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The Innocent Bystanders were formed in Clonakilty in late 2015, originally to pay tribute to the American legendary singer and songwriter Warren Zevon. Eugene Brosnan and local bassist Martin Kingston both shared a love of the extraordinary, though lesser known artist, they called Stephen Housden (Little River Band) who lives locally, and to their astonishment, Stephen informed them that, not only had he heard of and was a fan of the, sometimes “off the wall” artist, he had in fact played in Zevon’s band! They played their first  gig at Shanley’s in the town, in November 2015.

Jerry Fehily,(Hothouse Flowers), their friend from back in the day, joined sometime later and the four were delighted to be singing and playing these wonderful compositions, on guitars, but were privately, lamenting  the fact that the songs were composed, mainly on piano. They needed a piano player.

Some months later, Ed Kadysewski called to Eugene’s house, to collect his daughter from a play-date and on seeing the piano, he sat and played, “Desperadoes Under the Eaves”, one of Zevon’s great  masterpieces, stunning his host and prompting him to ask of Ed, “hey, do you play in a band?”, to which Ed answered, “No!!!” Eugene, excitedly called the rest of the group and a rehearsal was swiftly underway.

Ed transformed the band overnight, not just adding superb keyboards and vocals to the outfit, but also, completely rearranging most of the songs, bringing the Innocent Bystanders to a whole new level.

Together they  played many gigs throughout west Cork and Cork city, including gigs at the world famous, De Barra’s Folk Club and the ever growing,  Clonakilty International Guitar Festival.

In October 2020, Ed was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. Naturally, his family and friends are devastated with the awful news and are trying to  cope, with the help of IMND,  and the support from each other and from the broader community in Clonakilty , west Cork and beyond.

With all of this in mind, his friends and the band have decided, with the help of De Barras, to put on a music extravaganza at the venue, next Sunday, starting at 3 pm.

The great Hank Wedel and the amazing Fiona Kennedy will take to the stage at this, not to be missed, event, along with Bill Shanley, Justin Grounds, there will be an extremely rare appearance by 80s post punk outfit, Seringetti Long Walk and Sophie Kadysewski, Ed’s daughter, who possesses a beautiful singing voice will also perform on the day.

the Innocent Bystanders, of which Ed is a huge part, had an open-door policy, many singers and musicians have played gigs with the band from time to time and most have confirmed that they will be at De Barras, to join in this musical tribute, to their extremely talented friend and bandmate, Ed Kadysewski.

Ed Kadysewski was born in PENNSYLVANIA, in  1956. He studied Broadcasting at Penn Sate University and Film and TV Production at NYU, achieving a Masters of Fine Arts Degree.

After his studies, he became a cameraman at WNBC ,New York, before venturing out on his own, as a self employed Documentary Cinematographer, for films, for Discovery, BBC and Channel 4, among others, filming on almost every continent. In 2000, he moved to Ardfield, Clonakilty, with his wife, Liz Morrissey, from Hospital, Co. Limerick and their three children, Anima (21) Sophie (18) Danae (12).  He took up a teaching post at St. John’s College in Cork, where, until recently he shared his vast knowledge of his subject with the young and upcoming film makers and cinematographers.

Please come out on Sunday, the 1st of May, 3pm to 7pm. De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty to  support this worthwhile event, packed solid with the very best of musical talent around.


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