Tributes paid to singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy
Tributes have been paid online to the late Belfast singer/songwriter Martin Christopher 'Bap' Kennedy.
The 54-year-old passed away on Tuesday evening after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
A message posted on his Facebook page read:
The Energy Orchard front-man had finished recording a new album, Reckless Heart, when he was diagnosed with the disease.
Bap revealed his illness on a blog, writing: "I didn't know how many people have been touched by my songs.
"It's breaking my heart to find out now when I have so little time to do anything about it - but I am also very happy to feel the achievement.
"I always wanted people to feel what I feel. The magic of music."
Tributes were paid to the star, who collaborated with Van Morrison and Steve Earle, on social media today.
On Bap Kennedy: "This is such sad news. Bap was an extremely talented and committed songwriter who applied... https://t.co/V7M0IYmTXi— Mark Knopfler (@MarkKnopfler) 2 November 2016
So sad about Bap Kennedy. Massive loss.He was one of the best to ever come out of Belfast. Will be sorely missed by us all.— Ben Glover (@benglovermusic) 2 November 2016
News filtering through to Nashville that Bap Kennedy has passed. Devastated. A gifted artist, emotional songwriter and friend. #bapkennedy— Ralph McLean (@RalphMcLeanShow) 1 November 2016