Browsing: The Archive

2006

Hackensaw Boys

Picture it, you’re in Kilkenny and here’s the Hackensaw Boys crammed onto a tiny stage,…

2006

Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood call their music Death Country – dark, gritty folk music built around vocals…

2006

Swank

Vancouver-based Swank perform a genetically modified, all hoedown, alliance of punk and country styles.  It’s…

2006

Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks is one of the more heralded talents in the alternative country movement, displaying…

2005

Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley is one of the last old-time American troubadours.  His range encompasses mountain music, folk, blues,…

2005

Holly Williams

Does the surname seem familiar? It’s true: Hank is her grandfather, Hank Junior her dad,…

2005

Preston Reed

Preston Reed is a guitarist of many parts – so many parts that when he…

2005

Carolyn Mark

Carolyn Mark is a consummate entertainer with a wry stage banter, up til now  perhaps better…

2005

Jesse DeNatale

Jesse DeNatale  is equal parts romantic bard, boxcar storyteller and late-night barroom balladeer. Now Jesse…

2005

Micah P Hinson

With his old friends from Texas , the Earlies, Michah recorded his debut album with lush…

2005

Ben Weaver Band

Ben spins eerily comforting Northern Gothic yarns, stuck with pitchforks and tinged with black humour.…

2005

Eliza Gilkyson

The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew…

2005

The Czars

The Czars rise above musical fads and trends in their search for something richer and more…

2005

Entrance

Entrance is the public title for the music of Guy Blakeslee , a 22-year-old guitarist,…

2005

The Hacienda Bros

The Hacienda Bros are fronted by two living legends, Dave Gonzalez and Chris Gaffney. Gonzalez is…

2005

Two Cow Garage

Two Cow Garage hail from Columbus, Ohio . Among many locals, Columbus is known as “Cowtown.” Like their…

2005

The Waifs

The Waifs have been doing their thing for a decade now, and it finally looks…

2005

Patrick Street

Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Jackie Daly, John Carty and Ged Foley – collectively known as…

2005

Ray LaMontagne

The story goes that Ray was a recluse living in a log cabin in Maine when…

2005

Son Volt

Son Volt is Jay Farrar’s popular rock band persona.. “Son Volt represent a certain spirit…

2004

Richmond Fontaine

Richmond Fontaine have met a lot of shady characters; meth freaks, alcoholics, gun-wielding insomniacs. With…

2004

Rosie Thomas

An unassuming treasure: quietly affecting songs filled with yearning, questing nostalgia. Touring and recording hasn’t…

2004

Laura Veirs

Seattle-based singer who combines accomplished songwriting with elements of bluegrass and experimental music. A prolific writer…

2004

Caitlin Cary

USA Today’s Brian Mansfield says “Ryan Adams isn’t the only talented alumnus of alternative-country’s deities…

2004

Big Sandy and his Flyrite Boys

On their first visit to Ireland, please welcome  Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, America’s premier specialist rockabilly/hillbilly…

2004

Kelly Joe Phelps

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps raises the musical bar with  his singular guitar sound, soulful vocals…

2004

Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar is seen as the godfather of alt country – otherwise known as Americana…

2004

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Swing, Hot Jazz, Hot Club! Jools Holland faves, the globe-trotting Hot Club of Cowtown…

2004

Terry Allen

Texan legend Terry Allen is one of the foremost exponents of the progressive movement in contemporary…

2003

Jeff Finlin

American songwriter currently residing in Nashville, he’s inspired by the Beat Poets. Jeff Finlin comes from…

2003

Greg Trooper

Greg Trooper is one of the best-kept secrets in Nashville these days. As  diverse a  group as Steve Earle,…

2003

Blue Moon Boys

From Fort Wayne, Indiana,  this is high octane rockabilly, rooted in the fifties sound and equally loved by…

2003

Paul Burch

A warm welcome back to Paul who thrilled us in Kilkenny in 2001. Supporting Laura…

2003

Rosie Flores

The Rockabilly Filly has done more for women in rockabilly than anyone since Wanda Jackson.…

2003

Devics’

Los Angeles’ Devics’grand, melancholic ballads are mysterious and ambiguous, not evoking any particular decade nor neatly…

2003

Laura Cantrell

Laura Cantrell has struck a chord with public and critics alike receiving glowing reviews in…

2003

Hem

With a traditional American music but a contemporary aesthetic. The music is lush and full…

2003

The Mendoza Line

Songwriters Timothy Bracy and Peter Hoffman brought together a love of Replacements era punk, traditional…

2003

Josh Rouse

Kurt Wagner of Lambchop called him “sublime”; Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies said he was…

2002

The Boz Boorer Band

Boz  Boorer has reformed the same band that performed so memorably at Kilkenny last year. Primarily…

2002

Sonny George

Country/rockabilly legend Sonny makes a welcome return to Kilkenny. His latest album was recorded at…

2002

Thea Gilmore

Drawing inspiration from a song writing lineage which includes Bob Dylan and the 1960s folk/protest movement,…

2002

Peter Case

Case was a founder member of the renowned band, The Plimsouls, a roots-conscious power pop…

2002

The Cash Brothers

Gently buzzing balm for the mind, the Cashes’ music borrows from pop, country, and guitar…

2002

Mary Gauthier

“Lord knows how many dead dogs she’s had, but at a glance, Mary Gauthier’s background…

2002

Tom Russell

Tom Russell & Andrew Hardin w/ special guest Mary Gauthier. One of the great American folk-heroes, from…

2001

Boz Boorer & Friends

Boz  Boorer has reformed the same band that performed at Kilkenny last year with addition of…

2001

Geoff Muldaur

He came out of the burgeoning rock scene in the Boston area in the early 1960s. In…

2001

The Gordons

It’s mountain music at it’s best. It’s old time bluegrass music sung simply and honestly.…

2001

Grand Drive

Picture the Flying Burrito brothers meets the Beach Boys, they even have brothers named Wilson in the…

2001

Jason Ringenberg

The Godfather of alternative country music, Jason & The Scorchers stormed Nashville and the rest of the…

2001

Marah

They have the rare, undeniably cool swagger of a genuine rock ‘n’ roll band. David…

2001

Sean Keane

Though best known as a traditional singer, he successfully mixes country, blues and pop songs.…

2001

Ryan Adams

From his beginnings with Whiskeytown on the alternative country label, Bloodshot Records to his recent…

2000

Guy Davis

Guy Davis is a bluesman like no other. He has dedicated himself to reviving the…

2000

Peter Bruntnell

He has been described as Britain’s greatest songwriters. His album Normal for Bridgewater has guest appearances from member of alt.…

2000

Juliet Turner

Home-grown talent, a singer with a big future ahead of her. She is one of…

2000

John Stewart

From the  folk/pop Kingston Trio in the 60s to his current cult status, John Stewart has been…

2000

Stacey Earle

With a new album coming out on E-squared Records  in May entitled Dance With Them That Brung…

2000

Holmes Brothers

Soul, gospel, blues, R &B and country gel together in it’s finest incarnation from the…

2000

Giant Sand

Giant Sand is the primary outlet for the stylistic curveballs and sun damaged song-craft of…