Headline Acts 2018 – Kilkenny Tradfest
15th January 2018

Trad for Willie – FREE

Thursday 15th | 9.30pm | Ryan's Bar | FREE

Willie Meighan was a one-man powerhouse of all things music, culture and the arts in Kilkenny for many years. His untimely passing late last year robbed us of a great friend but also a passionate advocate for music in Ireland and Irish music.
15th January 2018

Meet The Maker – A Celebration of UNESCO Recognition for Uilleann Piping

Friday 16th March | 5.30pm | National Design & Craft Gallery.

UNESCO has recently included Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This important global accolade reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity.
16th January 2018

Finbar Furey

Friday 16th March | 7.00pm | St. Canice's Cathedral | Unallocated Seating

The Irish folk legend, Finbar Furey is one of the countries most successful and highly regarded artists. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor Finbar has left his mark on the music of Ireland for more than four decades as the lead singer and uilleann pipes player for the Fureys. Always at the forefront of musical change, Finbar’s successful career and extensive touring all over the world with his brothers introduced a whole new audience to their music and instruments.
16th January 2018


Friday 16th March | 7.30pm | Set Theatre

Hailing from Ireland’s untamed West, MOXIE’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by their coastal surroundings with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping into their music it makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound, putting them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland.
16th January 2018

The Bonny Men – FREE

Friday 16th March | 9.30pm | Paris Texas, High Street | FREE

Since forming 2011, The Bonny Men quickly and deservedly became the most talked about and exciting acts to emerge in the Irish trad/folk music scene. Upon releasing their highly acclaimed debut eponymous album that year, the band quickly established themselves as the hottest ticket in Irish Music.
16th January 2018

Ye Vagabonds

Friday 16th March | 9.30pm | Cleeres Bar & Theatre

Buoyed by the success of their debut EP in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan and Glen Hansard; brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, released their 1st album in 2017, hailed as a ‘sparkling debut’ by the Irish Times, while the Sunday Times says “there is something charming about this album that makes it entirely their own”.
16th January 2018

Tradfest Musical Feast

Friday 16th | 9.30pm | Kernal Restaurant, Vicar St.

What better way to kick off TradFest 2018 than with the best of traditional music from four wonderful musicians. Executive Chef & Restaurant Owner Maria Raftery will pull out all the stops and serve up the most amazing food using the best of local ingredients.
16th January 2018

The Rayos (Nevada City, California) – FREE

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 17th March | 8.00pm | Sullivans Tap Room, John St. | FREE

Lifelong musical artists Saul Rayo and Elena Powell, both accomplished songwriters in their own right, have teamed up to perform what they call their Reel Music for the Soul.
16th January 2018


Saturday 17th March | 7.30pm | Set Theatre

JIGGY’s high-octane fusion of Irish traditional music, world rhythms and cutting-edge dance grooves are a massive hit with festival audiences across the globe. The formation of musicians from backgrounds in, traditional Irish, world music, electronic and funk music has naturally evolved into a unique soundscape that instantly draws listeners to the music.
16th January 2018

Caladh Nua

Saturday 17th March | 10.00pm | Disco: Midnight | Kytelers Inn

Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments - from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion - the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative contemporary flair.
16th January 2018

Dine with the Henry Girls

Sunday 18th March | 7.30pm | Anocht Restaurant, Castle Yard

A truly unique and enchanting evening of fine food and mesmerizing music awaits in award winning restaurant, Anocht. The Henry Girls from Co. Donegal bring something enchanting to the folk scene.
16th January 2018

Brian Kennedy

Sunday 18th March | 7.30pm | Watergate Theatre

Belfast born singer, songwriter and guitarist, Brian Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with onstage! His talents, energy and passion have captivated audiences throughout his career both at home and abroad with his unique vocal and instrumental talents.
16th January 2018

Máirtín O Connor, Zoë Conway & Dónal Lunny

Sunday 18th March | 7.30 | Set Theatre

Undoubtedly three of the country’s finest musicians, the consummate button box player, Máirtín O'Connor, fiddle player and singer Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Dónal Lunny return to Kilkenny TradFest having played to audiences across the globe on tour. The multi-talented trio offer the perfect blend of traditional music with an innovative twist.
16th January 2018

The Remedy Club with special guest David Murphy on pedal steel

Sunday 18th March | 9.30pm | Cleeres Bar & Theatre

The Remedy Club is a husband-and-wife Americana/Roots duo comprising KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen. They recently released their new album Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes and have been receiving rave reviews in Ireland, the UK and further afield.
16th January 2018

Reel to Reel – FREE

Sunday 18th March | 9.30pm | Paris Texas, High St. | FREE

Sunday 18th March | 9.30pm | Paris Texas, High St. | FREE Martin Coughlan (box) Billy Carrigan (pipes) Frank Salmon (drums) Adrian Jackson (double base) John Bermingham (guitar &vocals) James Rice (keyboards) Margaret Nolan (vocals)
16th January 2018


Sunday 18th March | 10.00pm | Disco: Midnight | Kyteler’s Inn

Scullion grew from a chance meeting in the late seventies, of its two main founders, Philip King and Sonny Condell, the band has been on a musical expedition since its inception having played in locations from back rooms to the great Albert Hall.
16th January 2018

Henry Girls Masterclass

Monday 19th March | 2.30pm | St. Johns Priory, John St.

Sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, collectively known as The Henry Girls, make music that will give you goosebumps. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds.