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Details of live entertainment in Kilkenny this week

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Details of live entertainment in Kilkenny this week

Wednesday
Roisin Dubh, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Trad & Ballad, Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
Trad Music, Paris Texas, 6pm.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
Kilkenny Language Club, O’Faolain’s, 7pm.
100 Birds of Ireland in Watercolour book launch, Book Centre, 7pm.
Jim Maher Story Teller & Seanchaí, Club House Hotel, 8pm.
Raglan Rogues, Kyteler’s Inn, 8:30pm.
Hooly Night, Lanigan’s, 9pm.
Folk & Ballads, Dylan Whiskey Bar, 9pm.
Open Trad Session, Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, 9pm.

Thursday
Line Dancing, Home Rule Club, 10:30am.
AKA: Atmosphere, Langton’s Tea Room, 6pm.
Drops of Green, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Trad & Ballad, Band & DJ Eddie Hughes Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
Trad Music, Paris Texas, 6pm.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
Method & Madness, The Dylan Whiskey Bar, 7pm, €25.
AKA: Hedge Schools & Tim V Smyth, The Tholsel, 7pm, €15.
KAF: The Return of Ulysses, Watergate Theatre, 7pm, €41/36/30.
AKA: KATS Waking Cúin, John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, 8pm.
KAF: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Castle Yard, 8pm, €21.
Druida Nua, Club House Hotel, 8pm.
Roisin Dubh, Kyteler’s Inn, 8:30pm.
Hooly Night, Lanigan’s, 9pm.
The Sofa Sessions, Billy Byrne’s Bar, 9pm.
Big John’s Karaoke, Biddy Early’s, 9pm.
AKA: Pierce Turner, The Hole in the Wall, 9:30pm, €20.
Langton’s Night Club, 11pm.

Friday
KAF: Brahms & The Irish Connection, The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, 3pm, €12/10.
KAF: Finghin Collins, St John’s Priory, 5pm, (sold out).
TGI, Bridies, 5:30pm.
Trad with Antony Maculey & friends, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Trad & Ballad, The Domino Effect & DJ Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
Tomas Jackman & BBQ, Butler House, 6:30pm.
AKA: Richie Healy & friends, Hackett’s Bar, 6:30pm.
Music, The Worlds End.
KAF: The Return of Ulysses, Watergate Theatre, 7pm, €41/36/30.
AKA: You Cannot Climb a Hedge, Castlewarren Village, 7pm.
AKA: The Merchant of Venice, Rothe House, 7:30pm.
KAF: Irish Chamber Orchestra, Alex Petcu-Colan & Sam Perkin, St Canice’s Cathedral, 8pm, €25/22.50.
KAF: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Castle Yard, 8pm, €27/25/24.
Drops of Green, Kyteler’s Inn, 8pm.
AKA: KATS Waking Cúin, John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, 8pm.
Isembard’s Wheel, Brewery Corner, 8:30pm.
AKA: No! & Rigmarole, Ryan’s Bar, 8:30pm, €10.
Phil & Gill, Dylan Whiskey Bar, 9pm.
DJ, Lanigan’s.
KAF: Declan O’Rourke, Set Theatre at Langton’s, 10pm, €25.
AKA: Reel to Reel, Paris Texas, 10pm.
Acousticats, Kyteler’s Inn, 10pm.
Friday Sessions, Morrisson’s, 10pm.
Sweet Freedom, Ryan’s Bar, 10:30pm.

Saturday

KAF: Kilkenny Visions, Rothe House, 10:30am.
KAF: Wellington & O’Connell: The Men Behind The Myths, The Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, 11am, €14/12.
AKA: Rock Against Racism, St Canice’s Community Hall, 12pm, €5 (per family).
KAF: Brahms in the Afternoon Piano Trios & Quartets, St John’s Priory, 1pm, (sold out).
KAF: The Lightkeepers’ Last Stand, Kilkenny Castle Park, 2pm & 4:30pm.
Yard Beats, Brogan’s Bar, 6pm.
Trad with Antony Mcauley, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Trad & Ballad, Party Night & DJ, Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
KAF: Creative Visions for Kilkenny, Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, 6pm.
AKA: Mend & Makedo Theatre Company Letters in the Post, Bank of Ireland, 6pm, €5.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
Music, The Worlds End.
AKA: The Merchant of Venice, Rothe House, 7:30pm.
Deep Meaning Film Screening, The Hole in the Wall, 7:30pm.
AKA: Little Green Cars, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, 8pm, €25.
Abbeyfolk, Kyteler’s Inn, 8pm.
KAF: Adademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, St Canice’s Cathedral, 8pm, €35/31.50/27.
KAF: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Castle Yard, 8pm, €27/25/24.
AKA: KATS Waking Cúin, John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, 8pm.
AKA: MOOT Night of Noise, Brewery Corner, 8:30pm, €5.
Martin Lacey, Home Rule Club.
Saturday Club, Marble City Bar.
DJ, Pumphouse.
Theme Time Retro Radio, Dylan Whiskey Bar.
DJ, Lanigan’s.
Dermot McConnell, Rhu Glenn Hotel, Slieverue, 9pm, €10.
KAF: Ailbhe Reddy & Marc O’Reilly, Set Theatre at Langton’s, 9pm, €15.
AKA: John Blek, Ryan’s Bar, 9pm, €10.
AKA: RSAG, Billy Byrne’s Bar, 9:30pm, €10.
Roisin Dubh, Kyteler’s Inn, 10pm.
Music, Rafter Dempsey’s, 10pm.
AKA: Midnight Union Band, Ryan’s Bar, 10:30pm.
Langton’s Night Club, 10:30pm.


Sunday
KAF: Kilkenny Visions, Rothe House, 10:30am.
KAF: Homer Today: Greek Culture Through the Ages, The Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, 11am, €14/12.
Craft & Gift Fundraising Fair, Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, 12pm.
Sunday Jazz Sessions, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, 1pm.
KAF: Brahams in the Afternoon, St John’s Priory, 1pm (sold out).
KAF: The Lightkeepers’ Last Stand, Kilkenny Castle Park, 2pm & 4:30pm.
AKA: The Grail The Legend Book Launch, River Court Hotel, 3pm.
Sunday Summer Sessions, Left Bank, 5pm.
KAF: The Hubert Butler Annual Lecture, St Canice’s Cathedral, 5:30pm, €16/14.
Johnny Carroll, The Worlds End, 6pm.
Trad with Antony Mcauley & friends, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Trad, Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
AKA: Mend & Makedo Theatre Company Letters in the Post, Bank of Ireland, 6pm, €5.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
KAF: The Return of Ulysses, Watergate Theatre, 7pm, €41/36/30.
Trad Music, Paris Texas, 7pm.
War Memorial Evening, Home Rule Club.
KAF: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Castle Yard, 8pm, €27/25/24.
Gavin Carroll, The Front Room, 8pm.
The Mark Bolton Band & Mark Kelly Project, Hackett’s Lounge, 8:30pm.
KAF: Peregryne, St Canice’s Church, 9pm, €18/16.
Kevin & Eugene, Dylan Whiskey Bar, 9pm.
Tomás Jackman, Kyteler’s Inn, 9pm.
DJs, Left Bank.
The Barflies, The Pumphouse, 9:30pm.


Monday 
KAF: Kilkenny Visions, Rothe House, 10:30am.
KAF: Thomas Kilroy, Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, 11am, €14/12.
KAF: Brahms in the Afternoon, St John’s Priory, 1pm (sold out).
KAF: Negotiating the Future, St Canice’s Cathedral, 5::30pm, €16/14.
Monday Club, The Worlds End, 6pm.
Abbeyfolk, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Trad & Ballad, Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
Trad Music, Paris Texas, 6pm.
AKA Arreglos String Quartet, St Luke’s General Hospital, 6:25pm.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
KAF: Bach: The Complete Violin Sonatas & Partitas, St Canice’s Church, 7:30pm, €25/22.50.
Roisin Dubh, Kyteler’s Inn, 8:30pm.
Hooly Night, Lanigan’s, 9pm.
Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, 9pm.
Irish Music Session, Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, 9pm.
Davey Cashin & Pete Fagan, Left Bank, 9:30pm.
After Dark & DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt the Miller’s, 10pm.


Tuesday
KAF: Kilkenny Visions, Rothe House, 10:30am.
KAF: A Kilkenny Big House Childhood, Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, 11am (sold out).
KAF: Brahms in the Afternoon, St John’s Priory, 1pm, €19/17.
AKA: State of Suspension, John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, 1:15pm, €5.
KAF: The Lightkeepers’ Last Stand, Kilkenny Castle Park, 2pm.
KAF: Chris Guilfoyle Organ Trio, Billy Byrne’s Bar, 6pm.
Abbeyfolk, Kyteler’s Inn, 6pm.
Wallop the Cat, Matt the Miller’s, 6pm.
Trad Music, Paris Texas, 6pm.
KAF: Freespace, Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle, 6pm, €14/12.
AKA: The God Who Hated Women, Brewery Corner, 6:30pm, €10/7.
Trad Music, Langton’s, 6:30pm.
KAF: Irish Chamber Orchestra, Watergate Theatre, 8pm, €25/22.50.
KAF: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Castle Yard, 8pm, €27/25/24.
Swing Dancing, Home Rule Club, 8pm.
Raglan Rogues, Kyteler’s Inn, 8:30pm.
Summer Country With The Stars, Springhill Court Hotel, €26.
Hooly Night, Lanigan’s, 9pm.
Kevin & Eugene, The Dylan Whisky Bar, 9pm.
Abbeyfolk, Matt the Miller’s, 10pm.
KAF: Liz Knowles, Rothe House, 10pm, €19/17.
KAF: John O’Gallagher, Billy Byrne’s Bar, 10pm, €20.


Any Day
Kilkenny Arts Festival, various venues, from Thursday to August 19.
Thomastown Creative Arts Festival, from Thursday to August 19. 
Alternative Kilkenny Arts Festival, various venues, to August 19. 
Exhibition: MADE in Kilkenny, Butler House, from Friday to August 19.
Exhibition: OBJ – Digital Handmade, National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, from Friday to November 11. 
Exhibition: I Smelled a Raw Recruit, Butler Gallery at Kilkenny Castle, from Saturday to October 7.
Kilkenny Cinema has a wide variety of films to suit all ages and interests on show at a number of times each day. See our entertainment ads pages for full details.

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