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.
"By now a national institution and an international buzz-phrase among the Americana / Roots movement...Ireland’s most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade"...Irish Times
"Like a mini-SXSW without the queuing or taxi-panic"...Maverick Magazine
"The premier alt country and folk-roots festival in this country"...Hot Press