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19th ROOTS FESTIVAL 2016

Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May

www.kilkennyroots.com

Winner of the IMRO  Best Small Live Music Festival 2014 award! 

The Smithwicks Kilkenny Roots Festival will return in 2016 during the May Bank Holiday.

Since 1998 the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including  Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and  Alabama Shakes.

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night.

There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles are catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and beyond.

2016 schedule will appear soon. We look forward to see you there.

Web: www.kilkennyroots.com
Facebook: facebook.com/KilkennyRootsFestival
Twitter: twitter.com/KilkennyRoots
E-Mail: info@kilkennyroots.com
Contact Number: 056 7763669/086 814 6421

 

2016 FEATURED ARTISTS

Richmond Fontaine
After a three year hiatus Richmond will release their new album ‘You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To’  in  March 2016. . Following the release the band will play 2 dates at Kilkenny Roots Festival, the first time for the whole band to get together since 2012.
http://richmondfontaine.com/

Hayes Carll
Hayes Carll’s last album, KMAG YOYO, was the Americana Music Association’s Album Of The Year, as well as making Best Of lists for Rolling Stone, Spin and a New York Times Critic’s Choice. His new album – “Lovers and Leavers”, produced by Joe Henry, is out in April.
http://hayescarll.com/

Ryley Walker
“Walker’s new album, Primrose Green, crests warm currents of jazz, folk and rock as, say, Van Morrison or Tim Buckley did in the period.” 9/10 Uncut. 
http://www.deadoceans.com/press/walkerryley/index.php

The Delta Saints
On The Delta Saints’ new album, Bones,  the Nashville-based band have stripped their roots/blues sound down to its essence, having rearranged the elements into something uniquely their own. The Delta Saints’ second full-length effort explores influences like Jack White, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and Led Zeppelin.
http://www.thedeltasaints.com/

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
Teddy Thompson and acclaimed American singer Kelly Jones release their stunning harmony duet collaboration ‘Little Windows’ on Cooking Vinyl April 1st, 2016.  The album was recorded live to a 16 track tape machine by producer Mike Viola with a crackerjack band featuring Pete Thomas (drums), Davey Farragher (bass), Steve Elliot (guitar), Daniel Clarke (keys) and Teddy Thompson (guitar). Linda Thompson is the executive producer.
http://www.teddythompson.net/

The Weather Station (Tamara Lindeman)
“A stunningly beautiful thing. Lindeman’s voice has acquired a new depth, a smoky, distant, intriguing quality, while both musically and lyrically this is an intricately constructed piece, exacted with a cool gaze and sensuality reminiscent of Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen.” - Laura Barton, The Guardian
http://the-weather-station.com/

Fernando
“He stands in his own class as a singer and songwriter. This new collection of songs, Leave the Radio On, just might be the best thing he has ever done. Expect Americana, expect Psychedelia, expect to be surprised.” – Peter Buck
http://www.fernandoviciconte.com/

Cale Tyson Band
“The music is fabulous, a kind of traditional country with a 21st century twist…just wonderful” BOB HARRIS BBC RADIO 2
http://www.caletyson.net/

Barna Howard
“Mature, timeless songs, with strains of Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine, that could’ve been hauled out of any of the past six decades – a master storyteller.” The Guardian.
http://www.barnahoward.com/

David Corley
“ A warm, engrossing collection of retro country-soul mapped onto the story of his colourful life. There are nods to Van Morrison, the Stones, Dylan and Lou Reed, but Corley carries the album with his honesty and flair.” Irish Times
http://davidcorleymusic.com/

Lewis & Leigh
“Their joint language is a blend of Nashville country and British countryside, plucking from London pop and Motown swing and turning it into sweet, tightly-composed folk.” - ROLLING STONE
http://www.lewisandleigh.com/

Malojian
‘Southlands’ is the second album from Stevie Scullion under the Malojian name. He has been described by Hotpress as “the North’s best songwriter over the last half decade” and “achingly beautiful2 by Q Magazine.
http://malojian.com/

Tim V.Smyth
As a member of Hidden Highways he helped to produce one of the best Irish albums of recent years.  He’s also a member of the Sunday School Sessions and we are glad to welcome Tim back with his new project, The Sky At Night.

John Blek and The Rats
The band released their second album, ‘Borders’,  to huge acclaim in Ireland, UK and Germany in 2015. “ They are the perfect band to take a festival crowd by the scruff of the neck with their tuneful, punky brand of Americana.”    Whisperin and Hollerin (UK).
http://johnblekandtherats.com/

 


Schedule

Friday 29th April

  • 10pm - Cale Tyson Band - Billy Byrnes, John St - €15
  • 10pm - Trad Session - Bollards, Kieran St
  • 10pm - Woodbine - Club House Hotel, Patrick St
  • 10pm - Loudest Whisper - Kilford Arms, John St
  • 10pm - Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules - Langtons, John St
  • 10pm - Lucky Bones - Paris Texas, High St
  • 10pm - Ben Reel - Pumphouse, Parliment St
  • 10pm - Barefoot - Rafter Dempseys, Friary St
  • 10pm - Joe Fury - Shems, John St
  • 10pm - Beef Supreme - The Field, High St
  • 10pm - The Wynntown Marshals - Left Bank, Patrick St
  • 10.30pm - The Midnight Union Band - Ryans, Friary St
  • 10.30pm - The Weather Station - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - €15

 

Saturday 30th April

  • 4pm - The Wynntown Marshals - Biddy Earlys, John St
  • 4pm - Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules - Breathnachs, John St
  • 4pm - Tony McLoughlin Band - Left Bank, Patrick St
  • 4pm - Woodbine - Hotel Kilkenny, College Rd
  • 4pm - Strange Brew - Abbey Bar, Parliment St
  • 4pm - Trouble Pilgrims - Ryans, Friary St
  • 5pm - Ben Reel Band - Langtons, John St
  • 5pm - Psychedelic Pill - Lannigans, Rose Inn St
  • 6pm - Joe Fury - Syd Harkins, Rose Inn St
  • 6pm - The Weather Station - Billy Byrnes, John St - €15
  • 9pm - Ryley Walker - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - €15
  • 9pm - The Delta Saints - Kytelers Inn, Kieran St - €15
  • 9pm - Strange Brew - Christys, Upper Patrick St
  • 9pm - Damien Nolan - River Court Hotel, John St
  • 10pm - Joe Fury - Billy Byrnes, John St
  • 10pm - Tomcat & The Zodiacs - Breathnachs, John St
  • 10pm - Beef Supreme - Brennans, Gaol Rd
  • 10pm - Psychedelic Pill - Club House Hotel, Patrick St
  • 10pm - The Midnight Union Band - Egans, John St
  • 10pm - Acoustic Session - Bollards, Kieran St
  • 10pm - Desert Aces - Kilford Arms, John St
  • 10pm - Loudest Whisper - O’Gormans, John St
  • 10pm - One Horse Pony - Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St
  • 10pm - JD & The Straight Shot - Rafter Dempseys, Friary St
  • 10pm - Ben Reel Band - Shems, John St
  • 10pm - Tony McLoughlin Band - Paris Texas, High St
  • 10pm - Minnie & The Illywhackers - Pembroke Hotel, Patrick St
  • 10pm - The Wynntown Marshals - Pumphouse, Parliment St
  • 10.30pm - Lucky Bones - Ryans, Friary St
  • 11pm - Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules - Cleeres, Parliment St
  • 11pm - Trouble Pilgrims - Kytelers, Kieran St
  • 11pm - John Blek & The Rats - Set Theatre, John St - €10

 

Sunday 1st May

  • 2pm - Barna Howard - Ryans, Friary St - €15
  • 2pm - The Needables - The Playright, High St
  • 4pm - One Horse Pony - Biddy Earlys, John St
  • 4pm - Trouble Pilgrims - Billy Byrnes, John St
  • 4pm - Tony McLoughlin Band - River Court Hotel, John St
  • 4pm - Wynntown Marshals - Ryans, Friary St
  • 4pm - Mongrel State - Cleeres, Parliment St
  • 4pm - Lands End - Pumphouse, Parliment St
  • 4pm - Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules - Left Bank, Patrick St
  • 5pm - Psychedelic Pill - Breathnachs, John St
  • 5pm - Joe Fury - Langtons, John St
  • 5pm - Ben Reel Band - Lannigans, Rose Inn St
  • 5pm - Fernando Viciconte - Billy Byrnes, John St - €15
  • 6pm - Blood Red Mountain Band - Christys, Upper Patrick St
  • 6pm - Loudest Whisper - Syd Harkins, Rose Inn St
  • 6pm - Strange Brew - The Field, High St
  • 10pm - One Horse Pony - Bollards, Kieran St
  • 10pm - Lands End - Breathnachs, John St
  • 10pm - Lucky Bones - Brennans, Gaol Rd
  • 10pm - Loudest Whisper - Egans, John St
  • 10pm - Barefoot - Hotel Kilkenny, College Rd
  • 10pm - Strange Brew - Kilford Arms, John St
  • 10pm - Mongrel State - Matt The Millers, John St
  • 10pm - The Needables - O’Gormans, John St
  • 10pm - Psychedelic Pill - Paris Texas, High St
  • 10pm - Joe Fury - Pumphouse, Parliment St
  • 10pm - Tony McLoughlin Band - Rafter Dempseys, Friary St
  • 10pm - The Savage Jim Breen - River Court Hotel, John St
  • 10pm - Desert Aces - Shems, John St
  • 10pm - Blood Red Mountain Band - Pembroke Hotel, Patrick St
  • 10pm - Woodbine - Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd
  • 10pm - Bobbie Carey - Abbey Bar, Parliment St
  • 10pm - Gavin Povey & The Oke She Mokes She Pops - Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St
  • 10.30pm - Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules - Billy Byrnes, John St
  • 10.30pm - The Wynntown Marshals - Cleeres, Parliment St
  • 10.30pm - Minnie & The Illywhackers - Marble City Bar, High St
  • 11pm - JD & The Straight Shot - Kytelers Inn, Kieran St
  • 11pm - Ben Reel - Ryans, Friary St
  • 11pm - The Delta Saints - Set Theatre, John St - €15

 

Monday 2nd May

  • 3pm - The Midnight Union Band - Rafter Dempseys, Friary St
  • 4pm - Deep Down Detox - Ryans, Friary St
  • 4pm - David Corley - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - €15
  • 7.30pm - The Barflies - Ryans, Friary St
  • 10pm - Barefoot - Marble City Bar, High St