Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018: Saturday’s premium gigs & music trail

It's day 2 of the 21st annual Kilkenny Roots Festival.

It’s Saturday at the Kilkenny Roots Festival and things are stepping up a notch with Michael Nau, Birds of Chicago and more on the way.

Seamus Fogarty and guests got the festival underway last night.  With the likes of Michael Nau (pictured) and Bennett, Wilson Poole also on Friday, it’s now on to day two. Nau’s show in Ryan’s was a sell-out and so too is his lunchtime show for Cleere’s at 1pm.

There’s the first of two sold out shows from Birds Of Chicago to look forward to. Darlingside, Prinz Grizzley and Whitney Rose are also among the day’s premium artists.

On the free Smithwick’s Music Trail you’ll find early gigs from TV Jones & The Tomahawks, Villiers and The Villains and Goat Roper Rodeo Band. Late freebies include Niall Toney, Beef Supreme, duo Jezzebelle and more.

Oh, and if you missed Seamus Fogarty last night, you *might* get a ticket for his 2pm show today.

Kilkenny Roots Festival 2018: Saturday Gig Guide

Michael Nau: Scrumways

Whitney Rose – Better To My Baby

Get the full lowdown on this year’s festival at


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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