Hillbilly Casino

In the case of The Hillbilly Casino, there are the obvious masters: Johnny Cash, Elvis, Brian Setzer/Stray Cats, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, yet don't be surprised to hear some Social Distortion, Ramones, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath, George Jones, Jason and the Scorchers and Cheap Trick thrown in for good measure. 


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The Blasters

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Darlingside

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Marah

Marah, Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017, Set Theatre 

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Chip Taylor (w/John Platania)

Chip Taylor and John Platania, Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017, Set Theatre (Introduced by Mike Ritchie, Celtic Music Radio 95fm).

Mike Ritchie - Celtic Music Radio 95FM (Glasgow)

Mike Ritchie - Celtic Music Radio 95FM (Glasgow)

Mike Ritchie - Celtic Music Radio 95FM (Glasgow)

from Train Wreck Records/HG Management/May 6 Entertainment

from Train Wreck Records/HG Management/May 6 Entertainment

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Hayes Carll

The songwriting of Hayes Carll, a native of the Woodlands, Texas. Failure has always been a favourite topic, with much of Carll's catalog, built up over the last dozen-plus years, revolving around dashed dreams, doomed romance and drunken predicaments. Very often though, Carll’s leavened the losing with cleverly deployed gallows humour, self-deprecation and yarn spinning, linking his work to his native state’s tradition of wryly winning musical wit, a writing trait he shares with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and even Miranda Lambert.

He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for “Another Like You” in 2011, the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards.

Hayes Carll, Set Theatre, Kilkenny  

John Blek & The Rats

John Blek & The Rats, Set Theatre

Borders, their second album is available now on CD / LP / Digital

A collection of new songs with a cohesive sonic richness, that embrace a fuller, fuzzier sound while striking a balance between experimentation and the tunefulness for which they have become known.

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BORDERS

★ ★ ★ - IRISH TIMES

ALBUM OF THE WEEK - RTE 2FM

"POETIC, POWERFUL, OFTENTIMES HAUNTING... THE BAND'S BEST AND MOST COMPLEX ALBUM YET." - IRISH ECHO

ALBUM OF THE MONTH - HIGHLAND RADIO

10 / 10 - DER  HÖRSPIEGEL

"A BOLD, BRAVE AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, EXCITING NEW JOURNEY" - HOT PRESS

The Delta Saints

The Delta Saints, Set Theatre. One large, loud crazy gig twelve hours after my first gig of that day! On The Delta Saints’ new album, Bones, their first for Loud & Proud Records, the Nashville-based band have stripped their roots/blues sound down to its essence, having rearranged the elements into something uniquely their own. The Delta Saints have a large international fan base having toured Europe six times, selling out countless venues and playing more than 200 shows in Spain, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Germany, as well as several festivals in Holland (Moulin Blues, Ribs and Blues), Belgium (Gevarenwinkel) and Germany (Grolsch Blues Fest). And now, the Smithwicks Kilkenny Roots Festival!

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.

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