2012

Danny & The Champions Of The World

Danny & The Champions Of The World were formed in London during the summer of 2007 by Danny George Wilson, following the dissolution of Grand Drive in which Danny performed with his brother Julian Wilson. The band released their third album, Hearts & Arrows, in 2011, the rockingest waxing the Champs have thus far delivered.

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Dan Baird & Homemade Sin

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin are former Georgia Satellite members Dan Baird, Mauro Magellan and Keith Christo­pher, along with Warner E. Hodges (Jason & The Scorch­ers). Brace yourself for a night of good time rock ’n’ roll. “A long time since people made albums as fun, as strong and as satisfying as this one.” Billboard

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Israel Nash Gripka

His songs are stories and reflections that serve to kick like classic Rock ‘N’ Roll, while pining with the heart of Americana roots, complete with undertones of soul trampled country, and gospel choirs. “A swaggering country rock album that recalls The Rolling Stones’ greatest flirtations with the South’s soul and blues.’ Q Magazine, 4 stars.

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Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger is the current recording name of MC Taylor, also known as Jai ‘Slim’ Diamond, a Californian songwriter whose work is spun from the very brightest threads of the Cosmic American Songbook. Elements of country blues, folk and gospel all shine through a sound described by David Bowie as “Mystical country, an eerie

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Richard Buckner

Rooted in a blend of outlaw country, Americana, and folk, but venturing into experimental and avant garde pastures, Richard Buckner is the sort of singer-songwriter one would expect from Merge Records, who released his long awaited new album “Our Blood” in August 2011. “An album that grows more emotionally astonishing with each play, and, at

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Willy Vlautin & Dan Eccles

Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin and Dan Eccles return to Kilkenny for what promises to be a very special show. As well as performing as a duo they will also share the stage with Richard Buckner. “Willy’s songwriting continues to hit the spot and Dan’s guitar playing keeps getting better and better.” Bob Harris, BBC.

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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play more or less anything they can lay their hands on. Their mu­sical references and skills are rooted in the old tradition where songs and music are handed down. From a young age they have been blowing away and inspiring audiences and have had worldwide success with sold out tours,

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Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots, earning huge acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Alabama Shakes’ style is marked by lead singer Brittany Howard’s powerful vocals, which have been compared to those of Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, and the group’s irresistible energy. Named “2011 New Band of the Year,” by

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Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires voice is distinctly her own. Her Texas twang and fetching vibrato can dance playfully around a melody or haunt a line like a mournful ghost and she deftly employs her fiddle, ukulele and even whistling skills to similar effect. The resulting sound is a beautiful but woozily surrealistic swoon — as well befits

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Rod Picott

Rod has released five solo CDs and a duet album with Amanda Shires, all to excellent reviews. He is known for his narrative melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humourous onstage storytelling. “An album for our times.” 4 stars, Irish Times

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