2002

The Boz Boorer Band

Boz  Boorer has reformed the same band that performed so memorably at Kilkenny last year. Primarily known as Morrissey’s guitarist and British rockabilly Godfather, we’ve called him the heart and soul of the Festival for years, the only performer to have been invited back every year since this Festival started five years ago. Now it’s time

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Sonny George

Country/rockabilly legend Sonny makes a welcome return to Kilkenny. His latest album was recorded at the Tennessee State Penitentiary For Women, with all the mayhem that entailed.  It’s goodtime hillbilly music from the Stetsoned Son of Satan himself.

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Thea Gilmore

Drawing inspiration from a song writing lineage which includes Bob Dylan and the 1960s folk/protest movement, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello and Paul Westerberg, Thea Gilmore’s commitment is to the song and to the impulses which made it worth writing in the first place: her  mission statement is to deliver the material faithfully and free from what she

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Peter Case

Case was a founder member of the renowned band, The Plimsouls, a roots-conscious power pop band. Since then, he has been on a journey which has led him from busker to folk singer  all over the world. His latest album is Flying Saucer Blues, which is a nod of recognition to the old rockabilly roadhouses of

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The Cash Brothers

Gently buzzing balm for the mind, the Cashes’ music borrows from pop, country, and guitar rock, but spawns its own moody character. These siblings sing like post-punk Everlys.

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Mary Gauthier

“Lord knows how many dead dogs she’s had, but at a glance, Mary Gauthier’s background qualifies her for country diva status, if the smoky, been-there voice and credible songs (accompanied by acoustic guitar and skilful session band including cowboy male choir) already didn’t. Her second album deserves the accolades her US debut received. Memorable and engaging.” –

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C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band

Straight from the steamy swamplands of Louisiana, Zydeco superstar C. J Chenier’s music has always embraced the tradition of his famous father, Clifton Chenier, but he continues to push the boundaries of Zydeco  bringing it to a wider audience. It’s bayou dance music with infectious energy.

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Tom Russell

Tom Russell & Andrew Hardin w/ special guest Mary Gauthier. One of the great American folk-heroes, from his beginnings with Ian and Sylvia to his work with Dave Alvin. He’s also recorded with  Iris DeMent and Dolores Keane but it’s in his work with Andrew Hardin that he came into his own. Tom Russell captures the essence of Americana -he

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Scott Miller And The Commonwealth

Scott Miller And The Commonwealth play loud, roughshod rock n’roll, with a bittersweet edge to it. Starting out in Steve Earle favourites, the V-Roys, Scott has now launched into a solo career that’s seen him tipped as this year’s Ryan Adams. Thus Always To Tyrants, his latest album showcases what a true and original talent Scott

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Tim O’Brien And The Crossing

Tim is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass and folk.  As co- founder and lead vocalist of  Hot Rize, Tim  served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass. The Crossing comes from the wellspring of Celtic music and it’s Appalachian and bluegrass descendants. Among the musicians taking

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