You could try make a joke about gigs and buses here but it matters not.
What’s great to see is that live music is back in Kilkenny this summer with Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre announcing the return of a local favourite.
While indoor gigs are a few months away yet, Mick Flannery has been announced for one of Kilkenny’s much loved outdoor venues this month.
Better again, Flannery will take to the stage at 3pm and 8pm on 19 June.
Government restrictions in relation to Covid-19 mean that capacity will be heavily restricted but the dual gig can proceed.
Tickets priced €30 plus booking fee are on sale from 10am Wednesday 9 June and will be sold in ‘pods’ meaning you can book two or four tickets only.
Update 12pm: It didn’t take long at all – all tickets for the first show disappeared on Wednesday morning with a second date, already on sale, announced for 20 June.
Susan O’Neill continues her ongoing collaboration with Flannery and will take to the stage in Kilkenny. The pair are due to release a duet record this year.
“We were working on a collab album all through the first lockdown which was great, loads of fun” said O’Neill about the project while in conversation with May Kay for Other Voices.
“It’s kind of a concept album. When that was finished, we had gotten into such a groove and momentum in writing that I had some songs that were just sitting there. He might just suggest changing a line here or there or throwing in a few lines, or ‘throw it away if you don’t like it’. It’s normally absolutely on the money and just what the song needed so he’s helped me with a few of those tunes.”