The best of Chappy musician and farmhand Kevin Keady

The best of Chappy musician and farmhand Kevin Keady

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Folksinger, songwriter, and self-described farmhand Kevin Keady has relied on the Chappy Ferry for the 17 years he has lived and worked on the Pimpneymouse Farm on Chappaquiddick.

The ferry gets him to and from his music gigs. He lives in an old hunting shack without indoor plumbing on an island that doesn’t have a bridge and doesn’t even have cable. He fishes, swims, and uses his sweat lodge when he isn’t working the farm or playing his guitar. He says it’s paradise.

A new CD of his music was released last month called “The Best of Kevin Keady.” It includes songs he has written and sung over the last 15 years. He is backed up by a host of Vineyard musicians, including Mike Benjamin, Mike Tinus, Judd Fuller, and Jeremy Berlin. Many of his songs are humorous takes on social and political issues. aboveground Records proprietor Michael Barnes calls him “Chappaquiddick’s finest.”

One of the newer songs on the CD is a light, funny, tune with a Caribbean rhythm called “One Way Home (The Chappy Ferry Song).” It was written for Chappy Ferry owner Peter Wells and is also included on a DVD that is bundled with the Tom Dunlop and Alison Shaw book, “The Chappy Ferry Book.”

Mr. Keady’s CDs are available at aboveground Records in Edgartown or through Mr. Keady if you email him at kevin@kevinkeady.com.