6th Dec, 2016

Kilkennys set to light up Solihull with a blast of Irish spirit

Shaun Reynolds 30th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TRADITIONALLY famous for its long history of brewing fine Irish ale and beer, Kilkenny has a new reason to pride itself as The Kilkennys tour their way into the Midlands.

Visiting the Solihull Arts Centre on Tuesday (June 28), the four-piece will light up the venue with a mix of their modern take on some of Ireland’s most traditional tunes.

The Kilkennys are the first band named after an Irish city in 50 years – Luke Kelly was the last to do so when forming The Dubliners in 1962.

With an international following, the Kilkennys pour their hearts into their music and their tunes flow from the spring of Ireland’s oldest beer and finest music – in Kilkenny itself.

Speaking to The Observer. Kilkenny’s member Davey Cashin said: “I played music from a young age with my father and when I was older we were lucky enough to have a German agent hear us play at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

“That’s how we started our time touring across Germany and Holland.

“Fans can expect a few classic Irish tune and a special rendition of Boolavogue on the bagpipes.

“I love every minute of touring – meeting fans old and new is great and plenty of people in the Midlands are of Irish extraction and Irish music is part of there heritage.”

Last year, The Kilkennys released their first studio album ‘The Colour of Freedom’, featuring a mix of classic Irish folk songs including South Australia, Rocky Road to Dublin and the Spanish Lady.

Tickets for the performance are priced at £18 and can be purchased by visiting www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk