2001

Boz Boorer & Friends

Boz  Boorer has reformed the same band that performed at Kilkenny last year with addition of Sean MacGloin on fiddle. After Boz’s world tour last year with Morrissey he has been writing & working in his studio. He is performing a solo show in Hollywood& Dublin bringing all the different styles of music he is involved with together for

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Geoff Muldaur

He came out of the burgeoning rock scene in the Boston area in the early 1960s. In a musical career that spans three and a half decades, Geoff Muldaur has generally not strayed far from the blues. Geoff explores some of the early blues traditions with a healthy dose of eclecticism thrown in.

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The Gordons

It’s mountain music at it’s best. It’s old time bluegrass music sung simply and honestly. Fronted by husband and wife team, Roberta and Gary, the Gordons have the cream of bluegrass pickers. With a combination of straight-ahead bluegrass numbers and country tunes, the Gordons will  appeal to a wide spectrum of fans.

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Grand Drive

Picture the Flying Burrito brothers meets the Beach Boys, they even have brothers named Wilson in the band. Tunes of romance and adventure mixed in with melancholy and redemption.  While the uninformed sought to pigeonhole these pluckers of the celestial heartstrings as rock pedestrians, Danny and Julian Wilson were busy conjuring the single most enchanting album of the

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Kristi Rose & her Nashville Gang

Kristi’s brand of pulp country has made fans of her music wherever she plays. She’s Ellie May of the Beverley Hillbillies with attitude. Part torch song, part twang and part rockabilly, Kristi Rose will delight and surprise you. It’s steamy hillbilly music.

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Paul Burch and his Nashville Friends

Paul Burch plays with Lambchop and fronts his own band, the WPA Ballroom. For Kilkenny, he’ll be backed by some of the coolest people in Nashville, Jason Ringenberg, Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin (of Dead Reckoners fame). His third album, Blue Notes is released on Scottish label Spit & Polish. Nashville music the way it used to sound.

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Jason Ringenberg

The Godfather of alternative country music, Jason & The Scorchers stormed Nashville and the rest of the world with their frenzied take on country music. Jason new’s album on Independent Records is A Pocketful of Soul, it’s a stripped down, soulful album and his live shows are still wild and wonderful events.

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Marah

They have the rare, undeniably cool swagger of a genuine rock ‘n’ roll band. David Fricke described their sound in Rolling Stone as “what Exile on Main Street might have been if the Stones had made it on a Folkways Records budget.” One of Steve Earle’s favourite bands.

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Sean Keane

Though best known as a traditional singer, he successfully mixes country, blues and pop songs. From Co. Galway, Sean`s musical background is impeccable. He is a member of one of Ireland’s most celebrated musical families, with a long tradition of music and singing on both sides. He has recently released The Best of Sean Keane on

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Chris Thomas King

He was in O Brother Where Art Thou, the Coen Brothers’ movie as the Robert Johnson character. A critically acclaimed bluesman, King has consistently been ahead of his time. The New Orleans native is a rocking pop and soul artist with blues roots.

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Ryan Adams

From his beginnings with Whiskeytown on the alternative country label, Bloodshot Records to his recent signing to Universal Records, Ryan Adams is somebody to be reckoned with. His most recent release Heartbreaker has everything from cheeky rockers to textured pop epics to soft spoken and heart broken tomes.

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