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David Keenan And December Sounds

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

THE SUPERB David Keenan joins December Sounds at St Canice’s Cathedral on Wednesday, December 22 as part of Yulefest Kilkenny.

Keenan will perform as part of the Rollercoaster Records night alongside Kilkenny singer-songwriter Elise, folk duo Lemoncello, Malojian & alt-folk act Seamus Fogarty. 

Keenan’s most recent album, ‘What Then’ was released in October, a follow up from his debut and highly acclaimed ‘A Beginners Guide To Bravery’.

December Sounds is a three-night concert series in one of Kilkenny’s finest venues with proceeds from tickets going to local charities. 

Supported will be the Ciara Lawlor Memorial Fund, Cois Nore (20.12), the Aislinn Centre, Chernobyl Children Kilkenny Outreach Group (21.12), Amber Women’s Refuge and the O’Neill Centre (22.12).

On December 30 Kilkenny’s singer-songwriter and folk musician Bríd Lyons, West-Kerry concertina player Cormac Begleyaward-winning multi-instrumentalist John Francis Flynn and Hothouse Flowers front-man Liam Ó Maonlaí will open the concert series.

Fronted by Pauline Scanlon and The Whileaways, 11-piece band Bird On The Wire play on December 21. 


Bird on The Wire performs many of Leonard Cohen’s best-loved classics and some lesser-known gems.

Organisers are advising people to purchase tickets in advance as tickets will not be available at the venue and to dress appropriately. “The Cathedral is a very grand and stunning venue. We’re operating at 50% capacity as per guidelines and social distancing will be in place. December sounds concerts will be a beautiful celebration of music in one of the finest venues in Kilkenny. Please wrap up, wear warm clothes, have your COVID-19 cert & photo ID ready for inspection and enjoy the concerts.” December Sounds event manager, Andrea Keogh.

December Sounds is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. It is elivered locally by Kilkenny County Council Arts Office.

Martin Bridgeman is MC for the concerts. Doors open at 6.30pm and concerts start at 7.30pm. 

Limited tickets, €10, are available from Rollercoaster Records online and in-store. 

Concert goers must provide Covid-19 Cert and ID prior to gaom entry. Masks are mandatory. 

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