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Ryans | Sun May 3rd | 2.00pm

In 1999 Peter signed to Warner Brothers imprint, Slowriver/ Rykodisc and released ‘Normal For Bridgwater’. This was to be his biggest commercial success and a record that won him wider acclaim in North America. Upon hearing the album, Kathleen Edwards told her producer when recording her debut ‘Failer’ “I want to make an album like this”. Peter struck up a friendship with Son Volt, which resulted in them touring together. It also saw the introduction to Peter’s band of a 17 year-old James Walbourne. As well as playing with Peter, James tours as a member of The Pretenders.

Billy Byrnes | Sat May 2nd | 6.00pm

NME claimed that "Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools" and with 9 studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way (including Rumer, REM’s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and more recently John Murry) it’s about time one of the UK’s most consistent songwriters released a career retrospective.

Ryans | Fri May 1st | 9.00pm SOLD OUT

It’s not easy to hold an unclouded mirror up to the world.  The temptation to fog up truths or angle them in ways that are less painful is nigh irresistible.  To look at things as they are - warts and all, good and bad - requires a brave heart and sturdy constitution.  To then stir that honest stuff into songs that communicate successfully to others is rarer still. 

Pumphouse | Sun May 3rd | 6.00pm SOLD OUT

 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.

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 SOLD OUT

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.

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 | Sun May 3rd |  SOLD OUT


Doors 10pm | Support 10.30pm

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 SOLD OUT

Ryans | Sun May 3rd | Doors 7.00pm SOLD OUT

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 SOLD OUT

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.

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Kieran Street,Kilkenny, Ireland. 

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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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