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Carlsberg Kilkenny Rhythm n' Roots Weekend
April 29th-May 2nd 2005
The acclaimed Carlsberg Kilkenny Rhythm n' Roots Weekend will take place
in venues throughout Kilkenny on the May bank holiday weekend, from Friday
29th April through to Monday 2nd May.
In the eight years since it first kicked off, the festival has hosted
many an unforgettable gig by some of the most renowned acts in the world
of roots music. Festival-goers talk of their delight at seeing well-loved
performers play barnstorming shows in the intimate surroundings of the
medieval city's pubs, as well as their surprise and pleasure at discovering
new acts seemingly waiting around every corner to amaze them.
"One of the best coordinated and produced music events anywhere
in the world, attracting the cream of blues, country and folk talent,
irrelevant of birth place" -Mark Philips, Americana UK
"A utopian mix of Americana, alt-country and general roots-based
music" -Gerry Quinn, No Depression.
"An event by and for music fans" -Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish
"Without doubt, three days of heaven on earth" - Colm O'Hare,
"One is caught between the impulse to tell the rest of the world
about it and or keep it as a guilty secret"- Nick Kelly, Billboard.
"The Kilkenny Roots Festival is an incredible festival, the intimacy
of it is something that people should try to replicate around the world"
- Joey Burns, Calexico.
Early booking is advised for all shows and early arrival at all venues
recommended in order to avoid disappointment. Safety capacity restrictions
may apply to smaller venues.
Information and tickets from the
Festival Office, 29 Parliament Street,
Phone 05677 90057.
Fax 05677 90069.
Bands appearing at Kilkenny April 29th to May 2nd 2005:
Son Volt is Jay Farrar's popular rock band persona.. "Son
Volt represent a certain spirit of songwriting with an emphasis on trying
to capture what four musicians playing together can do," says Jay.
He started Son Volt in 1994 after quitting his previous band, the highly
regarded folk-punk band Uncle Tupelo. Ask anyone who was lucky enough
to squeeze into Cicero's Basement Bar in St. Louis in 1989 or the Blue
Note in Columbia. Missouri in 1993 to watch Uncle Tupelo play a show.
Even way back then, Jay Farrar was a riveting live performer.
Th' Legendary Shack * Shakers- The ultimate in demented moonshine-fueled
cowpunk. Think of a hillbilly Ramones, with manic frontman Colonel JD
Wilkes leading his band on an inspired trip into trailer-trash punky tonk
hell. The Colonel has been called "the last great rock 'n' roll front
man" by the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra. Th' legendary Shack * Shakers
started their hell-for-leather Penta-caustic roadshow over two years ago
and the legend continues...(US)
Ray LaMontagne- The story goes that Ray was a recluse living in
a log cabin in Maine when he underwent a sudden conversion to music. He
has been compared to both Van Morrison and Al Green and is well on the
way to becoming a legend. He is a natural-born songwriter who seems to
have fallen out of the skies armed with classic songs sung with raw emotion,
tenderness and joy. (US)
Patrick Street -Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Jackie Daly, John Carty
and Ged Foley - collectively known as Patrick Street - are known throughout
the Irish music world as five of its most brilliant players. On a repertoire
steeped in traditional music, the band's tightly executed arrangements
and unparalleled musicianship know no equal. (IRE)
The Waifs have been doing their thing for a decade now, and it
finally looks like the big time is beckoning for the Australian trio.
The group is known for story songs, folksy acoustic arrangements and easy-swing
vocal harmonies, they opened for Bob Dylan on his recent US tour. ( AUS)
The Hacienda Bros are fronted by two living legends, Dave Gonzalez
and Chris Gaffney. Gonzalez is the singer, songwriter and guitar slinger
from long-running roadhouse rocking blues country combo the Paladins;
Chris Gaffney is ubiquitous in Americana circles, currently playing in
Dave Alvin's band and fronting his own band Cold Hard Facts. Together,
and with several other ace players, they are the Hacienda Bros., a smokin'
honky tonk combo with more than a touch of country soul, making music
they call... Western Soul. (US)
Hayseed Dixie Paraphrasing the album's liner notes " From
the fertile valley of Deer Lick Holler, deep in the heart of Appalachia,
this band of acoustic musicians grew up playing the traditional music
of their forefathers. Then one day, a stranger passed through the holler.
The stranger crashed his car into a stately old oak tree at Devil's Elbow
Curve. Sadly, the stranger expired, but his legacy lives on. For under
the back seat of his car, the boys found some old black vinyl records.
The boys agreed it was some mighty fine country music. So, in memory of
the stranger who had perished the boys set about learning these songs."
The records in the car were by a band called AC/DC. ( US)
The Czars rise above musical fads and trends in their search for
something richer and more enduring. John Grant leads the quest, his rich
baritone voice supported by catchy melodies and layers of vocal harmony.
Fans include ex-cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and the Flaming Lips, who
they've also supported in concert. (US)
Eliza Gilkyson -The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson,
Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in LA. It's folk-roots
music for the 21st century befitting her edgy, intelligent songwriting.
Her lush and passionate voice doesn't pull any punches, in equal parts,
raw, brutal yet delicate. ( US)
Ben Weaver Band- Ben spins eerily comforting Northern Gothic yarns,
stuck with pitchforks and tinged with black humour. His way with words
makes his vivid Americana noir storylines jump to life. "...strange,
skin-prickling tales picked up from the Moebius strip of a lost highway
he's been compelled to travel on.... like a hillbilly Leonard Cohen."-
Sylvie Simmons, MOJO. ( US)
Michah P Hinson- With his old friends from Texas, the Earlies,
Michah recorded his debut album with lush strings, beautiful keyboards
and eerie backdrop harmonised perfectly with Micah's honest and exposed
style. Michah's dark tales of love and loss are matched only by a cracked
vocal and songwriting that belies his mere 22 years. With the simplest
of bittersweet lyrics, he evokes the strongest of emotions. (US)
Jesse DeNatale is equal parts romantic bard, boxcar storyteller
and late-night barroom balladeer. Now Jesse is bringing his compassionate
and hauntingly soulful music to a broader audience. "Now it seems
that all of the best ones have been driven underground. If there is a
leak in the boiler room, it is the music of Jesse DeNatale, a unique and
original American voice" - Tom Waits (US)
John Eddie Band- On his roller coaster of a career so far, John
Eddie has had big breaks, hard luck, new beginnings, false starts to inspire
a boxed set of country songs. He documents all of this on his debut album
for Lost Highway called Who The hell Is John Eddie?, along with dreams,
hopes, wishes, romances and regrets. A southern rock tinged sound backed
by his East Coast rock attitude. (US)mewhere in the middle. Who the Hell,
produced by ex-replacements Jim Dickinson in
Joe Whyte -Combining equal parts folk, pop, rock and Americana,
New Jersey singer/songwriter Joe Whyte makes his first appearance at Kilkenny
in support of his brand-new album, THE LOWER 48. "time-tested melodies..."
(TimeOut NY) (US)
On the roller coaster of his career so far, John Eddie has had
enough Preston Reed is a guitarist of many parts - so many parts that
when he brings them all into play, first-time listeners often find it
hard to believe that they're hearing just one musician, in real time.
Reed is also a player of deep sensitivity who can compose and play a blues
or a ballad with a touch reminiscent of his great jazz piano-playing hero,
Omar and the Stringpoppers - Omar Romero was born in Ensenada,
Mexico and has spent the last couple of years headlining all the major
rockabilly festivals. This guy is dynamite. Expect him to pass through
Kilkenny like a tornado. (US)
The Chris Jagger Trio- Chris presents most of the songs, tells
a few jokes & plays acoustic guitar, harp and washboard while Charlie
Hart moves effortlessly from piano to accordion and fiddle. The guys play
what they love: blues, zydeco, R n' B and rock'n'roll. (UK)
The Ranch House Favorites- From Holland, the band formed in 1992,
influenced by the great western swing bands of the 1940's and 1950's,
this 5-piece outfit achieve a sound that is at once authentic and timeless.
Over the years, the band has grown to become one of the hottest European
retro outfits to burn up a dance floor. (NL)
Spo-Dee-O-Dee- A real discovery, this. A supercharged, authentic
rockabilly/hillbilly quartet from the deep south of.Germany. Their mix
of originals and classic rockabilly stompers is sure to set Kilkenny on
fire. ( GER)
John Lewis's Rock n Roll Trio- Sad as we are to see the demise
of the Rimshots, you can't keep a good man down and John Lewis is back
in Kilkenny, proving once again that you don't have to come from Memphis
to make good rock n roll and Kilkenny will once again ring to the cheer
of lechyd Da! ( Wales)
Ponchartrain - A four-piece outfit fronted by Paul Godden, specialising
in vintage (almost acoustic) country music with Cajun, Tex-Mex and a whole
mess of influences thrown in for good measure. Joining Paul in the line-up
are fellow John Lewis and Mandy Davidson on guitar and vocals and double
bass respectively (not forgetting Paul's wife Jean on fiddle and accordion).
Niall Toner Band - Niall is a long-running stalwart of the Irish
bluegrass scene and an old favourite at Kilkenny. The NTB's debut CD,
There's A Better Way has garnered rave reviews, with Hot Press Magazine
awarding it 9.5 out of 10 ! The NTB run the gamut of acoustic Country
styles, with a mix of striking originals and classic covers, and always
go down a storm. ( Ireland)
Prison Love are a young Dublin-based 8 piece bluegrass group who
label themselves inmates of the Bluegrass Correctional Facility. This
is no conventional bluegrass group, the band members play a variety of
instruments, including guitar, double-bass, mandolin, fiddle, lapsteel,
accordion, mouth-harp, kazoo and washboards. ( Ireland)
Two Time Polka - Based in Cork, this band has a reputation for
turning out great live performances. Their first album "From Pana
to Louisiana", which comes soaked in the humid swamp heat of high
summer Louisiana, received buckets of praise. ( Ireland)
Rough Deal String Band- Appalachian, cajun, traditional American,
Old-time country music and cowboy songs from the Tolka River Delta. What
more could you ask for? ( Ireland)
The Lee Valley String Band- Keeping the bluegrass, old-time mountainy
music flame alive, the Lee Valley String Band make a welcome return to
the festival. ( Ireland)
Two Cow Garage hail from Columbus, Ohio. Among locals, Columbus
is known as "Cowtown." Like their musical cousins, Slobberbone
and The Drive-By Truckers, every show is drenched in sweat and volume
and youth. The trio are raucous and road-hardened with their Southern
Rock meets Alt. Country sound.
Holly Williams- Does the surname seem familiar? It's true: Hank
is her grandfather, Hank Junior her dad, Hank III her half-brother but
Holly Williams is fully her own woman, with her own stories to tell. Her
music doesn't sound of the honky tonks of her grandfather anymore than
it does the outlaw music of her dad. Holly Williams is plowing some far
different musical acreage than her bloodlines might suggest. The influences
of Elliot Smith, Neil Finn and Tom Waits are played out through the maturity
of her own musical tales.
Check out the official site.
For accommodation information, please contact the Kilkenny Tourist Board
on 05677 51500. Or try our hotel and B
& B listings.