Kilkenny’s rockin’ roots ma­noeu­vres

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC NEWS - ❙❙❙ lmur­phy@irish­times.com By Lau­ren Murphy

For­get The Boss at Nowlan Park – the 16th Smith­wick’s Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Fes­ti­val is where it’s at this sum­mer. From May 3rd-6th, a num­ber of mostly in­ter­na­tional roots, alt.rock and Amer­i­cana acts will play in more than 30 venues around the Mar­ble City.

John Grant will re­turn with a full band in tow, while singer-song­writer Matthew Houck (aka Phos­pho­res­cent) will play his only Ir­ish date at the fes­ti­val. An­gel Olsen, Chuck Prophet, Dead Flamin­goes, Ha Ha Tonka, Hur­ray for the Riff Raff, John Murry, The Deep Dark Woods and Larry and His Flask are also among the ini­tial batch of names, with more to come.

“Our au­di­ence know their mu­sic, but are will­ing to take a chance with acts that they may never have heard of be­fore,” said di­rec­tor John Cleere. “They love the buzz of see­ing a new act in a small venue be­fore they go on to big­ger things.”

See kilken­ny­roots.com

John Grant

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