Kilkenny Roots Festival – Ireland, May 2nd – 5th


Now entering its 17th year, Kilkenny’s Roots Festival brings together the cream of the world’s roots scene for a weekend of live music, drinking and general festivity on the banks of the river Nore. Held over the bank holiday weekend of 2nd – 5th of May this year’s line-up is as strong as ever including garage soul legend Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, former X head honcho and US punk godfather John Doe, the supremely talented Crooked Still frontwoman Aoife O’Donovan and the UK’s best loved country band My Darling Clementine.

All forms of what we like to call Americana are well represented over the four days. From midday to midnight audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada, UK and Sweden, with over 80 ticketed and free shows.

There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues.

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