Kilkenny Roots Festival 2017


The much-loved Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twentieth year from 28th April to May 1st, 2017 with a stellar line-up including country-noir favourites The Handsome Family, alt.country rockers Marah and the celebrated singer-songwriter Joan Shelley and Holly Macve

Also confirmed for 2017 are the legendary songwriter Chip Taylor, rising country singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, acclaimed Belfast-based band Arborist, and Yolo Carter, who is making giant strides both in the UK and the US with her brand of country soul.

Los Angeles’ The Americans make their European debut, so too emerging country gospel star Paul Cauthen, the ‘Queen Of Oklahoma’ Carter Sampson, Ireland’s own David Kitt and Western Centuries, a straight-ahead country band featuring Jim Miller (Donna The Buffalo) and Cahalen Morrison.

Scattered around a number of venues in the beautiful historical city of Kilkenny, situated an hour south of Dublin, the Kilkenny Roots Festival has been a staple on the roots circuit for a number of years and has attracted a loyal, hardcore following that makes the festival one of the ‘must attend’ events and most enjoyable on the calendar. Alongside the ticketed events there is a free Music Trail that gives the chance to a number of local bands to perform across the four days of the festival.

Tickets for the individual shows are available now here or in person from Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny.

Beat Surrender – Best of 2016 – Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Country & Americana – #10 to 1

#10

Vanessa Peters – The Burden of Unshakeable Proof

#9

Applewood Road – S/T

#8

Lori McKenna – The Bird & The Rifle

#7

case / lang / viers – S/T

#6

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor Guide To Earth

#5

The Handsome Family – Unseen

#4

Kelsey Waldon – I’ve Got A Way


#3

Richmond Fontaine

You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To

#2

Drive-by Truckers – American Band

#1

Margo Price – Midwest Farmers Daughter

The Handsome Family – Unseen

Unseen - 180G Green Vinyl

If there’s one Americana band who’s creative output fits the aesthetic of listening to music on vinyl, then surely it’s The Handsome Family? Rennie & Brett Sparks and their collaborators have being releasing quality albums steadily since 1984’s debut Odessa, the latest Unseen is their tenth studio album and another must have for connoisseurs of a sub-genres that one could file under Western Gothic or Country Noir, truth is of course these labels only sign-post the potential listener to what’s in store for them should they wish to delve deeper into the “intriguing surrealist lyricism which, explores the unseen stories, people and places of the American west”.

Following a familiar creative path Rennie provides the lyrics (plays banjo and autoharp), Brett the music, instrumentation and recording   at the Sparks home studio, – with assistance by collaborators David Gutierrez (mandolin & dobro), Alex MacMahon (guitar,baritone guitar & pedal steel) and Jason Toth (drums).

I’m sure there are those who’ll contest my opening statement but in order to do so you’re going to have to get hold Unseen on vinyl and try it out for yourself – the good folks at Loose will sort you out.

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