Double Grammy award winner, Patty Griffin on way to Kilkenny for Smithwicks Roots Festival
Preparations for the 22nd Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival are well under way, with some legendary names such as Alejandro Escovedo, The Sadies and The Delines already announced.
The name that has caused most excitement among music fans is Patty Griffin.
Over the course of two decades, the two-time Grammy Award winner (and seven-time nominee) has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for; “writing cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…her songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”
Patty’s songs are very much in demand by other performers and have been recorded by numerous artists, including Maura O’Connell (“Long Ride Home”), Linda Ronstadt (“Falling Down”), The Dixie Chicks (“Truth No. 2,” “Top of the World”, “Let Him Fly”, “Mary”), Bette Midler, Missy Higgins (“Moses”), Mary Chapin Carpenter (“Dear Old Friend”), Jessica Simpson (“Let Him Fly”), Martina McBride (“Goodbye”), Emmylou Harris (“One Big Love”, “Moon Song”) Joan Osborne (“What You Are”) and Solomon Burke (“Up to the Mountain”) among others and was described by Willie Nelson as having “one of the best voices around”.
It took months of patient negotiating to confirm Patty’s appearance at the festival.
“Her family emigrated from Kerry and Patty was very anxious to do a show there while in Ireland,” festival director, John Cleere said.
“She had fond memories of Dingle following an appearance there for ‘Other Voices’ a few years ago, so I made contact with some people there and they will host a show. Her new album has a track about her Irish background,” he added.
Patty Griffin will appear at The Watergate Theatre on Sunday, May 5. Tickets, which will go on sale in early January, are sure to go fast.
“We have had some wonderful festival shows there over the years with artists like Ray LaMontagne, John Grant and I’m With Her,” said Mr Cleere.
More details are on www.kilkennyroots.com. The full programme will be finalised shortly, with tickets on sale through the website or from Rollercoaster Records. The festival will feature over 70 free shows on the Smithwick’s Music Trail over the four days.