Dig into world famous Roots


KILKENNY Roots might just be the best pound for pound festival of its kind anywhere

The praise comes from Mojo Magazine.

The 21st Roots Festival has announced the ticketed  artists playing the much-loved festival over the 2018 May Bank Holiday weekend.

Ticket sales are running well ahead of last year, with many shows already sold out.

Legendary American Root’s rockers, The Blasters,  fly in for an exclusive appearance at The Set Theatre on May 5.

The high energy levels will be maintained the following night when Nashville Rockabilly outfit, Hillbilly Casino C take the stage.

THE Deep Dark Woods from Canada are back after a four-year hiatus, Maryland’s Michael Nau makes his debut, whilst Mary Gauthier adds a wealth of great songs from her new album, Rifles And Rosary Beads, to what promises to be another exemplary weekend of the finest roots music around.

Peter Oren, described by NME Magazine as “quite simply stunning” is another new name to the festival.

Birda of Chicago, the much-loved collaboration of JT Nero and Allison Russell join the bill as does the Prince Edward Islander Whiteney Rose.

Austria’s Prinz Grizzley return with their intoxicating country brew whilst the young International Bluegrass Guitarist of the Year, Molly Tuttle will perform a

much-anticipated duo show with Rachel Baiman whose ‘Shame’ album has received glowing support both in the US and UK.

Darlingside, a four-person indie folk band from Boston will play two shows.

Their style has been described as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop” by NPR.

Newly formed English Roots supergroup, Bennett Wilson Poole will make their Irish debut at the festival.

A new addition to the programme is Seamus. His latest album, The Curious Hand, has been receiving rave reviews, including five stars in the Guardian, that described it as a “stunning, mercurial album.”

Now in its 21st year, Kilkenny Roots Festival will be held in a number of venues around Kilkenny.

Drawing crowds from across Europe, the festival has long been established as one of the best festivals in any genre around the world and attracts a loyal and loving following who attend every year and make this a special weekend on the festival calendar.

As well as the ticketed events there are over 60 events on the free Smithwick’s Music Trail in 30 venues throughout the city.

Information and tickets can be found at www.kilkennyroots.com