Kilkenny Arts Festival returns before live audiences

Returning to a live in-person format this year from August 4-14, the Kilkenny Arts Festival will feature a number of traditional and folk performers alongside the classical, modern, dramatic and literary artists who make up the rest of an extensive cultural experience.

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the Irish Chamber Orchestra will finally perform the remarkable Róisín ReImagined in front of a live audience. Covid meant that the performance was filmed last year for remote audiences – and a CD followed – but now it will come to life in person.

Martin Hayes features prominently in this year’s festival – performing with his Common Ground Ensemble for the festival finale, ‘conversing’ with Brían Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds, and once again curating the Marble City Sessions – featuring many leading traditional artists.

As well as the multiple award-winning duo, Ye Vagabonds, the sessions will also Nell Ní Chróinín, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Cormac McCarthy and Kate Ellis, and Syrian folk artist, Maya Youssef.

Another highlight promises to be Saíocht – a collaboration between traditional musicians, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy and Neil Martin; poets Emily Cullen and Gabriel Rosenstock; and award-winning actor, Stephen Rea. Full proceeds from tickets for this event will go to Kilkenny Civil Defence Ukraine Appeal.

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