Josh Rouse

Kurt Wagner of Lambchop called him “sublime”; Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies said he was responsible for making him “fall in love with my record collection all over again”. Since his highly acclaimed  debut, Josh Rouse has been honing his skills as a songwriter, singer and guitar player to play for us in Kilkenny this year.

Buddy Miller and His Band

Well known for his work as lead guitarist with Emmy Lou Harris’ Spyboy and Steve Earle’s Dukes. With his wife, Julie, he was nominated for a Grammy, narrowly edged out by Dylan’s Love and Theft. His fourth album Midnight  & Lonesome guaranteed  “ to garner elicit envious glances from Miller’s peers “ – Uncut. But Buddy’s music […]

The Mendoza Line

Songwriters Timothy Bracy and Peter Hoffman brought together a love of Replacements era punk, traditional country and “Elephant 6” styled indie-pop into the musical language that defines them.

Devics’

Los Angeles’ Devics’grand, melancholic ballads are mysterious and ambiguous, not evoking any particular decade nor neatly aligning with any musical trends. Think early bar-room sounds, think a cinematic music, the haunting soundtrack to a movie that has not yet been made. Dark, atmospheric and moody, the Devics’ music has captured the attention of critics and fans […]

Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club

Jerry Fish’s alter ego Ger Whelan started off as lead singer with An Emotional Fish, one of Ireland’s leading musical lights in the 90’s.  Imagine an album where Tom Waits meets the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, throw in a sprinkling of George Melly and you’ve got something approaching the eclectic mix that exists on “Be Yourself”, the debut […]

Laura Cantrell

Laura Cantrell has struck a chord with public and critics alike receiving glowing reviews in Mojo, Q and The Times ( who named one of Laura’s songs in their top 10 of 2000). She’s recorded two prestigious radio sessions for John Peel who has called the album “my favourite album of the last ten years […]

Hem

With a traditional American music but a contemporary aesthetic. The music is lush and full with Sally’s voice shaping each word. Blending musical influences from rock n roll to Wooody Guthrie, it’s melancholic  heartbreaking Americana.

Jeff Finlin

American songwriter currently residing in Nashville, he’s inspired by the Beat Poets. Jeff Finlin comes from the same motherlode of American music as songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle.

Greg Trooper

Greg Trooper is one of the best-kept secrets in Nashville these days. As  diverse a  group as Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell and Billy Bragg have all recorded his songs. The trembling-twang production and rumbling rhythm here are as compelling as anything being recorded in Nashville today.

Blue Moon Boys

From Fort Wayne, Indiana,  this is high octane rockabilly, rooted in the fifties sound and equally loved by the punk and psychobilly audience.