Tem­pest in Mar­ble City

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KILKENNY ARTS FES­TI­VAL Mu­sic at var­i­ous venues, dates and prices

We were won­der­ing how new fes­ti­val direc­tor Eu­gene Downes would grap­ple with the tricky task of po­si­tion­ing the event – now in its 41st year – in a way that would con­tinue to blend the clas­si­cal, the tra­di­tional and the con­tem­po­rary.

We’ll leave the for­mer two ar­eas for other Ticket writ­ers to dis­cuss, but with re­gards to the con­tem­po­rary strand, let’s just say that Downes has come up trumps.

A par­tic­u­lar high­light is Lon­don spo­ken­word per­former, Kate Tem­pest (right), whose he­roes in­clude rap­per GZA (of WuTang Clan) and the works of Wil­liam Blake. Tem­pest won last year’s Ted Hughes Award for her the­atri­cal spo­ken-word work, Brand New An­cients, and re­cently re­leased her con­cept al­bum, Ev­ery­body Down.

Another fe­male per­former ap­pear­ing is My Bright­est Di­a­mond (aka Shara Wor­den), which blends el­e­gant strands of rock, cham­ber mu­sic, opera and alt.pop.

Add in the likes of Bill Frisell, The Gloam­ing, Thomas Bartlett, Basiani En­sem­ble and Canzoniere Gre­ciano Salentino, and you have an in­ter­na­tional line-up that bal­ances qual­ity with sub­stance and play­ful­ness with in­tegrity.

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