Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival 2014
17th ROOTS FESTIVAL 2014
2nd to 5th May
The 17th Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival runs from the 2nd to 5th May 2014. The festival features a mix of Irish and International acts from USA, Canada and the UK. In addition to 20 ticketed show, over 60 free performances will take place on the Music Trail in venues throughout the City.
Hear Spotify playlist featuring some of the artists -> play.spotify.com/
Friday 2nd May
8pm - The Webb Sisters - The Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - €20
9pm - My Darling Clementine - Ryans Bar, Friary St - €12
10.30pm - John Doe - Cleeres, Parliment St - €15
Saturday 3rd May
1pm - John Doe - Cleeres, Parliment St - €15.00
3pm - My Darling Clementine - Kytelers Inn, Kieran St - €12
4pm - Hidden Highways - The Pumphouse, Parliment St - €10
6pm - Hamell on Trial - Billy Byrnes, John St - €12
7pm - Morgan O Kane - Ryans Bar, Friary St - €12
8pm - Jimmy MacCarthy - The Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - €25
8pm - Aoife O’Donovan - Clubhouse Hotel, Patrick St - €15
9pm - Mark Mulcahy - Kytelers Inn, Kieran St - €12
10pm - Barrence Whitfield & The Savages - Set Theatre, John St - €15
Sunday 4th May
1pm - Aoife O’Donovan - Cleeres, Parliment St - €15
3pm - Barry McCormack - The Pumphouse, Parliment St - €10
5pm - Mark Mulcahy - Billy Byrnes, John St - €12
7pm - Hamell on Trial - Ryans Bar, Friary St - €12
8pm - Lyla Foy - Cleeres, Parliment St - €12
9pm - Sturgill Simpson - Kytelers Inn, Kieran St - €12
9.30pm - Morgan O Kane - Ryans Bar, Friary St - €12
10pm - Barrence Whitfield & The Savages - Set Theatre, John St - €15
Monday 5th May
1pm - Lyla Foy - The Pumphouse, Parliment St - €12
4pm - Sturgill Simpson - Cleeres, Parliment St - €12
9pm - John Blek & The Rats - Kytelers Inn, Kieran St - €8
Barrence Whitfielf & The Savages (http://www.barrencewhitfieldsavages.com/)
Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience.
“Whitfield and the Savages never let up, pummeling your heart and your eardrums with some of the rawest soul to come along since Pickett and Redding.” No Depression
John Doe (http://www.theejohndoe.com/)
‘Keeper’ is the new record from acclaimed musician and songwriter John Doe Most recently, in 2009, Doe teamed up with The Sadies on the widely praised release, Country Club. Of the collaboration, the Chicago Tribune asserted, “they blaze through country classics, with Doe’s unmistakable low tenor taking center stage.” Even though his days as a punk pioneer are decades past, Doe will forever be remembered as punk rock’s golden throat…
“The tightest, finest and most morally acute music of the last 20 years.” Q Magazine
The Webb Sisters (http://www.thewebbsisters.com/)
Charley and Hattie are The Webb Sisters..... A few years back The Webb Sisters were chosen to join Leonard Cohen's live band on his first tour in fifteen years. Two DVD and audio albums have been released documenting the musical performances of the tour, 'Live in London' and 'Songs from the Road'. On the DVD 'Live in London', Charley and Hattie are featured on the song ‘If It Be Your Will’.
Hamell On Trial (http://hamellontour.co.uk/)
His 10th album, The Happiest Man In The World, will be released February 25 on New West Records and sees Hamell still as uncompromising, fearless, insightful, absurd, hysterical and as poignant as he was when he descended upon the music world with his debut 25 years ago. Armed with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too.
Lyla Foy (http://www.lylafoy.com)
Sometimes the best course of action is to find your path and stay focused, which is what Lyla Foy has been doing with her music for the past couple of years. That discovery has led to the creation of her debut album, Mirrors the Sky, just released on Sub Pop. For a project that began as a single song in a London bedroom, Lyla Foy's hypnotically hushed songs have come quite a long way over the past two years, figuratively and literally, as her worldwide deal with Sub Pop will find her spending quality time supporting Mirrors the Sky across the globe
My Darling Clementine (http://mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk/)
Michael Weston King, the seasoned troubadour, and the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo…”,) is widely seen as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters. Lou Dalgleish has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, and many more. Both King and Dalgleish are no strangers to successful, independent music careers but after 10 years of marriage, the two turned their attention towards a joint project. The result was How Do You Plead?, an album that took the Country / Americana world by storm
“This is a great album. A finely crafted all original tribute to the classic country duet” The Guardian
Aoife O Donovan (http://aoifeodonovan.com/home/)
The making of Aoife O’Donovan’s debut album Fossils has hardly been a glacial affair, but it has spent rather more than a decade forming about in her creative subconscious. It was time well spent, for she’s crafted a beautiful, timeless record, the natural evolution of an accomplished singer and songwriter. She is quite properly proud of Fossils. “This solo album seems like it was a long time coming to me,” she says, the sounds of an airport in the background. “I’ve been thinking about it since I was 18 years old.”
“She is surely the next Americana celebrity.” Four stars, The Guardian
Sturgill Simpson (http://sturgillsimpson.com/)
Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul, as pure as you are going to find anywhere.
“If there was a representative of Honky Tonk Heaven right here on earth, he'd sound a lot like Sturgill Simpson, and the record would sound a lot like High Top Mountain. This guy is the real deal.” No Depression
Morgan O'Kane (http://www.morganokanemusic.com/)
Brooklyn based O'Kane's music comes from the mountains. A mix of Appalachian Folk, Bluegrass and Zydeco all played with an intensity and passion that is hard to resist. The Banjo is O'Kane's weapon of choice and he uses it along side his gruff vocals to take you on a journey into his world of characters and stories from the flip side of America.
“If Jimi Hendrix played the banjo, he might resemble O’Kane, a high-intensity musician who looks like a mechanic in a rural gas station, sings like a man possessed and plays mountain music like it was an avalanche.”
Mark Mulcahy (http://www.mezzotint.com/markmulcahy.html)
Mark is the former singer of Miracle Legion"Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You" is the newest record. Now signed to Fire Records, Mark is back to making music and playing live.
"Mulcahy's been busy reinventing himself as a Lou Reedesque street poet. Rich with broken yet proud hustlers, it's gritty urban dramas never became too heavy-hearted, the breezy tunes blowing through like prime Jonathan Richman." 4 Stars - Mojo
Jimmy Mac Carthy (http://www.jimmymaccarthy.net/)
Jimmy MacCarthy returns to performing with his ‘Prophecy / Conspiracy ?’ tour. The tour will pay homage to old favourites such as ’Neidin’, while introducing more recent work such as ’Andalucian Gray’ and ‘Children of Mile’.
Hidden Highways (http://www.outonalimbrecords.com/artist/hidden-highways)
Hidden Highways is a collaboration project featuring two of the country’s most talented songwriters, Carol Anne Mc Gowan and Tim V. Smyth . Mining a rich vein of stripped down folk, raw boned country the two started working together in late 2010 and have been crafting wonderful folk-tinged numbers ever since
“For those who appreciate simple, honest songwriting, this is gorgeous stuff.” 4 Stars - Irish Times
Barry Mc Cormack (http://www.barrymccormack.net/)
Barry’s fifth album, Cut Throat Lane, was released in October 2013. A love song to his hometown, the songs chronicle the everyday and commonplace alongside the city’s seedier shadow self and the record sees him make a major leap forward in his songwriting.
“A rolling/rocking indie folk stew, Dylanesque with a hard Dublin accent. There is surely not a better narrative lyricist in Ireland; Brilliant.” 4 Stars - Irish Times
John Blek & The Rats (http://johnblekandtherats.com/)
John Blek & The Rats take inspiration from a range of musical styles such as the outlaw country of Willie Nelson, the protest ballads of Woody Guthrie, the 100 mile-an-hour lyricism of Jack Keruoac and the melancholic country rock of Neil Young. The streak of melancholy that runs throughout their music is tempered only by their penchant for footstomping rhythms and contagious choruses, a passion for revelry and, at times, lunacy.
“There are lots of reference points here, not least the ghost of Townes Van Zandt, the Felice Brothers and Willie Nelson. And though the 12 tracks on the band’s impressive debut are new, they exude a warm sense of familiarity.” 4 Stars - Irish Times.