Mr. H at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mr. H at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (C) Ken McGuire

With a few performances across the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Mr. H was one of the highlight acts on the street entertainment side of the festival for 2013.

Mr. H at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (C) Ken McGuire

Pictured here at The Canal Square, I’ll have to hand it to him, he’s some man to balance on a variety of tubes, chairs and tables.

Mr. H at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (C) Ken McGuire

All said and done though, spare a thought for the couple in the rear of the shot, all eyes on them for 30 minutes as they took a seat for a Saturday afternoon meal.

Tujacques, The Fall at Set Theatre

The Fall at Set Theatre, Kilkenny (C) Ken McGuire

Mark E Smith’s The Fall took to the Set stage as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival last night with Dublin-based Toujacques opening the proceedings around 10.15pm or so. Continue reading “Tujacques, The Fall at Set Theatre”

BITCHES, Fight Like Apes at Kilkenny Arts Festival

BITCHES at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

BITCHES (@peaceandbitches) kicked off the musical proceedings at Billy Byrne’s on night seven of the 2013 Kilkenny Arts Festival, the band making their festival debut.

BITCHES at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

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Seti The First, Biggles Flys Again at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Seti The First at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (C) Ken McGuire

New Music Night has turned up some great acts over the years as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival and this year the hand dealt contained The Cold Draw (formerly The Thomas Donoghue Band), Seti The First and Biggles Flys Again. Continue reading “Seti The First, Biggles Flys Again at Kilkenny Arts Festival”

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013 Day 3: Camerata Ireland (with video)

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

When I first started covering the Arts Festival back in 2008/09, I was a complete newcomer to classical music. Flash forward to 2012 and into 2013 and presenting The Arts Show for KCLR96FM and I’ve got a totally different appreciation of all things classical.

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

So much so, that last night, even from the back of the cathedral filming, I was absolutely in my element, music-wise.

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Granted, I had to get as close as I could to the action when the Shostokavich piece was being performed, featuring trumpet player Alison Balsom (pictured below).

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Even from the opening few minutes, the entire first act felt like you were in the most epic of movies but it has to be said, that first half performance alone was one of the best things to happen to the programming of the classical strand in years (and I’ve been to almost all the classical gigs in the past five festivals). More of the same for next year, please.

The result of the filming? Check it out below…

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band absolutely lifted the roof of Set Theatre last night. It’s been a while since I’ve shot photo and video in front of an absolutely belting speaker stack, but the results will make for great additions to the festival highlights coverage.

Here’s two select stills from last night’s stomping gig, with video on the way over on YouTube.

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

The semi-seated affair seemed to last all of a few minutes before the dancefloor at Set filled for a relentless, funky, 90 minutes-or-so-ish bout of dancing and all kinds of body-shape-moving and throwing.

A cracking way to wind out day 2 of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival.