Calexico, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Barr Brothers and Sons Of Bill and a songwriting circle of Aiofe O’Donovan, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz are just some of the acts been announced to play Kilkenny Roots Festival this year. The festival, now in its eighteenth year and held across a number of venues in the city between 1st – 4th May has always attracted the cream of the roots scene and this year is proving to be no exception. Also on the bill Ryan Boldt head honcho of Canada’s Deep Dark Woods, who will be playing a solo set, rising traditional country singer-songwriter Cale Tyson, country-folk pairing Kacy and Clayton, and a rare Irish date for the acclaimed US songwriter Eef Barzelay. Irish band I Draw Slow head up the homegrown acts, whilst US band Daddy Long Legs will close the festival on the Monday night with their unique brand of primitive rock n roll.
As ever there will be a number of free gigs around town all weekend as part of the Kilkenny Roots heritage trail.
Tickets and general information can be found here.
Here’s a selection of what’s on offer.
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27.03.14 – Bristol, Stag & Hounds
28.03.14 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
29.03.14 – London, Old Blue Last
30.03.14 – Southampton, Unit
31.03.14 – Brighton, The Hope
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Bit of a heads-up for the forthcoming Thee Cee Cees album which gets released at a very oppurtune time, Solution Songs will be out on the 5th of May via Southend-on-Sea indie label BillyDiscs, the band features Beat Surrender favourites including and Extra Mile recording artiste Chris T-T on lead vocals, Andy Lewis (Paul Weller/Spearmint/Pimlico), Adam Devlin (The Bluetones) lead guitar, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard (Strummer/Foxton/Archive/The Alarm) drums, Billy Brentford (Thee Faction) rhythm & polemic, bass & memotron plus Kerry Schultz & Darren Hayman other vocals, Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) guitar and Manic Street Preachers’ string section.
The band also have a 45 on the way, Have an Analysis b/w Solution Songs which will feature Darren Hayman & Kerry Schultz, the 7” picture-sleeve is out on Monday the 6th ofApril via Podrophenia Records.