Thomastown hosts tribute festival to folk legend

FOLK legend John Martyn will be remembered this weekend at a festival in Thomastown when a eclectic and talented group of musicians perform in his memory.

FOLK legend John Martyn will be remembered this weekend at a festival in Thomastown when a eclectic and talented group of musicians perform in his memory.

The second John Martyn Tribute Festival takes place this weekend with a host of exciting events taking place in Thomastown from Friday to Sunday.

The festival came about following the first year anniversary of folk legend, John Martyn. At the Kilkenny launch of the festival last week, festival organiser, Eva Lynch stated “The idea came about on John’s first year anniversary. Family and friends gathered in Thomastown to remember John and we all thought it should be an annual occurrence. This is the second year of the festival and each of the artists will perform with John’s band over the weekend.”

Details of the free fringe events were also announced at the launch, the programme can be found on the festivals official facebook page. “There will also be free fringe events taking place in venues all over Thomastown along with the main event in Carroll’s Market Bar so it’s really growing into a town festival this year” said Miss Lynch.

Also speaking at the launch was Mayor of Kilkenny, Seán Ó Hargáin “The road from Kilkenny to Thomastown is a great one and when I think of Thomastown, I think of an abundance of music and arts. I had the honour of meeting the great John Martyn on one of, what must have been his last public performances in Murphy’s Bar in Thomastown. It was a huge privilege to meet and watch him perform and his band is wonderful. I am certainly looking forward to getting down to Thomastown over the weekend”

The second John Martyn Tribute Festival takes place in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Day tickets are priced at €25. For regular festival updates check out There is a special weekend ticket rate today (Wednesday) of €40.

The limited tickets can be purchased from Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny and from Carroll’s Bar in Thomastown.

The festival will see a host of stellar acts travel to Thomastown over the weekend to perform with John Martyn’s original band. The line up includes James Yorkston, Cian Finn, Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Ultan Conlon, The Man Whom, Kevin Power, Rob Doherty, Deetrich, Mundy, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Jacqui McShee, Doug Morter, Philip Donnelly, Chris Campbell, Ben Mac Caoilte. More acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

There will be plenty of live music around the town over the festival weekend. Gigs on Friday include Then Came The Wheel, Murphys, 8.30pm and Johnny Warren Band, O’Haras Bar, 9pm and Blues Night at the The Bridgebrook Arms at 8.30pm. On the Saturday The John Martyn band featuring Iarla O Lionaird, Ultan Conlon, James Yorkston, Jacqui McShee, The Man Whom, Kevin Power, Rob Doherty, Ben Mac Caoilte and Chris Campbell will perform at Carrolls Market Yard marquee and tickets are priced at €25. There will also be music at The Jerpoint Inn, The Sportsmans Bar and The Salmon Pool and the Thomas O’Donoghue Band will play in Murphys at 10pm. The Johnny Warren Band will take to the stage at O’Haras Bar at 9pm. All gigs are free apart from The John Martyn Band and esteemed guests who are playing in Carrolls bar. On Sunday, September 16 The John Martyn Band feat Mundy, Miko Pyro, Leslie Dowdall, Doug Morter, Deetrich, Philip Donnelly, Cian Finn and Peter Lloyd will play at Carrolls Market Yard marquee from 3pm. There will also be live music at The Sportsmans from 4pm, at The Salmon Pool from 7pm free and at The Jerpoint Inn from 9pm on September 16.

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