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May 13th | Kristy Cox and her Band

Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox, Australia’s biggest bluegrass & country music export, is on quite the roll, and she’s rolling right into Kilworth.

Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for early 2018’s Ricochet.

Kristy has appeared at major festivals across Australia, Europe and the US, including an official showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Convention in 2015; she was shortlisted by the IBMA 4 years running for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

For her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, early 2018’s Ricochet, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. 

Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album. 

‘Ricochet’, the first single release and title track off the album, took Kristy to the top of the Bluegrass Today Radio charts for two successive weeks; she hit #1 on the chart again with the subsequent Ricochet single release ‘I Can Almost Smell The Smoke’ while ‘South To North Carolina’, the third & current release off the album, was Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction #1 played record for January 2019.

“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favourites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favourite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.

– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018

“… one of the best in the business” according to Bluegrass Today, Kristy is excited to be making her very first visit to Ireland with her band, and we’re proud to present her third performance of the 9-gig tour in the intimate setting of The Village Arts Centre in Kilworth. Accompanied by her husband Travis, Australia’s premier honkytonk singer, this is youthful energy-infused bluegrass with maybe a bit of country thrown in for good measure.

Save the date, spread the word & we’ll see you in Kilworth on Monday, May 13.

March 23 | Niwel Tsumbu with Éamonn Cagney

According to Mel Mercier (Director, Irish world Academy of Music and Dance), Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney’s duo is one of the most authentic, organic and exciting cross cultural musical encounters to emerge in the Irish music scene.

The duo invite you to share an evening with a difference with them when they come to The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Saturday, March 23 as the celebrate their latest single and video ‘Mwana Moyi’ (‘Child of the Sun’).

Built on 15 years of constant collaboration, Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney are known for their incredible musical chemistry and exciting, joyous performances. Besides their duo music, they have worked in traditional Irish, Jazz, world, contemporary, electronic, opera, soundtracks, dance and countless other musical forms.

While watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos some years ago, Niwel was blown away by his quote: “We are made of Star stuff”. It was the most enlightening and poetic quote he had ever heard. It forever changed his perception of life and inspired the lyrics to “Mwana Moyi”, the duo’s latest single and video.
The song, sung in Niwel’s native language of Lingala, talks about how connected we are with one another and with everything around us in a truly cosmic way.

“This duo has a cataclysm of moods and moves to share, unveiling a cavernous stash of redemptive music, and promise of much more to come”  – Irish Times

See it here on Niwel’s Facebook page, where it has racked up more than 21,000 views: 

https://www.facebook.com/212103155519751/videos/vb.212103155519751/783833371977230/?type=2&theater

Or here on Youtube for extra HD quality:

Or live footage from 2018:

So, make a date – Saturday, March 23 – 8pm sharp -The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth. Tickets €12.50 from the usual Arts Centre outlets or call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.

February 22nd | John Spillane

In October 2017 the acclaimed Irish singer and songwriter John Spillane, celebrated 35 years of an ever-consistent vastly illuminating and exciting career within the world of music.

Having sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’ act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

He also presented four TV series for TG4 ‘Spillane an Fánaí’, series one and two, and ‘Na Bailéid’, series one and two and has published a book of songs and stories entitled ‘Will we be Brilliant or What?’ 

“I got a full-time permanent and pensionable job on my 18th birthday as a bank official in the Bank of Ireland. Two years later I left that job to become a full-time professional musician. My mother nearly killed me,” John says.

“I have played with many bands and musical outfits and served a number of musical apprenticeships. As well as solo work, I have played with groups such as Sabre, The Stargazers and Nomos and with individuals such as Jimmy Crowley, Declan Sinnott and Noel Shine to name but some.”

He has also on occasion played with many outstanding musicians like Jimmy McCarthy, Maaba Maal, Christy Moore, Sinead Lohan, Pauline Scanlon and Mick Flannery.

“I have had a fantastic musical journey. Some of the high points include teaming up with my manager Lorcan Ennis in 2000, signing to EMI Records 1n 2001, and of course the release of my many albums.

John has sung and played music in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Holland, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Zambia, Senegal, China and Japan.  

However, you don’t have to travel to any of those far away places – you can see John in concert at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Friday, February 22 at 8pm. Tickets €15 now on sale at usual outlets or call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.

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