2015

Sons of Bill

What makes Sons of Bill so great is their ability to be so unabashedly at home with themselves in a time when some roots bands feel like they are trying a little bit too hard, and rock and roll bands are starting to feel desperately over-conceptualized. Maybe that’s part of playing music with your brothers:

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Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs derives its moniker from its harmonica-blastin’ frontman. The  trio has taken the music scene by storm, with alarms sounding throughout the American East Coast and reverberating across the globe, as they cut  directly into the meat of real music—from the hip and to the heart.

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The Rails

English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne have reached deep into their rich musical histories to concoct the kind of sharp, true folk rock blend rarely heard since the Seventies. The Rails debut album Fair Warning is a little wonder, packed with traditional and original songs that stand outside of time yet resonate with

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Sunday School Sessions

The Sunday School Sessions is a new music collective, gathering together members of Hidden Highways, The Ambience Affair, Master & Dog and The Crayon Set. New original songs are mixed with some very old tunes and some contemporary songs get the old-time treatment.

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I Draw Slow

I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. The five have created a new sound, rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. However, this is a whole new songbook of stories and melodies.

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Im With Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O Donovan

Following an impromptu joint performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, three of the hottest rising stars in contemporary US roots music – ex-Nickel Creek singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, multi-talented prodigy Sarah Jarosz and ex-Crooked Still vocalist Aoife O’Donovan – have got together for this tour, promising a mouth-watering feast of radiant voices and

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Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires

Dereconstructed’ is Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires’ debut for Sub Pop Records and was listed at Number 9 on The 154 Best Albums Of 2014–by John Mulvey, Uncut and Number 4 on Paste Magazine, Best Live Acts 2014. “As pure a shot of adrenaline as a guitar band will release this year….. a

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Calexico

A big welcome back to Calexico, who have gone on to worldwide acclaim since appearing at the festival back in 1999. Joey Burns says about  their new album, Edge Of The Sun:  “All in all, this album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going

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Cale Tyson

Cale Tyson is a singer and songwriter from Nashville and was recently listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” Tyson’s latest CD, Introducing Cale Tyson’ is a beautiful collection of songs that continue the legacy of some of the legendary songwriters whose music he first

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Peter Bruntnell

NME claimed that “Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools” and with 9 studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way (including Rumer, REM’s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and more recently John Murry) he has recently released a career retrospective

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Ryan Boldt

Ryan, singer and songwriter in The Deep Dark Woods, brings his new solo project to Kilkenny. He’s driven by influences like Shirley Collins, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Bob Dylan, and The Stanley Brothers, but even as he mines the past, he’s not trying to contemporize these sounds. He just happens to be making newly recorded

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Kacy & Clayton

Kacy & Clayton perform songs from their latest album, The Day is Past and Gone, which features adaptations of traditional folk songs made popular by the likes of Shirley Collins, Lead Belly, and Sandy Denny. The album was produced by Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods – a band which also features Clayton Linthicum

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