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Pumphouse | Sun May 3rd | 6.00pm

 Cleeres | Mon May 4th | 4.00pm

The Rails are running. English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne have reached deep into their rich musical histories to concoct the kind of sharp, true folk rock blend rarely heard since the Seventies. Produced with indie legend Edwyn Collins and featuring folk frontierswoman Eliza Carthy on fiddle, The Rails debut album Fair Warning is a little wonder, packed with traditional and original songs that stand outside of time yet resonate with contemporary urgency. Recognising perfection when they hear it, Island records have revived their vintage Pink Label for the duo, home to John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention. 

Billy Byrnes | Fri May 1st | 10.00pm

The Sunday School Sessions is a new music collective that grew from conversations between several musicians from different bands, wanting to record some folk and country tunes in homage to the old records that had inspired them over the years.

Billy Byrnes | Sun May 3rd | 5.00pm

Irresistible songs, joyful performances and a passion for tradition - I Draw Slow coaxes the past into the present with original tunes that draw from the best of Irish and American folk music.The Irish quintet uses strings and vocals to create what has been described as a brand new sound, a “fully natural evolution” (Bluegrass Today U.S.) of Appalachian music and Irish traditional song writing.

Cleeres | Sat May 2nd | 8.00pm SOLD OUT

Cleeres | Sun May 3rd | 1.00pm SOLD OUT

The Barr Brothers Biography (in 3 acts)

'What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.'  -Werner Herzog

Pumphouse | Mon May 4th | 1.00pm

Kytelers | Mon May 4th | 9.00pm

From the esteemed Norton Records label comes one of the wildest and most exciting groups of the current roots and blues revolution. Daddy Long Legs-named for its harp-blowing, blues-bellowing frontman, is a blues hollerer who blurs any definition by age or color. He growls, barks, yelps, and wails without sounding like an imitation of anyone or anything. This is simply pull-the-cord-and-let-the-snot-fly blues.

Ryans | Fri May 1st | 9.00pm

Billy Byrnes | Sat May 2nd | 6.00pm

Nashville-based Eef Barzelay is the frontman for Clem Snide, an alt-country/indie band that issued a handful of records in the '90s and 2000s, as well as provided the theme music for the television show Ed. Barzelay formed the band in 1991 and briefly disbanded it in 1994.

Cleeres | Fri May 1st | 10.30pm SOLD OUT

Kytelers | Sat May 2nd | 8.00pm

“We’re convinced that there’s a cadence to the murmurs in the dark,

rapt in patient arbitration, between our weary head and heart,
til’ our spirits cease their raging in the silence of the night,
we’ll look for love and logic in the dying of the light. ”Sons of Bill, “Hymnsong”

Set Theatre | Sat May 2nd | 10.00pm

Kytelers | Sun May 3rd | 8.30pm

What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that’s what.

Watergate Theatre | Sun May 3rd | 7.30pm

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan announce their European "I'M WITH HER" tour 18th April – 5th MAY, 2015. Thr tour features all three artists performing together.

All mainstays of the acoustic, folk and roots world, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan crossed paths many times throughout their careers. So, it comes as no surprise that – after an impromptu performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival – the pieces fell into place for these three acclaimed musicians to collaborate.


Set Theatre | Sunday May 3rd | Doors 10.00pm

Calexico, a Tucson collective of musicians focused around Joey Burns and John Convertino, forged an eclectic identity through their exploration of Southwestern culture. Composer Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Westerns as well as Portuguese fado, Afro-Peruvian music, and '50s and '60s jazz, country, and surf music all factored into Calexico's music. Burns studied classical music at the University of California, Irvine, before starting his rock career, and Calexico formed after Burns met John Convertino in Los Angeles in 1990.

Cleere’s | Sat May 2nd | 1.00pm

Ryans | Sun May 3rd | Doors 7.00pm

For years, haunting ballads and rousing stompers that sound like they’ve been pulled from the darkest depths of history have become the bread and butter for Saskatchewan quintet Deep Dark Woods.

Ryans | Sat May 2nd | Doors 7.00pm

Pumphouse | Sun May 3rd | 3.00pm

In recent decades, too many folk songs have been burdened by over-sung vocals and cluttered arrangements. Kacy and Clayton restore space to the art form by dealing in subtlety instead of tinsel. Their arrangements employ minimal ornamentation.

Billy Byrnes | Fri May 1st. | 7.30pm

Pumphouse | Sat May 2nd. | 4.00pm

Cale Tyson is a singer, songwriter and guitar player from Nashville, Tennessee. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound.

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About Kilkenny Roots Festival

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.


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