If you were hedging your bets on sold out events at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, the aptly-named There is a Light that Never Goes Out will be one.
Meighan, the much-loved proprietor of Rollercoaster Records and a key figure in the Kilkenny (and Ireland’s) live music scene for many a year, passed away in November last year.
For this special tribute concert, Kilkenny Arts Festival is bringing together three talented acts, whose careers Willie championed in Kilkenny, for a night of celebration.
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan takes three musicians, Scottish singer-songwriter (James Yorkston), English jazz bassist (Jon Thorne) and Indian classical sarangi player (Suhail Yusuf Khan), and blends them into one startlingly original sound that celebrates music’s ability to transcend boundaries.
Lost Brothers Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland have been writing and recording together for more than a decade. Their delicate harmonies and the fragile beauty of their songs have drawn comparisons with Simon and Garfunkel and Bonnie Prince Billy.
Over the last few years Malojian (aka Stevie Scullion) has released four acclaimed albums ranging from laidback acoustic to trippy psychedelia, working with a series of musical legends including Steve Albini and Teenage Fanclub’s Gerry Love.
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out takes place on 15 August at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny. Tickets are available online now at kilkennyarts.ie priced €25, and if there’s any left by the time the festival box office opens later in the summer, you might find them there too.