Spotify Sampler: Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018

Darlingside, Mary Gauthier, The Blasters and more on the way.

There’s less than 90 days now to Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018.

This year sees the festival celebrate 21 year and as usual, tickets are already flying. Shows are bound for Cleere’s Theatre, Set, the Watergate Theatre, Kyteler’s Inn and more already.

If you’re yet to make up your mind as to what gigs to get to, this Spotify sampler might help. It will give you an hour’s introduction to each of the premium artists on the bill for Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018.

Gigs (and celebrations) get underway on Friday 4 May, continuing through Monday 7 May.

Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018: Premium Artists

Molly Tuttle and Rachel Bainman
Molly Tuttle and Rachel Bainman play Bank Holiday Monday.

This year’s premium artists are long out and include a host of familiar and new names to Kilkenny audiences.

  • Darlingside
  • Seamus Fogarty
  • Michael Nau
  • Whitney Rose
  • Mary Gauthier
  • The Blasters
  • Deep Dark Woods
  • Bennett, Wilson, Poole
  • Prinze Grizzley
  • Molly Tuttle
  • Hillbilly Casino
  • Birds of Chicago
  • Rachel Baiman
  • and Peter Oren

Tickets for premium shows (those with tickets) are available directly from Keep an eye on for news heading into the festival.


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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