5 Gigs You Need to See in Kilkenny This Year
April 21, 2017 (2 Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s top competitors when it comes to priding itself in Irish craft and heritage. It maintains a historical element throughout, even on the music scene. If there’s a bit of Irish trad and country to be had, even better! Therefore, why not grab a pint if you’re down in the Short Grass County, enjoy the great gigs that will be on offer and fully experience this fantastic pocket of culture.

5) Marah

If you are not shy for some classic American Rock ‘n’ Roll jams, then you will be well at home with this group. David and Serge Bielanko were responsible for the formation of Marah after their involvement in a previous band, The Lusty Toms. The duo revamped their style, taking inspiration from legends like Springsteen and reducing their Red Hot Chilli Pepper vibe. A string of other members came and went throughout the years before finally settling on David, Serge, Christine, Adam, Dave and Mark.

marah

In 2000, Marah were signed to Steve Earl’s old E-Squared Records, releasing their first album and performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien that same year. They continued to move up from there, recording with Springsteen himself, signing to Artemis records and even getting a shout out in Entertainment Weekly from Stephen King for their 7th album.

Marah’s album “Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania” is out now for you to rock along to before they hit our shores.

Where: The Set Theatre, Kilkenny Roots Festival

When: Saturday April 30th 2017, 11pm

Ticket Price: €20.00

4) We Banjo 3

Galway lads Enda, Fergal, Martin and David are all about shaking up the Irish music scene with some traditional Irish and bluegrass tunes to liven things up. As you may have gathered from the name, the banjo features largely in their quirky music style, with David taking the lead on vocals and Fergal delivering the bands Irish stamp by incorporating the fiddle and bodhrán. The group has been active in their music career since 2011 with their début album “Roots of the Banjo Tree” being released in 2012.

we-banjo-3

They received critical acclaim after that, receiving a shout out by music writer Earle Hitchner of The Wall Street Journal and winning the title for “Traditional Music Album of the Year” by The Irish Times. 2016 in particular saw the band soar to new heights when their fourth album “String Theory” débuted at number one, no less in the Billboard charts.

You can easily check out We Banjo 3’s sleek country vibes in advance of the show, with their album “String Theory” available now.

Where: The Set Theatre

When: Thursday, May 18th 2017, 20:00

Ticket Price: €19.00 (inc. bkg. fee)

3) Talos

There is no shortage of Irish talent hitting Kilkenny, next up are upcoming Cork group Talos taking to the stage. The band consists of leading man Eoin French along with bandmates Josh, Sam, David, Sonny and Alex as they create some gnarly, indie electro pop vibes using their range of instruments which vary from bass to strings to percussion. Talos started out in 2013 creating tunes in French’s bedroom but it wasn’t until 2014 that the powerful “Tethered Bones” was released, showing off the raw quality of French’s voice in particular.

talos

Talos were rewarded with a great head start after they successfully amassed 1.5 million streams upon releasing their first four tracks, even before their début album! They were also selected as part of GoldenPlec’s “Plec Picks for 2016” which gives a shout out to upcoming artists that show high potential.

Talos’ brand new album “Wild Alee” is available for download now along with their single “Odyssey”, staying true to their Greek mythology theme.

Where: The Set Theatre

When: Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 21:00.

Ticket Price: €13.00 (inc. bkg. fee)

2) Áine Cahill

If a young Cavan pop-singer is more in line with your tastes, look no further than Áine Cahill. She has named her inspiration from current pop artists, mentioning Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey, however Áine’s ability to translate story through song enhanced with raw emotion is completely her own. In 2014, Cahill released her first EP “Paper Crown” independently on Soundcloud. After garnering much interest and popularity, it wasn’t long before her song was given the title of ‘Best Unsigned EP 2014’ in U & I magazine. Her second single, “Black Dahlia” inspired by the show American Horror Story and Elisabeth Short, became her breakthrough track after it received national airplay.

aine-cahill

In 2016 she won her big break when asked by the BBC to perform acoustically and live for television at Glastonbury and then later on she performed at Electric Picnic. In 2017, she continues to build on her success after being named as one to watch in the likes of The Guardian and performing in Europe for the first time as well.

Áine may easily be compared to our own Imelda May with similar qualities in her music. If you want to check out her sound, her acclaimed single “Plastic” is out now for download.

Where: The Set Theatre

When: Sunday, May 7th 2017, 20:00

Ticket Price: €11.00 (inc. bkg. fee)

1) The Handsome Family

To add more flavour to the mix, we have this Americana, alternative country married duo who hail all the way from Chicago, Illinois. Brett and Rennie Sparks started making music professionally in 1993 with drummer Mike Werner. Rennie became the core of the group, taking command of lyrics and vocals while Brett also contributed to the vocals and writing the music. They were signed to Scout Releases in 1994 and were busy with their first album and tours of both the US and Europe.

the-handsome-family

In 1998, some deeply personal experiences had inspired them to forge the album “Through the Trees” which helped the band to branch out beyond their niche audience, with UNCUT naming it ‘Best Country Album of the Year’. Over the years, husband and wife have garnered further success and even had their own song, “Far From Any Road” featured as the theme tune in 2014 for the HBO drama, True Detective.

The Handsome Family will continue along their musical path with a long journey ahead yet and much success. Their latest album “Unseen” is available now.

Where: Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny Roots Festival

When: Sunday, 30th April, 2017, 7pm

Ticket Price: € 25.00

Kilkenny has some of the best sights and sounds in Ireland and functions well as a hub for culture. With tickets for these gigs limited and currently selling, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to tap into the authentic atmosphere.

Alannah Kenny
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5 Gigs You Need to See in Kilkenny This Year
April 21, 2017 (2 Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s top competitors when it comes to priding itself in Irish craft and heritage. It maintains a historical element throughout, even on the music scene. If there’s a bit of Irish trad and country to be had, even better! Therefore, why not grab a pint if you’re down in the Short Grass County, enjoy the great gigs that will be on offer and fully experience this fantastic pocket of culture.

5) Marah

If you are not shy for some classic American Rock ‘n’ Roll jams, then you will be well at home with this group. David and Serge Bielanko were responsible for the formation of Marah after their involvement in a previous band, The Lusty Toms. The duo revamped their style, taking inspiration from legends like Springsteen and reducing their Red Hot Chilli Pepper vibe. A string of other members came and went throughout the years before finally settling on David, Serge, Christine, Adam, Dave and Mark.

marah

In 2000, Marah were signed to Steve Earl’s old E-Squared Records, releasing their first album and performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien that same year. They continued to move up from there, recording with Springsteen himself, signing to Artemis records and even getting a shout out in Entertainment Weekly from Stephen King for their 7th album.

Marah’s album “Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania” is out now for you to rock along to before they hit our shores.

Where: The Set Theatre, Kilkenny Roots Festival

When: Saturday April 30th 2017, 11pm

Ticket Price: €20.00

4) We Banjo 3

Galway lads Enda, Fergal, Martin and David are all about shaking up the Irish music scene with some traditional Irish and bluegrass tunes to liven things up. As you may have gathered from the name, the banjo features largely in their quirky music style, with David taking the lead on vocals and Fergal delivering the bands Irish stamp by incorporating the fiddle and bodhrán. The group has been active in their music career since 2011 with their début album “Roots of the Banjo Tree” being released in 2012.

we-banjo-3

They received critical acclaim after that, receiving a shout out by music writer Earle Hitchner of The Wall Street Journal and winning the title for “Traditional Music Album of the Year” by The Irish Times. 2016 in particular saw the band soar to new heights when their fourth album “String Theory” débuted at number one, no less in the Billboard charts.

You can easily check out We Banjo 3’s sleek country vibes in advance of the show, with their album “String Theory” available now.

Where: The Set Theatre

When: Thursday, May 18th 2017, 20:00

Ticket Price: €19.00 (inc. bkg. fee)

3) Talos

There is no shortage of Irish talent hitting Kilkenny, next up are upcoming Cork group Talos taking to the stage. The band consists of leading man Eoin French along with bandmates Josh, Sam, David, Sonny and Alex as they create some gnarly, indie electro pop vibes using their range of instruments which vary from bass to strings to percussion. Talos started out in 2013 creating tunes in French’s bedroom but it wasn’t until 2014 that the powerful “Tethered Bones” was released, showing off the raw quality of French’s voice in particular.

talos

Talos were rewarded with a great head start after they successfully amassed 1.5 million streams upon releasing their first four tracks, even before their début album! They were also selected as part of GoldenPlec’s “Plec Picks for 2016” which gives a shout out to upcoming artists that show high potential.

Talos’ brand new album “Wild Alee” is available for download now along with their single “Odyssey”, staying true to their Greek mythology theme.

Where: The Set Theatre

When: Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 21:00.

Ticket Price: €13.00 (inc. bkg. fee)

2) Áine Cahill

If a young Cavan pop-singer is more in line with your tastes, look no further than Áine Cahill. She has named her inspiration from current pop artists, mentioning Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey, however Áine’s ability to translate story through song enhanced with raw emotion is completely her own. In 2014, Cahill released her first EP “Paper Crown” independently on Soundcloud. After garnering much interest and popularity, it wasn’t long before her song was given the title of ‘Best Unsigned EP 2014’ in U & I magazine. Her second single, “Black Dahlia” inspired by the show American Horror Story and Elisabeth Short, became her breakthrough track after it received national airplay.

aine-cahill

In 2016 she won her big break when asked by the BBC to perform acoustically and live for television at Glastonbury and then later on she performed at Electric Picnic. In 2017, she continues to build on her success after being named as one to watch in the likes of The Guardian and performing in Europe for the first time as well.

Áine may easily be compared to our own Imelda May with similar qualities in her music. If you want to check out her sound, her acclaimed single “Plastic” is out now for download.

Where: The Set Theatre

When: Sunday, May 7th 2017, 20:00

Ticket Price: €11.00 (inc. bkg. fee)

1) The Handsome Family

To add more flavour to the mix, we have this Americana, alternative country married duo who hail all the way from Chicago, Illinois. Brett and Rennie Sparks started making music professionally in 1993 with drummer Mike Werner. Rennie became the core of the group, taking command of lyrics and vocals while Brett also contributed to the vocals and writing the music. They were signed to Scout Releases in 1994 and were busy with their first album and tours of both the US and Europe.

the-handsome-family

In 1998, some deeply personal experiences had inspired them to forge the album “Through the Trees” which helped the band to branch out beyond their niche audience, with UNCUT naming it ‘Best Country Album of the Year’. Over the years, husband and wife have garnered further success and even had their own song, “Far From Any Road” featured as the theme tune in 2014 for the HBO drama, True Detective.

The Handsome Family will continue along their musical path with a long journey ahead yet and much success. Their latest album “Unseen” is available now.

Where: Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny Roots Festival

When: Sunday, 30th April, 2017, 7pm

Ticket Price: € 25.00

Kilkenny has some of the best sights and sounds in Ireland and functions well as a hub for culture. With tickets for these gigs limited and currently selling, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to tap into the authentic atmosphere.

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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