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Super summer at Ballykeeffe

by Edited by Jimmy Rhatigan

THE award-winning Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre in Kilmanagh, County Kilkenny, has announced its programme of events for summer 2022. 

The incredible Gavin James will make his Ballykeeffe debut in July, following his meteoric rise from Grafton Street busker to international star. 

This year will see the return of the legendary Aslan, following a hugely successful gig in 2019, for what’s sure to be another lively night.

Kicking off the stellar season in June will be Pilgrims and Players, a one-day traditional and folk music festival. 

Taking to the main stage will be the incomparable Altan, giants of the Irish trad scene Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, as well as Ye Vagabonds, Cormac Begley, Reel to Reel and local artists. 

A second stage will feature workshops, conversations with the players, and the story of Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre.

A welcome addition to the 2022 line-up for country music lovers is the legendary Mike Denver and very special guests Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam and Brendan Shine.

Also on the programme are the instantly recognisable folk duo Hudson Taylor who are due to release a new album this summer, while indie folk band Villagers will also return to the Kilmanagh venue. 


Folk singer Dan McCabe will serenade the amphitheatre audience in July.

Fans of Neil Young will be treated to an evening spanning his extensive repertoire with Harvest – A Tribute to Neil Young taking to the stage. 

Another new addition to the bill is the critically-acclaimed King Kong Company, a rising Waterford group with a dance electronica sound. 

The ever-popular Chapterhouse Theatre Company will return with an open-air production of the classic Cinderella for what’s set to be a magical evening under the stars.

Nestled at the foot of the old Ballykeeffe Quarry, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, run entirely by volunteers, brings the authentic atmosphere of an open-air Italian theatre to the quaint Kilkenny countryside.

Matt O’Sullivan, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre told Kilkenny Press: “After a difficult two years for all, we are delighted to fully re-open our gates and we feel the programme has something for everyone. 

“The amphitheatre is truly becoming bigger and better each year, thanks to all of our hard-working volunteers, generous sponsors and amazing supporters who make everything we do possible. 

“We’re looking forward to welcoming  new and familiar faces to Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre for another spectacular summer season”

See www.ballykeeffeamphitheatre.com for ticket information.


2022 Diary of Events:

Sat 25th June:                     Pilgrims and Players music and folk festival

Sun 26th June:                   Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents ‘Cinderella’

Sat 9th July:                         Hudson Taylor

Sat 16th July:                      Dan McCabe

Thurs 21st July:                  Gavin James

Sat 23rd July:                      Aslan

Sun 31st July:                      Harvest – A Tribute to Neil Young

Sat 6th August:                  Mike Denver & special guests

Sat 13th August:                 King Kong Company

Sat 20th August:                 Villagers

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