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Will Killeen in Freshford

by Jimmy Rhatigan

FÉILE Lachtain 2022 continues at Freshford this week when the first of the MQC Concerts takes place. 

Renowned acoustic guitarist Will Killeen will play at St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland on Friday, September 16 at 8pm. Admission is €10 at the door.

Will Killeen is a highly acclaimed Irish acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. 

He has a brilliant style: Celtic roots mixed with American blues. 

You can expect songs from early blues standards through to Dylan classics delivered with inimitable percussive guitar and whirling vocals. 

He is also considered to be one of the foremost slide guitar players in Europe today. 

Will was born in County Mayo. He taught himself guitar from the age of 10 and was then influenced by Howlin’ Wolf, Doc Watson, The Pretty Things, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. 


Soon he was performing around London and once replaced Rory Gallagher when Taste was formed. 

Will’s blues-guitar style shows influences from a mixture of country, Celtic, eastern and rock music. 

This year marks the Millennium Quater Centenary (MQC) of the death of St. Lachtain and celebrates over 1400 years of worship on the site of St. Lachtain’s Church, Freshford. 

The concerts continue on Saturday, October 8, with a performance by the Rafter Family in St Lachtain’s RC Church, Freshford. 

This will include virtuoso violinist Patrick Rafter’s homecoming concert as he returns to his native parish. Ticketing information will be published shortly. 

The festival closes on the weekend of November 12/13 with Mass in St Nicholas’s Church, Tulla on Saturday at 7.30 and in St Lachtain’s Church, Freshford on Sunday at 11am. 

In what may well be a world premiere, the spiritual songs of Elvis Presley will be sung during Mass by Alexander Rafter accompanied by members of the Rafter Family and the combined choirs of Tulla and Freshford Churches.  

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