Interview with – Static Roots Festival 2018

Just recently we did an interview with Declan Culliton from

From the introduction:

With the summer festival season looming and given the quality of events on offer, it’s time to make those difficult decisions of which ones to consider. Unfortunately, with the exception of Kilkenny Roots, there are not too many choices at home for festivals catering for the Americana, Roots and Hardcore Country followers, resulting in the prospect of trips to the U.K. and further afield to seek out the kind of acts that hit the Lonesome Highway sweet spot. Oberhausen in Germany is the location for the Static Roots Festival, one that we will most certainly be returning to after attending the festival last year for the first time.

Germany is becoming a target market for many Irish acts with John Blek & The Rats, Anna Mitchell Band, The Midnight Union Band, Malojian, Luan Parle, Shane Joyce and Clive Barnes all having toured there in recent years, often playing to sell out venues. Static Roots is a festival that is attracting increasing numbers of punters from Ireland and the U.K, given the simple travel options available. It is also very much a punters festival, not overcrowded, impressive venue and surroundings, allowing easy access to the performers on stage and indeed off stage, as they mingle with the attendees between sets. Accurately described as a boutique festival, this year’s line-up includes Hannah Aldridge, The Cordovas, Anthony Da Costa, Charlie Whitten, Bennett Wilson Poole, The Stephen Stanley Band, Donald Byron Wheatley, Terra Lightfoot, Prinz Grizzley, Susto and our own Midnight Union Band. Lonesome Highway caught up with promoter Dietmar Leibecke, a passionate music follower and regular visitor to Ireland, to discuss the history of the festival, his motivation for staging the event and his ambitions for the festival going forward.”

Find the full interview here:

Thanks to Declan for the thoughtful questions!