.Read More
Having already garnered a Hot Press single of the fortnight accolade for the wonderfully titled 'Fuckability', Maria Doyle Kennedy has announced a tour to support her new album.Read More
Always one of our more sensual performers, Maria Doyle Kennedy’s return is still a touch disarming and one not likely to help her reintroduce her musical skills on a widespread level. Still, if Ms. Kennedy herself isn’t bothered then let’s not worry ourselves. ‘Fuckability’ is a hell of a record, full of hazy effects and deep and dirty sounds. Buried somewhere amongst it all is still one of the finest voices this country has ever produced and one that is obviously not averse to taking more chances than most of her contemporaries. Best thing she’s ever done by a mile.Read More
Maria Doyle-Kennedy has confirmed the May 18 release of Mutter, her new solo album, which is trailed on April 27 by the radio unfriendly ‘Fuckability’.Read More
Maria Doyle Kennedy is among the Irish actors lined up to star in a major new TV series being filmed in the country.Read More
Beth Orton, Gemma Hayes and PJ Harvey among contributors to Sirens anthologyRead More
Don't let the tulle threads fool you - there’s a flinty edge in Maria Doyle-Kennedy's delivery that's far closer to Patti Smith or Marianne Faithful than any of the '90s vintage Lainey Keogh-goes-to-Lilith songbirdsRead More
With a large cast of players, the sound is full and lush and Maria’s voice is still a wondrous thing to beholdRead More