Ready to Rockabilly | Kilkenny Country Music Festival Returns

The Kilkenny Country Music Festival is returning for its third year on Sunday, July 14, meaning fans of folk should get their Stetsons ready and brush off their dancing shoes.

The event will be taking place on the idyllic grounds of the iconic Gowran Park Racecourse. It promises to be a day of fun, music and dance featuring live sets from some of the best country singers Ireland has to offer.

This year features a stacked line-up. Winner of Entertainer of the Year at the Irish Country Music Awards, Mike Denver will be taking to the stage. Having spent over 15 years in the music business – earning a number one album in the process for his 2016 record Cut Loose – the Galway performer is renowned for his high energy live shows.

Joining Denver is Sligo singer Patrick Feeney. Since releasing his debut LP in 2003 Thanks to You, he has garnered acclaim for his covers of tracks from legends like Bruce Springsteen and Glen Campbell as well as his more modern takes on Irish trad tunes.

Another major headliner is Co. Laois’ Trudi Lalor. She received her big break in 1993. This was when the very popular Louise Morrissey was incapacitated by a serious car crash. During her absence, Lalor fronted her band and fulfilled all Morrissey’s Irish and UK live commitments – quickly establishing herself as one of the best young singers on the British and Irish country scene.

From there, she has gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of records. Just this year, Lalor was named Female Artist of the Year at 2019’s Hot Country Sky TV Awards, as well as 2019 Female Entertainer of the Year at the Sunday World Country Music and Entertainment Awards.

Two-time Best International Entertainer at the Irish National Entertainers Awards, Michael English, will be playing some of his hits at the festival including his song ‘The Nearest to Perfect’. Meanwhile ‘Your Wedding Day’ singer Jimmy Buckley and last year’s Best Irish Country Female Artist at the Irish Post Country Music Awards Cliona Hagan will also be performing. On top of all this, The Conquerors will be the backing band for the event.

Featuring outdoor seating, lush grassy picnic areas, trees for shade and beautiful surrounding scenery, Gowran Park Racecourse is located just 10 minutes from the M7 and Kilkenny City. There will also be free parking available, helping to make the journey to the event as easy and stress-free as possible.

Whether you are the folk fan looking for a family day out or just fancy a tipple, organisers say there’s something for everyone at Kilkenny Country Music Festival this year. The event boasts state of the art facilities – including on site bars and restaurants, a giant dance floor, and shuttle buses on offer to and from the nearby Kilkenny City.

There are also plenty of activities for kids on-site. This is as children under the age of 12 can attend the festival for free when accompanied by adult.

Since its foundation three years ago, Kilkenny Country Music Festival has grown each year – garnering a reputation both nationally and internationally. According to organisers, messages come in daily from all corners of Ireland and the UK with queries about this year’s event.

For more information about the hotly anticipated 2019 Kilkenny Country Music Festival, visit its website at www.kilkennycountrymusicfestival.ie.

Tickets for the event cost from €25. They can be purchased at the gate on the day of the festival. Or you can beat the queues by buying them online ahead of time at eventbrite.ie.

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