This year’s WIRED strand is all about understatement. Whether it’s post-classical and indeed post-rock icon Rachel Grimes performing solo piano in St Canice’s Cathedral or Josh T Pearson using the stage as a confessional, the programme is all about getting back to basics. This is also reflected in the minimalist approach to creating music adopted by A Winged Victory for the Sullen and the new score for Der Golem composed by 3epkano and Iarla Ó Lionáird. The common denominator is simplicity itself.
That’s not to say we won’t have acts capable of tearing it up too. Our own Mick Flannery and Jape have proven time after time that they know how to get an audience moving. This is especially true of The Archie Bronson Outfit, a band that really knows how to make an audience get down. Irish collective Resound – lead by the peerless Kate Ellis – and Cian Nugent – fast becoming a national treasure – will provide the perfect counterpoint to all these rock and roll shenanigans. For me though, it’s the New Music Night, nestled right in the middle of the festival, that’s the most important. This is where it all begins and it’s at the heart of what Kilkenny Arts Festival is all about.