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Ríl Óg | The Kilkennys – Double Concert
August 8 @ 8:30 pm
A traditional Irish folk and ballad band, The Kilkennys are noted for their dynamic arrangements, energetic performances, and charismatic rapport with audiences across the globe.
Picking up the mantle left by acts such as The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers, the 4 piece group continues to conquer tour circuits in Europe and the U.S. In the past years, The Kilkennys have shared the stage with renowned Irish artists such as Shane McGowan, Sharron Shannon, and Finbar Furey. Continuing their hectic tour schedule 2016 saw the band perform on the main stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest Irish Festival in the world.
“The Kilkennys are a great band upholding the Irish Folk/Ballad tradition with a contemporary style. Matching the passion & stories with these songs. The Kilkennys live is a fantastic show” – Barry Stapleton, Milwaukee Irish Fest
The band was established by schoolmates and began touring the length and breadth of Ireland in 1998. In 2008 they decided to name themselves ‘The Kilkennys’ after their beloved home, Kilkenny City. Now based in South East Ireland, the group has evolved through the years and is anchored by founding members Davey Cashin (vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, whistles), Tommy Mackey (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Mick Martin ( bodhran, uilleann pipes, low whistles, guitar, vocals) and newest member Josh O’Loughlin (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Bouzouki, and vocals).
After releasing their live album and DVD ‘Meet The Kilkennys’, Radio and TV appearances soon followed, which included RTE’s Late Late Show, where they performed their single ‘Shine on Kilkenny’ , an original song released to coincide with Kilkenny winning All Ireland hurling final for a fourth year in a row, a sporting celebration also headlined by The Kilkennys. Their much-acclaimed studio album ‘The Colour Of Freedom’ (2014) features a mix of original material and well-known ballads like ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ and ‘South Australia’. The strong connection between the band and their music is showcased in this album, with compelling musicianship and pristine vocal harmonies.
Seeking to preserve their status for re-introducing Irish folk and ballads to a young audience while capturing the hearts of the more seasoned traditional music lover, The Kilkennys embark on their new show featuring new material, set to be released later in the year. The bands’ popularity continues to grow with every energy-filled, toe tapping and hand-clapping night of entertainment.
Ríl Óg – Recently announced as one of the Top 20 Artists who performed on the DKOS stage at Celtic Connections; Ríl Óg are an Irish up-and-coming contemporary traditional band. Hailing from Co. Longford, multi-Instrumentalists; Dylan Hanly , Tomás Mulligan and Setanta Flood fuse accordion, banjo and guitar to craft an explosively energetic and fresh, new-age sound.
From the bands formation in 2021, Ríl Óg has gone on to have some major success. In January of 2023, Ríl Óg was invited to perform at the Danny Kyle Open Stage Awards (DKOS) hosted at the annual Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Ríl Óg was named one of the Top 20 Artists out of a total of 460 who performed on the DKOS Stage. They also have performed at numerous events across the country from the annual Tullamore Tradfest to numerous gigs in their hometown to performing at the 2022 Fleadh Cheoil na h Eireann last year.