Kilkenny International Literary Festival gets Joe Fury, Tom Portman

Books and music ahoy.

Kilkenny International Literary Festival is on the way.

A one-night affair, the festival combines literature and music with Billy Byrne’s as the hub.

Kilkenny International Literary Festivals Crimes of Passion combines author Liz Nugent with musicians Tom Portman and Joe Fury.

Kilkenny International Literary Festival: On The Night

Nugent will read from her best-selling novels, including Unravelling Oliver and Lying In Wait. While tickets for the literary event are sold out, a night of free music in Kilkenny awaits.

“The night doesn’t end after Liz’s reading”, says organiser and director Cathy Hogan.

“We have singers and musicians, Joe Fury and Tom Portman, well known to local audiences, especially fans of the Kilkenny Roots Festival.”

“The Duo will return to Kilkenny to bring together their Acoustic Song Session, influenced by early Rhythm & Roots. Personally, I’m hoping for a few murder ballads. The best part is that this is a free gig.”

Tom Portman

Tom Portman on guitar.
Tom Portman. Photo courtesy Kilkenny International Literary Festival.

Irish performer, composer and deft songwriter Tom Portman plays resophonic/acoustic and electric guitars. He also plays  variety of other string instruments including violin, mandolin and banjo.

Over the past decade he has been both a consistent, prolific force in Irish music.

With 4 solo albums to his name, there’s a wide range to his work – from the Blues, Irish melodies through bluegrass to Indian ragas.  The Journey (2007), At One (2011), Float Your Blues Away (2013) and his latest multi instrumental release White Crow (2015).

Joe Fury

Joe Fury
Joe Fury. Photo © Michael D Dwyer, courtesy Kil-Fest

No stranger to Kilkenny, the Joe Fury & The Hayride gigs at the Kilkenny Roots Festival are usually marked in punters programmes well in advance.

Roots-a-billy goodness awaits and the Friday night in Billy Byrne’s should be no different.

Here’s a snippet from the man live in Billy Byrne’s in 2015.

The Kilkenny International Literary Festival night takes place in Billy Byrne’s, John Street, on Friday 16 February 2018. Check out Kil-Fest on Facebook for more.


Ken McGuire

The one who kicked off back in the heady days of 2005. Now a radio head at KCLR, award-winning podcaster, producer, food blogger at Ken On Food, music nerd and everything else in between.

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