With 35 groups playing 60 gigs in 30 settings more than four days, you could be pardoned for speculation the Kilkenny Rhythm'n'Roots celebration was about amount. You would not be right, be that as it may. With acts like Tim O'Brien and the Crossing, Tom Russell, Lift to Experience, Scott Miller and Mary Gauthier all set out toward Kilkenny for the May bank occasion end of the week, another quality celebration is ensured. They are not, concedes one of the coordinators, Mr Tom Stapleton, the sort of act you are probably going to hear on daytime radio. Be that as it may, fans from everywhere throughout the nation and Britain will be in the Marble City for a noteworthy melodic ordeal.
While a large number of the craftsmen who play the Kilkenny occasion are not really looking for popularity, some discover it at any rate. A year ago the bill incorporated a best in class nation artist named Ryan Adams. "Presently," says Mr Stapleton, "he's the greatest thing on the planet." The Carlsberg-supported occasion, now in its fifth year, is sorted out by the city's vintners, who have the greater part of the gigs, 66% of which are free. Affirmation costs to the greater shows at scenes, for example, the Watergate Theater are kept to a base. The celebration takes in the different components of music that go under the roots flag, including Americana, nation, blues, people, rockabilly, Cajun/zydeco and western swing.