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Tuesday, 14th January 2020

Kevin’s first children’s book explores the realms of sounds and music

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Drogheda man Kevin Branigan at the launch of his first book for children,  JP Baedeker and the Tale of the Magic Kitchen Dresser, at Drogheda Library. 

Drogheda man Kevin Branigan launched his first book for children recently at Drogheda Library. Called JP Baedeker and the Tale of the Magic Kitchen Dresser, it is a fun story about a baby who is fascinated by sounds, noise and music that surround him. For JP, every sound is musical.

Illustrated by local artist John Moloney, the book is ideal for children from two years upwards. Ideally read aloud to young children, the book is also an enjoyable read for grown-ups and youngsters.

Kevin, a native of Drogheda, teaches music and singing as well as languages. He hopes the book will awaken young readers to music and rhythm and potentially to playing an instrument.

This is Kevin’s first story for children. In it he hopes to engage both adults and children in enjoying the sounds that surround us as well as developing a curiosity about music and instruments of all types.

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Kevin has trained in music teaching for early years at the National Concert Hall and is a member of folk groups Reynardine and Sunday’s Gate Quartet.

Previous publications and CDs from Kevin include Radio Beckett (Peter Lang Publishers), The Hare’s Dream by Reynardine, Threads of Fine Gold (Songs from the 2013 Drogheda Singing Gathering) and Ceangailt Chlainne: Singing Families from County Louth.

JP Baedeker and the Tale of the Magic Kitchen Dresser is available at

A typical page from the book.


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