Drive-By Truckers to headline Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots festival
Veteran alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers, the ever-popular Mary Gauthier and Kort – a collaboration of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and country singer Cortney Tidwell – headline this year’s Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots festival.
The Truckers play the Set Theatre in Kilkenny in support of their new album, Go-Go Boots, being released next week. Their appearance at the festival on May 1 is the first gig on a tour of UK and Ireland that also takes in Leamington Spa, London, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Leeds.
Gauthier, who was only recently in the UK, is coming back for another tour, that will be taking in both Kilkenny and the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, as well as shows throughout Britain. Kort are playing in support of their first album, Invariable Heartache, which came out late last year.
Canadian performers at the festival include folk music project Timber Timbre, headed by Taylor Kirk, and jazzy Little Miss Higgins, who is also touring the U.K.
Other artists booked for the event include singer-songwriter John Grant, formerly of The Czars, who released his first solo album last year; Mercury Music Prize nominee Beth Orton; Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, roots rocker Stacie Collins, Michigan-based band Frontier Ruckus.
The festival runs in venues across Kilkenny from Friday, April 29, to Monday, May 2.
For more details visit www.kilkennyroots.com
Click here for Backroads' coverage of last year's festival, as well as gig dates for this year.