Ken the Kilkennys?

The Kilkennys
The Kilkennys

Ireland’s most exciting young folk and ballad group, the Kilkennys, kick off their Scottish tour this month.

They perform the great Clancy songs with an excitement and authenticity which brings audiences to their feet time and again.

The band was formed by brothers Dave and Adam Cashin and fellow pupil Tommy Mackey while they attended St Kieran’s College, in Kilkenny, Ireland.

They were then joined by Robbie Campion.

The band are, of course, named after their beloved home town and the name change to The Kilkennys marked their departure from the pub scene to some of the best venues in Ireland.

Their live album and DVD ‘Meet The Kilkennys’ received much acclaim and their second album The Colour of Freedom was released on May 25.

Now minus Adam, the quartet are concentrating on building their fan base.

Dave said: “ Thanks to the likes of Mumford & Sons, our music became cool again. And the last few years have been really successful.”

The Kilkennys Scottish tours visits Motherwell Theatre on June 19 at 7.30pm; tickets £16 on 01698 403120.

Rothes Hall, Glenrothes, June 12, 7.30pm, tickets £18 on 01592 611101; Falkirk Town Hall, June 13, 8pm, £18 on 01324 506850; Webster Theatre, Arbroath, June 14, 7pm, £16 on 01241 435800; Eden Court, Inverness, June 17, 8pm, £17 on 01463 234 234; Motherwell Theatre, June 19, 7.30pm, £16 on 01698 403120; Aberdeen Lemon Tree, June 20, 8pm, £16 on 01224 642230; and Paisley Town Hall, June 21, 8pm, £14 (£12) on 0300 300 1210.