The Kilkenny Roots Festival has had a number of slight name changes since 1998, but over the years it has grown to be “The premier alt country and folk-roots festival in this country”.
And why not? Some stellar names have landed in the Marble City in their prime and pre-hyped careers. Last year’s headliners Calexico are renowned, as too are acts like Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes.
Kilkenny itself lends a big helping hand in the layout of the city, offering many saloon styled bars and venues that make gigs intimate and unforgettable. Cleere’s Theatre, The Set Theatre, and many more cater for all kinds of gig goers. Whether it is a ticketed gig or a Music Trail, you would be hard pushed not to find something that tickles your music radar.
This year the line-up includes Ryley Walker, The Weather Station, John Blek & the Rats, David Corely, plus many more names that make a great mix of Irish and International musicians to convene in a small city in the south-east of Ireland.
Besides the usual festival scribblings you might be used to, one-act to surely note is Richmond Fontaine. The Oregon band who after 14 albums and 22 years together have began to wind down, making Kilkenny Roots Festival one of the last places you are likely to see them before the curtain calls indefinitely.
All this and plenty more to look forward to from 7:30pm on 29 May 2016.