After missing last year, I'm reprising my role as the Smithwick's® Kilkenny Roots Festival 'official photographer', which I've had since 2010. I've seen amazing performances and met many great people from home and overseas who I'll be catching up with.
My images from the Festival have been published at home and internationally in magazines, online and used by some of the artists themselves. Along the way, I've liaised with Diageo's brand management and the great Festival committee. No small part in taking me to where I've been in the last few years.
A long weekend of 3 days and 4 nights of concurrent gigs from lunchtime through to the early hours in over 30 venues. More than 40 Irish and International acts with over 90 ticketed and free shows.
Since 1998, the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes to name but a small, small few...
"By now a national institution and an international buzz-phrase among the Americana / Roots movement…Ireland’s most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade…"