2007

The Sadies

Led by the brothers, Dallas and Travis Good, we are delighted to finally bring the Sadies to Kilkenny for two nights of cowpunk, surf, desert-rock mixed with the odd ballad to let you catch your breath. “The best roots-rollers since early Blasters” Uncut. “Like a surfing cowboy wearing a Nehru jacket, the Sadies’ music blends

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Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

A rock n’roll background, deep fried with an admiration for American roots music and served with the finest of seasonings by legendary studio wizard Paul Q Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, The Pixies) proves a tasty recipe. Borges’ debut, Silver City, has just enough spice to make you sit up straight and enough heartfelt emotion to

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Richmond Fontaine

With an acclaimed new album, “Thirteen Cities”, just released, Willy Vlautin and the full Richmond Fontaine return to Kilkenny. Willy will also be reading from his first novel, “The Motel Life.”

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Mark Eitzel

Founder of the legendary American Music Club, Mark is another artist making his first visit to Kilkenny. The band reformed in 2003 and released what was described as their best ever record, Songs for Patriots, with rave reviews from Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone and many others. He continues to release solo albums, the most recent

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Dan Arborise

“Breathtaking”, “hypnotic”, “A masterpiece” were just some of the words used in reviews of Dan’s first album, Around In Circles, last year. ‘this is a debut album that instantly allows Dan Arborise to pull up a chair alongside the likes of Jose Gonzalez and James Yorkston.’ THE WORD

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Po'Girl

Po‘Girl bring their mix of folk, country, jazz and punk to Ireland for the first time. Featuring Trish Klein (Be Good Tanyas) in their ranks they play instruments as diverse as banjo, clarinet, harmonica, and mandolin, combined with three outstanding vocalists and tight harmonies. “The result is music that first catches your ear then rips

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Bob Frank and John Murry

“World Without End”, their first album together has just been released on Decor Records. It is a collection of ten murder ballads co-written by Bob Frank and John Murry that was produced by Tim Mooney of American Music Club and mastered by Matt Pence of Centromatic. Bob Frank released his first album on the Vanguard label in

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Patricia Vonne

Mixing no nonsense rock n’roll with a touch of flamenco, Patricia brings a slice of authentic Austin, Texas to the festival. “Imagine a young Chrissie Hynde fronting the Mavericks with a little help from Calexico.” (Word magazine).

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Ollabelle

The group originally grew out of an informal assemblage of singers and players who came together to play traditional gospel songs at a weekly jam in New York. Woodstock-bred Amy Helm (daughter of Levon) had a long history singing in blues combos. Byron Isaacs had worked as bassist with a variety of artists while pursuing

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Magnolia Electric Co.

The Songs:Ohia project, led by Jason Molina, developed into his new band, Magnolia Electric Co in 2003. Comparisons are made with everyone from Bonny Prince to Neil Young and Crazy Horse. The reality is that Magnolia Electric Co occupy their own unique musical niche and audiences can experience this for two nights in Kilkenny. “Molina’s

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Tim O'Reagan

Jayhawk’s member and Lost Highway recording artist Tim O’Reagan has stepped up from sideman to singer-songwriter with his self-titled solo debut, an album filled with melodic and bittersweet tunes. “With hazy hooks that land somewhere between Rubber Soul and New Morning, along with dashes of Jimmy Webb and Nilsson, almost anything here would have benefited the

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Willie Nile

Willie released two albums on Arista records in the 80’s and he also opened the Who’s North American tour at the personal request of the band. Record company problems kept him out of the limelight, but he made a triumphant return with “Streets of New York” released in Ireland in 2006. Comparisons range from Dylan

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