​Clonakilty International Guitar Festival unveils  line-up

The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival returns for its 12th year on 15th-18th September 2016 with its full line-up revealed today.  This year’s lineup reflects the spirit of the festival – to be a celebration of the guitar. It’s not starch collared or stuffy nosed, from virtuosos to noodlers; all are welcome and exalted the festival and with over 90% of the events across the festival entirely free, the festival strives to be accessible to everyone.

This year’s full line-up includes Ray Davies’ favourite guitar-man, the Clonakilty native who links The Kinks and Hendrix, BILL SHANLEY (IRL); the international postpunk band THE MEMBRANES (UK); Sharing a gift for close harmony & keen song craft WYVERN LINGO (IRL) bring their effervescent live performance; The nomadic son of Milwaukee who, along with being a Violent Femmes collaborator BRETT NEWSKI (USA); Afro dub monks from London consecrating 24 carat dub, afro-beat, and deep-funk SOOTHSAYERS (UK); Fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters ALL MY EXES LIVE IN TEXAS (AU) ;The poet laureate of Irish Guitar STEVE COONEY (AU) ; Sweden’s brightest country-blues hope: SHOUTIN’ RED(SWE); U.S/Swede/U.K all-girl garage group of your wildest dreams THE FRANKLYS(US/SWE/UK); Pennsylvania’s swashbuckling pioneers of original Amerikindasorta string band music VINEGAR CREEK CONSTITUENCY (USA) Three of Ireland’s most talented composers/interpreters of traditional and original music on a sonic rendezvous with the ether: ÚLAID ((IRL) The finest  purveyor of “world music for a new world” JOHN SPILLANE (IRL);  The dirty southern blues sound of CROW BLACK CHICKEN (IRL) Young singer-songwriter brings his percussive style of guitar, Fintan McKahey(IRL) ; Electric guitar High Priest, Matt Churchill’s THE CHURCH

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is a celebration of Clonakilty: Guitartown.  It is the town that The Hendrix Experience’s Noel Redding chose to call home for 27 years and the legacy of Noel’s impact on his adopted home continues today in the venues and talent that he fostered within the town. The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival was founded by many musicians and music lovers directly influenced by Noel – including renowned producer John Fitzgerald who began his career in the music industry at the age of 15 playing in Noel’s band.

The festival is run by a not-for-profit voluntary organisation of music lovers who strive to make it accessible to all with majority of the festival shows entirely free.  The festival takes place across the town of Clonakilty in pubs, libraries, campervans, churches, beaches and butcher shops.

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival takes place 15th -18th September 2016.

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