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”

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”

David Kitt, Seamus Fogarty at Set Theatre

Seamus Fogarty at Set Theatre, Kilkenny. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Closing out the third day of the 2013 Kilkenny Arts Festival was David Kitt, with Seamus Fogarty, above, opening the proceedings. Both have been involved in the festival on different occasions over the last few years. Of course, we were the late arrivals, missing all but the last two tunes from Seamus Fogarty before David Kitt, below, took to the stage.

David Kitt at Set Theatre, Kilkenny. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Kitt later introduced Margie Lewis to the proceedings, here’s what happened…

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…