This year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival is one which can boast a line up bursting with talent. Among the talented performers at this years festival will be the uniquely talented Cian Nugent. Cian Nugent is a 23 year old guitarist and composer from Dublin who combines personal passions such as squickly pre-war blues, traditional musics, late1960’s and 70’s singer-songwriters, jazz ambitions, modern composition and the Takoma school into a deeply personal style that has won him widespread acclaim.
Nugent, who will be making his second appearance at the Kilkenny Arts Festival after performing last year in front of a packed crowd in St. Canice’s Cathedral has stated that artists such as ‘Robert Johnson and The White Stripes’ were amongst his early musical influences and were part of the reason he was introduced to the world of Rock’n’Roll and Blues. His Album ‘Doubles’ was released last year and recieved highly positive reviews with The Irish Times calling it a ‘45 minute masterpiece’. He has already begun working on his next album which in his own words “will feature primarily band material and that a differnt approach is being taken with this album. Everything is being done quite naturally and hopefully the main work will begin in the next couple of months”.
The guitarist isn’t just focusing on albums though, he has already toured through many areas of Europe with Belgium being his most recent destination. He has also ventured over Stateside and did quite a bit of work in New York with fellow musician Steve Gunn with the duo even planning to release a record together in the near future Under the name ‘Desert Heat’. Cian has described touring as ‘exhausting’ but ‘he loves it’ and is signed up to play at the ‘Tusk Festival’ in Newcastle in early October as well as playing in Ireland at the ‘Thizz Festival’ in Phibsborough, Dublin in September.
In the past he has toured with people such as Jack Rose, Glenn Jones, Ben Reynolds, Nalle, The Family Elan, George Stavis, Jozef van Wissem, C Joynes, Peter Delaney, Thinguma*jigSaw and James Blackshaw throughout Europe and the United States.
Cian Nugent’s music blends his passion for everything from 1970s singer-songwriters to jazz and traditional sounds into a deeply personal style that has won him widespread acclaim. His album Doubles has been described as a “45-minute masterpiece”, and he held a packed St Canice’s rapt last year with his intricate guitar compositions, full of graceful fingerwork and subtle variation.
This year he makes a welcome return to Kilkenny for an intimate show at St John’s Priory – surely the ideal venue for his playful, eerie sound.
At last year’s art festival Cian mesmerised a packed St Canice’s Cathedral. “The crowd I played in front of in St. Canice’s Cathedral last year was one of the biggest crowds that I have played in front of and everything was really nice.
“I’m looking forward to coming back”. You don’t have long to wait for Cian Nugent to come back either as he is scheduled to perform in St. John’s Priory on the second day of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 11 at 5pm. Ticket prices are €13/15 as Cian Nugent makes a very welcome return to the Kilkenny Arts Festival.