Smithwick's Kilkenny Roots Festival
May 03 2019 - May 06 2019
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Ireland's leading Roots/Americana music festival and winner of 'IMRO Best Small Festival' award, now in its 22nd year. 25 ticketed shows and over 70 gigs on the free Smithwick's Music Trail in venues throughout Kilkenny city.
Kilkenny Roots Festival Celebrates 22nd Year with stellar line-up, including Patty Griffin, Alejandro Escovedo, The Delines, The Sadies, Joey Landreth and more.
"'Kilkenny Roots might just be the best pound for pound festival of its kind anywhere' MOJO Magazine
The much-loved Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twenty second year with an exciting line-up including Grammy winner Patty Griffin, legendary Mexican-American rock musician, songwriter and singer Alejandro Escovedo, Canadian roots rockers The Sadies, retro country soul band The Delines and bluesy guitarist/vocalist Joey Landreth.
Also confirmed for 2019 are Michael McDermott – described by author Stephen King as "one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock n roll talent of the last 20 years,” Virginia native Dori Freeman, whose music blurs the finer lines of Americana and brings a modern perspective to the genre, and River Whyless from North Carolina who put a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations.
Latest additions to the 2019 line-up include The Accidentals (USA), Susto (USA), Jason Lytle (USA), Robbie Fulks (USA) and hotly tipped UK outfit, William The Conqueror.
In addition to the ticketed shows, there will be over 70 gigs on the free Smithwick’s Music Trail in venues throughout Kilkenny city.
The festival has built a reputation for discovering artists long before they go on to international acclaim. Acts such as Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Alabama Shakes, John Grant and Sturgill Simpson have all made their Irish festival debuts at Kilkenny Roots Festival.
Tickets for the individual shows are available from website, www.kilkennyroots.com, or in person from Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny., Tel 0567763669.