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Tragic Bap Kennedy's final album to hit shops next month

By Steven Alexander

The last album recorded by Bap Kennedy before his death is set to be released next month and will be a fitting honour to his legacy, friends have said.

Bap died earlier this month after a courageous five-month battle against cancer.

The 54-year-old, from west Belfast, had just finished recording Reckless Heart when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May this year.

A former frontman of Energy Orchard, Kennedy had worked with superstars including Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler and Steve Earle.

Travis Hill, the founder and owner of Last Chance Records, has previously described Reckless Heart as "the culmination of a lifetime of refining the craft of songwriting".

"Bap Kennedy delivers nothing less than a timeless album that captures the songwriter at his peak," he added.

Yesterday, on the singer's Facebook page, the album release date was revealed.

"Friends, as you may have already been aware, Bap, Brenda and the rest of the team at Lonely Street Records, our label partners at Last Chance & At The Helm, and many others have all been working hard towards the release of Bap's latest record Reckless Heart," a post read.

"We all wanted so much for Bap to see his latest record released, but unfortunately that wasn't to be.

"We are all in agreement that one of the best ways of honouring Bap's legacy is to continue to move forward with the release of Reckless Heart at the earliest opportunity.

"Therefore we can confirm that the album will now be available in the UK/Ireland on December 2.

"The US release is January 27 2017 - this date will also see a vinyl edition available worldwide.

"Thank you so much for the kind messages of support received over the past days - it has been greatly appreciated."

Bap had been estranged from his brother and fellow singer Brian, but they were reunited over the summer.

Brian was also diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

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