Fernando Viciconte

Fernando Viciconte, Billy Byrne's

Argentinean-born Fernando Viciconte musically came of age in L.A. fronting the popular hard rock band Monkey PawMagnet Magazine named Fernando one of the best new artists of 2006 in their year-end issue. His album, Enter to Exit garnered glowing reviews from the likes of Billboard, Paste, No Depression, and MSNBC.com.

Fast forward to 2010 to the release of Fernando’s most recent release True Instigator. This album saw Fernando exploring his Americana, Spanish and classic country roots to make a classic Northwest release. The album was recorded with famed producer Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M. Ward) at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon.

Leave The Radio On (2015) was 3 years in the making and features a virtual 'who’s who' of Portland’s finest musicians including Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (R.E.M. etc.) as well as members of M. Ward, Elliott Smith, Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. This is a new chapter in Viciconte’s ever-evolving musical trajectory, a career marked by creative integrity and an almost painful honesty which attracts fans from high and low that still believe in the redemptive power of rock and roll. And ‘that voice’.

A hugely entertaining performer and gig at which Fernando was joined onstage by pals, Richmond Fontaine, for the last show of his European Tour.

© Anthony Griffin Photography 2016


Richmond Fontaine

Neither Richmond Fontaine, nor frontman Willie Vlautin, need much of an introduction since they rose to fame in 2004 off the back of their 5th album, Post To Wire, which went on to sell over 20,000 copies and earned them Album of the Month in UNCUT. Again, happening the following year with their following album, The Fitzgerald. The press snowballed with these and their following three albums, which saw the band playing Green Man, Primavera, End of the Road  Festivals, while building a loyal following over the last 11 years.

Included in the images below is Kilkenny Roots Festival director, John Cleere, presenting Willie with a gift, a piece by award winning ceramicist Claire Molloy, who embellishes her work with horsehair and smoke. It was a poignant moment on the night, with Kilkenny (and horses) being close to Willie Vlautin's big heart.

© Anthony Griffin Photography 2016