The final lineup for September Sounds got a little bigger this week with the addition of R.S.A.G and The Wha to the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre leg of proceedings.
Funded through the LLPSS scheme in collaboration with Kilkenny County Council and the Watergate Theatre, the series is combining a full weekend of classical, jazz, rock, trad, folk and alternative music across three of Kilkenny’s much loved outdoor spaces – Woodstock Gardens (Friday), Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre (Saturday) and Butler Gallery (Sunday).
Known to his friends as Jeremy Hickey, R.S.A.G. has gained a reputation not only as one of Europe’s most impressive drummers but as a celebrated producer and a talented showman.
Hickey’s most recent album Chromas was released in May 2020 and is widely acknowledged as his finest collection of work to date.
Rising indie, punk-rockers The Wha are Finn Cusack, Sam Cullen, Marek Lech and Abe G. Harris. Childhood friends, Cusack and Cullen forged a songwriting partnership at just 15 years old when they met in post-primary school. Their most recent single Abandon Ship is out now.
Influenced by The Beatles, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan and more, The Wha will join a stellar lineup at the equally stellar venue at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday, 25th September.
The opening night of September Sounds takes place at Woodstock Gardens (Inistigoe) with musicians Patrick, Paddy & Maura D Rafter, Siobhán Armstrong & Ronan Browne, Mark Anthony McGrath & Bobbie Carey, Hot4Jazz Quartet and Amber & The Bear performing this coming Friday. Gates open at 5pm.
R.S.A.G, The Wha, The Screws, Oh Bryan, Davey Long, Gwen Blanch & Alchemy will take to the stage at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre on Saturday. Gates open at 7pm.
Iarla Ó Lionáird and guests Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Matthew Nolan & Ryan Molloy, the McCauley Brothers and friends, Gary O’ Neill, Ali Comerford, Kairen Caine, The Wandering Souls and Elise will close the inaugural September Sounds weekend at Butler Gallery on Sunday evening. Gates open at 6pm.
All concerts are free but ticketed and attendees are encouraged, if they can, to make a donation to Minding Creative Minds, the organisation established to offer a free 24/7 wellbeing and support programme for the Irish creative sector.