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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

KILKENNY ARTS FES­TI­VAL FI­NALE On Sun­day, the Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val stages a grand fi­nale with this con­cert. Its of­fi­cial du­ra­tion is three hours (un­like a Kilkenny GAA match, ex­pect ex­tra time to be added).

This is ac­tu­ally a great idea that KAF has de­vised – it gath­ers all the avail­able per­form­ers at the fes­ti­val’s fi­nal week­end, places them un­der the cu­rated guid­ance of a sea­soned (and ad­min-ef­fi­cient) mu­si­cian, and says good­bye to the fes­ti­val in a classy su­per­group-style en­sem­ble show.

Martin Hayes is the MC/men­tor, but if you think he’ll just be mak­ing small talk and in­tro­duc­ing the guests, think again. Hayes will be in the thick of it, as he con­ducts and col­lab­o­rates with the likes of his good friends (and Gloam­ing band­mates) gui­tarist Den­nis Cahill and vo­cal­ist Iarla Ó Lionáird.

Mu­sic pre­dom­i­nates here – ex­pect fur­ther guest slots, cre­ative dove­tail­ing and the swap­ping of in­stru­ments from the likes of US Amer­i­cana/ roots ex­pert Ricky Sk­aggs, UK folk act The Un­thanks (sis­ters Becky and Rachel, above) and as­so­ci­ated mem­bers), Hin­dus­tani jazz pi­anist Ut­sav Lal, US singer-song­writer Loudon Wain­wright III, Ken­tucky fid­dle player Liz Knowles, jazz clar­inet­tist Doug Wiesel­man, and Ir­ish uileann piper/com­poser David Power. Fac­tor in NYC-based Ir­ish poet, Paul Mul­doon, and you have an equally po­tent and lyri­cal con­clu­sion to one of Ire­land’s most loved arts events. Tony Clay­ton-Lea

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