SMITHWICK’S KILKENNY ROOTS FESTIVAL.
3rd - 6th May 2013
+353 56 7763669
The 16th Smithwick’s Rhythm and Roots festival takes place throughout Kilkenny over the May Bank Holiday weekend
Featuring PHOSPHORESCENT, JOHN GRANT, CHUCK PROPHET and JOHN MURRY
Previously acts incl. Calexico, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams and Alabama Shakes
New names include HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, THE DEEP DARK WOODS, DEAD FLAMINGOES, HA HA TONKA, ANGEL OLSEN and LARRY & HIS FLASK.
Over 80 shows in total over 4 days, with 60 free gigs!
John Cleere, Festival Director 086 8146421.
PHOSPHORESCENT: ‘Muchaco’ is the latest album and the European tour kicks off in Kilkenny.
JOHN MURRY: John's debut The Graceless Age was "Album Of The Year" by a number of critics, shortlisted for The UNCUT Album Of The Year.
JOHN GRANT: Since his solo debut “Queen Of Denmark” won MOJO’s Album of 2010, John has followed-up with charismatic talents.
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF: Look Out Mama is the result of two years of Alynda Lee Segarra and band crossing the US, playing 100 shows in small clubs.
CHUCK PROPHET: Temple Beautiful is named after a defunct music venue in San Francisco and mines alt-indie-punk-pop-soul-folk-blues-country-rock. It is "a love letter to San Francisco."
THE DEEP DARK WOODS: The new album, The Place I Left Behind captures lonesome yearning, offering murder ballads alongside lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes.
ANGEL OLSEN: With a fresh edge, a wonderful range and otherworldly charm. Half Way Home continues Angel's elegance, brought on by many road trips with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and crew.
LARRY AND HIS FLASK: “All That We Know” (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club) is joyous with progressive rowdy bluegrass and Southern roots
HA HA TONKA: Southern rock- authentic and effortless. The group’s relentless touring has seen them become one of the most buzzed about young bands in America.
DEAD FLAMINGOES: From the combined talents of James Walbourne & Kami Thompson. James is lead guitarist in the Pretenders and was in the Pogues, Pernice Brothers and Son Volt.
LOST BROTHERS: The Brothers released TRAILS OF THE LONELY in 2008 and spent two years touring. In 2010, they recorded SO LONG JOHN FANTE. Recently, they recorded a third album THE PASSING OF THE NIGHT.
MAMA ROSIN: From the placid shores of Lake Geneva comes a sonic earthquake. Old time French migrant music of Louisiana with garage rock’n’roll, The new album, Bye Bye Bayou, was produced in New York by punk-blues guitarist, Jon Spencer.
ED ROMANOFF: Ed’s debut is a gritty masterwork of melancholic and atmospheric Americana. It took Ed two generations to write his album, but he’s perfectly on time.