Marty Mone to feature in Kilkenny musical journey this week

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It’s still a bit early for Christmas at the office so plenty of room to swing and enjoy your music in one of the many fabulous local venues.

The Sofa Sessions this Thursday at Billy Byrne’s Bar present the Jimmy Smyth Organ Trio. The Grammy-nominated guitarist and musician and songwriter is joined by Scott Flanigan and Cormac Larkin for this almost weekly deal.

Lots of Friday fun starting with Social Ability Kilkenny. They have their third social event at Harry’s Bar in Langton’s where it starts at 7:45 p.m. All are welcome to this free session of traditional Irish music by local artists.

There is a Winter Wonderland cabaret and a party night at the Beaujolais Wine Bar. The Bollard-based outlet will see Kilkenny’s Ciaran O’Neill reprise his role as Captain Anchor starting at 8 p.m. Expect fun, color and fun in the form of hits from Madonna, Shirley Bassey, Frozen, The Pogues, Etta James and Smash the Musical as a DJ set takes you to the end.

At the same time, John Blek returns to Ryan’s Bar. The Cork-based singer and songwriter is influenced by folk music from Ireland, the UK and the US.

While the Pumphouse hosts Garage Gigs with Amber & The Bear. Kilkenny’s superb street jazz sextet has performed at Electric Picnic and many other festivals. They will be joined on the bill by Sweet Freedom, Swordfist, Out of Habit & The Wah.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and Trevor Hutchinson team up to play Home Rule Club.

But if you’re looking for blues rock, note that Waterford trio Delta Dogs play at Ryan’s Bar starting at 10:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Conahy Shamrocks GAA will host a meet and greet with an agricultural entrepreneur who has made waves as a singer and performer. Marty Mone is best known for his song Hit The Diff which he wrote while working on a shovel and truck. An instant hit on YouTube, the track put it in the spotlight, and it has since followed with Slip the Clutch and an album. He will be there to meet the local fans from 3 p.m. with his Bullnose truck and his merchandise. Tickets cost € 5 or pay € 15 more to see it in concert the same evening.

In Kilkenny City, Willie Maher will perform at the Home Rule Club bar.

DJ Welshy is at Morrisson’s Nightclub from 10 p.m. The young Threecastles producer is one of Ireland’s fastest growing DJs with groundbreaking remixes that have been used by a number of international names including Kygo & Don Diablo. With over 20 million hits, it is highly sought after in theaters across the country.

If a mix of rock’n’roll, classic rock and blues is more your thing, then Ryan’s Bar is the place to be starting at 10:30 p.m. with music from The Presidents.

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