19 Aug 2022

Briefly Up Close...

Ed Romanoff

Ed Romanoff

The countdown is almost over. Ed Romanoff and Rachael Yamagata land in Kilkenny this week for Friday’s gig in aid of Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group. Tickets for the Set Theatre show cost €15 and the session itself starts at 9pm.

Callino String Quartet

One of the city’s newest music venues is set to entertain tonight (Wednesday). The Chapter House at St Mary’s Cathedral will host The Callino String Quartet from 8pm.

The group has performed across the world, and in 2010 were selected by the Kronos Quartet for a week-long workshop culminating in a performance in Carnegie Hall, New York. Tickets for this local show cost €15.

Mick Hanly

He’s long made Kilkenny his home and we love him like a true county son. Now the wonderfully-talented Mick Hanly plays Kilkenny.

With his set list gloriously interwoven with their birth stories, this is one session you’ll not want to miss. Catch him at the Hole in the Wall this Saturday from 9pm.

War of Attrition

They’ve brought their latest show to Thomastown, were invited to the Dublin Fringe Festival and are set to perform in Galway. But, this weekend, Devious Theatre Company bring the war to Kilkenny City. Watergate Theatre will host their War of Attrition on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm.

It revolves around three people whose lives become entangled in a way that makes you wonder ‘could this happen in my life?’. See it and find out for yourself. Tickets cost €13.

Ger Wolfe Trio

Cleere’s Theatre welcomes back the Ger Wolfe Trio this Friday night from 9.30pm. The titled songwriter is much lauded by Christy Moore and John Spillane and his latest gig is part of a new tour to promote seventh album, I Have Been Loved.

Its first single, Shine Down Warmly, went straight into the iTunes songwriter charts in June and spent weeks on national radio. Joining Wolfe on the night are Martin Leady and Shane Scanlan. Tickets for the gig cost €15.

Barnstorm Boogie

Kilkenny’s hottest new band is to weave its magic for a local group this weekend. Barnstorm Theatre Company will benefit from band Onassis’ latest gig which takes place at Set Theatre this Saturday.

Michael English

He’s been making music since the age of 11 and now Michael English brings his body of work to the Set Theatre this Thursday. The singer and songwriter from Castledermot, Co Kildare, has toured across the globe picking up fans and awards along the way.

He’ll likely perform new single The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down at this local gig which starts at 8pm. Tickets cost €28 from the venue.

Photo Cup

A city bar is set to throw a party this Friday to mark the end of a fun competition. Brewery Corner staff has been inviting people to take a photo of the Parliament Street pub and upload it online to their Facebook event page.

The picture with the most ‘likes’ will win its photographer a hamper from Carlow Brewing Company and the top three shots will hang in the bar. A celebratory bash will take place on Friday where the winner will be named.

David James

The local man who became known as Kilkenny’s George Clooney has put aside his theatrical endeavours to focus on music this weekend. David James Glendon has a gig in Shem’s on John Street this Saturday night. You’re invited along to enjoy the music from 10.30pm.


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