The New Brass Kings & Rhythm Makers to take to the stage at Yulefest Kilkenny

This year Yulefest Kilkenny are inviting you to revel in the joy of live music. With live music performances, workshops and concerts!

Each weekend at Yulefest Kilkenny (from Saturday 25th November), the Yulefest Bandstand, will showcase live music performances covering a range of genres and ages. From local community groups, to rising talent and well-established local performers, free to the public performances take place at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm every Saturday and Sunday from November 25th – December 23rd.

Bands featuring on the Yulefest Bandstand in 2023 will include: The New Brass Kings, Code of Behaviour, Burnchurch, The Pinsetters, Harmania choir and lots more!! The Yulefest Bandstand is located on The Parade in Kilkenny city, alongside the Yulefest Christmas Market. A great free day out for all the family.

Visitors to Yulefest will also have the opportunity to take part in a musical workshop with acclaimed drummer Jeremy Hickey of R.S.A.G. This Rhythm Makers event will give participants an opportunity to enjoy a fun, relaxing and creatively stimulating drumming workshop. Taking place every Saturday from the 2nd – 23rd of December, on the Parade in Kilkenny city, these workshops will be broken into 3 age categories allowing all ages to find their space. 12noon (5-7 year olds), 1pm (8-12 years olds), 2pm (adults).

Rhythm Makers workshops are brought to you by Jeremy Hickey, a multi-instrumentalist, music educator, performer and producer from Kilkenny. With the stage name Rarely Seen Above Ground (R.S.A.G) Jeremy has been making waves since 2008. Renowned for his seriously explosive live sets and the debut double album release which received a five star review from the Irish Times and gained a Choice Music Prize nomination. His latest album ‘Chroma’ was once again met with high praise solidifying Jeremy’s reputation not only as one of Europe’s most impressive drummers but as a celebrated producer and a talented showman.

As well as a performer and producer, Jeremy is a passionate music educator, who has been teaching music to groups and individuals of all ages and abilities for almost a decade. Speaking about the upcoming workshops Jeremy Hickey said:

“These sessions will help develop unity and listening skills through active music making. Drumming workshops are a natural team building activity and promote inclusion, reflection, and mindfulness.”

Music on the Yulefest Bandstand is free. Workshops cost €3 + booking fee and must be booked in advance. A number of musical events and concerts will take place across the city and county throughout November and December. Find out more at

Yulefest Kilkenny is an initiative of Kilkenny County Council. Celebrating Christmas in Kilkenny, Yulefest brings festive cheer to the city and county with Christmas markets, family entertainment and special events!

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