Kilkenny Roots Festival 2014

The Kilkenny Roots Festival offers up an annual extravaganza of high quality Folk and Americana music and is just a short (less than 2 hour) train ride from Dublin.  We caught a performance by The Eskies at Lanigan's Pub.  The gig was delayed in starting due to a long-running hurling match featuring the beloved Kilkenny Cats.  Once the music got underway, the audience was tapping their feet and humming along with this energetic motley crew.

Next up, we stopped into The Field to see Richie Foley and Hubert Murray.  These guys were awesome.  Hubert had an amazing gravelly voice and they played off each other extremely well.
Turns out that Hubert and Richie were also playing at our hotel that night so we even got to see them twice and have a chat after the performance.  Great stuff.

Walking through the heart of Kilkenny earlier in the day, we suspected we'd seen Morgan O'Kane busking near this archway.  Turns out we were right.  We instantly recognized him during the evening gig.  We were lucky enough to have free tickets to this paid show thanks to the generosity of +Susan FitzGerald
We packed ourselves into the back room at Ryan's Bar and got up on tiptoe to try and see over the crowd that had gathered.
It was another energetic and toe-tapping performance.
It was amazing to watch O'Kane's finger picking on the banjo.
My favorite part was actually this lad in the corner who was playing the spoons!
Very impressive...
We'll definitely be back for the 2015 installment of the Kilkenny Roots Festival.



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