Kilkenny 2023

Friday, 28th April 2023


Kassi Valazza @ Kilkenny Roots 2023 - 

29 APRIL - Kyteler's Inn (4pm)
30 APRIL - Ryan's Bar (4pm)

"the deafening buzz that seems to be gathering around her is fully justified...if you don't know Kassi Valazza yet, you are about to lose your shit!" HOLLER

There has been a cult-like fascination growing around Kassi Valazza since the self-release of her 2019 debut album Dear Dead Days, which she followed with a surprise digital EP called Highway Sounds last year.

She is seated squarely at the vanguard of new American songwriters strengthening and broadening the sound of country music as she tours with celebrated acts such as Melissa Carper and Riddy Arman. The Southwestern native resides in Portland, Oregon, a hotbed of songwriters producing albums that both bear the torch and bend the arc of American roots music, and she recently signed with Loose (Margo Cilker, The Handsome Family, Joe Pug).


Valazza’s forthcoming new album Kassi Valazza Knows Nothing is a spellbinding collection of songs that dangle like protective magic talismans, catching dreams and glinting light and will be released on 26th May.



Carson McHone @ Kilkenny Roots 2023 - 

30 APRIL - Cleere's Bar (1pm)
01 MAY - Cleere's Bar (4pm)

"Her supple voice is a thing of understated beauty" UNCUT

Still Life, Carson McHone’s third album and second release with Loose Music, quivers like a tightrope, with songs about existing within such tension and surviving beyond the breaking point. These are stories of sabotage, confusion, and surrender. McHone wrote the songs of Still Life in quiet moments between tours in her hometown of Austin, then recorded in Ontario with Canadian musician and producer Daniel Romano. At the end of 2022, Carson released 'Camera Varda Variations', a 4 track EP featuring two re-imagined Still Life tracks, mixed on an 8-track tape machine and mastered by Kristian Montano.


Listen to Carson McHone on Spotify