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 BIOGRAPHY

A traditional Irish folk and ballad band, The Kilkennys are noted for their dynamic arrangements, energetic performances and charismatic rapport with audiences across the globe.

 

Picking up the mantle left by acts such as The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers, the 4 piece group continue to conquer tour circuits in Europe and the U.S. In the past years The Kilkennys have shared the stage with renowned Irish artists such as Shane McGowan, Sharron Shannon and Finbar Furey. Continuing their hectic tour schedule 2016 saw the band perform on the main stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest - the largest Irish Festival in the world.

 

“The Kilkennys are a great band upholding the Irish Folk/Ballad tradition with a contemporary style. Matching the passion &

stories with these songs. The Kilkennys live is a fantastic show

- Barry Stapleton, Milwaukee Irish Fest

 

The band was established between schoolmates and began touring the length and breadth of Ireland in 1998. In 2008 they decided to name themselves ‘The Kilkennys' after their beloved home, Kilkenny City. Now based in South East Ireland, the group have evolved through the years and are anchored by founding members Davey Cashin (vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, whistles), Tommy Mackey (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), long time member Robbie Campion (banjo, guitar, madolin, vocals) and newest member Mick Martin ( bodhran, uilleann pipes, low whistles, guitar, vocals).

 

After releasing their live album and DVD ‘Meet The Kilkennys’, Radio and TV appearance soon followed, which included RTE’s Late Late Show, where they preformed their single ‘Shine on Kilkenny’ , an original song released to coincide with Kilkenny winning All Ireland hurling final for a forth year in a row, a sporting celebration also headlined by The Kilkennys. Their much acclaimed studio album ‘The Colour Of Freedom’ (2014) features a mix of original material and well known ballads like 'Rocky Road to Dublin’ and ‘South Australia’. The strong connection between the band and their music is showcased in this album, with compelling musicianship and pristine vocal harmonies.

 

Seeking to preserve their status for re-introducing Irish folk and ballads to a young audience while capturing the hearts of the more seasoned traditional music lover, The Kilkennys embark on their new show featuring new material, set to be released later in the year. The bands popularity continues to grow with every energy filled, toe tapping and hand clapping night of entertainment.

Band Members

Robbie Campion

Hailing from Durrow, County Laois, Robbie Campion plays an array of instruments including guitar, mandolin and banjo and he sings with The Kilkennys.
Robbie is a champion banjo player and is well known for his performances with Camross Comhaltas – a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann which is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.
One of the most recognised features of The Kilkennys is their vocal abilities and strong harmonies. Robbie has a big part to play in this and gets great credit for his vocals on songs such as Red is the Rose and Working Man.
Like the rest of the band Robbie is a big GAA enthusiast and follows soccer just as much. Growing up he played on many teams and proved to be a great performer on the pitch. However, his attention soon shifted to music and his performances on stage have since surpassed those on the pitch.

Guitar / Banjo / Mandolin / Vocals

Davey Cashin

Davey Cashin brings a huge list of traditional Irish instruments to the sound of The Kilkennys, including banjo, mandolin, guitar and Irish whistles.
A passionate musician, Davey's musical influences include the Clancy Brothers, the Wolfe Tones, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and The Dubliners. Growing up in Ballyfoyle, County Kilkenny, Davey was surrounded by Irish music from an early age. His father Adrian is well known in Kilkenny as an entertainer and great banjo player. It is no wonder Davey mastered his chosen instruments at such a young age.
Like his band mates Tommy and Robbie, Davey is a huge Kilkenny hurling fan and his own sporting achievements included winning many provincial and national handball titles. However, his main passion has always been music and this is evident through his performances with The Kilkennys.

Guitar / Banjo / Mandolin / Whistles / Vocals

Tommy Mackey

On bass guitar, Tommy Mackey brings a wide range of influences to the band and his distinctive style of bass playing and high harmonies are synonymous with The Kilkennys sound.
Together with Mick Martin on percussion, Mackey, helps to provide the thumping backbone to The Kilkennys distinct sound.
With a CD collection that includes everything from Christy Moore and the Wolfe Tones to U2 and Snow Patrol, Tommy is an ardent supporter of all kinds of Irish music and brings many new styles to The Kilkennys.
Tommy comes from Gathabawn, County Kilkenny, and formed the band with Davey Cashin during their school years at St Kieran’s College.

Bass / Acoustic Guitar / Vocals

Mick Martin

Hailing from County Wexford Mick Martin is the newest and youngest member of The Kilkennys. With an extensive background in traditional Irish Music ha adds a new dimension to the group playing the traditional Irish Uilleann Pipes, Bodhran, and Low Whistles. 

Mick began playing music in his local Comhaltas Ceoltoiri at a young and kindled a real love of music when he took up the Bodhran. He had great interest and passion for the Uilleann pipes was lucky enough to receive lessons from the legendary Ned Wall, Ned had a massive influence on Mick's music and continues to be. 
Mick musical tastes range from traditional Irish music to pop rock genres such as Fleetwood Mac and The Police, but his biggest influences and idols in the Irish music scene are Davy Spillane, John Joe Kelly, Brian Finnegan and John Doyle, to name but a few.

Bodhrán / Whistle / Uilleann Pipes / Guitar / Vocals

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