Interview: Dietmar Leibecke of The Static Roots Festival "At AUK we’ve mentioned before a couple of the newer and smaller festivals which have been popping up in recent years. Dietmar Leibecke from Germany, a towering figure on the European Americana circuit (in all senses of the term), is getting increasing recognition for the popularity of the music festival he started in 2016 – Static Roots. A nicer and more self-effacing individual you’d probably also be

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"His talent is shining brighter with every album" === Playing in remembrance of the late great Willie Meighan, we are very happy to add this brilliant songwriter and performer to the line up of the Static Roots Festival 2019: === John Blek Bio Ever prolific Blek has released his fourth solo studio album in as many years. Entitled Thistle & Thorn it was recorded between Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Louisville, Kentucky during the early part

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The Midnight Union Band Willie Meighan. The Boss. A legend in the Irish Music scene, organiser of the Kilkenny Roots Festival, owner of Rollercoaster Records (Kilkenny) - "the happiest little record shop in the world", one of the kindest and gentlest person you could ever hope to meet. When this legend of a man, who left a lasting mark on the heart of everyone he met, died way too young in late 2017, we decided

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The Stephen Stanley Band Their album "Jimmy & The Moon" instantly won us over. Top songwriting, killer melodies, jangling guitars, amazing harmonies, some straight rockers, some beautiful ballads.  At the same time Stephen Stanley's "The Troubadour's Song" became my farewell song for the great Willie Meighan. We can't wait to have The Stephen Stanley Band perform at the Static Roots Festival 2018. === Update: 29th May 2018 The Stephen Stanley Band will be joined by

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A tip of the hat to a total legend The always excellent Kilkenny Roots Festival was the biggest inspiration to finally initiate the Static Roots Festival. To me Willie Meighan, one of the organisers of the KKR, has become the face of the festival, he is the heart of the Kilkenny Roots family and the driving force of the Kilkenny music scene. Many of the amazing acts that I got to know through Willie, played

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