The Sofa Sessions presents from Athens, Georgia - KENOSHA KID
9pm / No Cover Charge
Dan Nettles - guitar
Roland Fidezius - bass
Cormac Larkin - drums
“The Irish chapter of US guitarist Dan Nettles’ Kenosha Kid franchise blew the doors off the Bray Jazz Festival with their winning blend of killer grooves and loud guitars… artfully blends surf rock and contemporary jazz with college radio and a country twang”
The Irish Times
“The sort of boundary-leaping creative jazz most listeners identify with the big-city scenes of places like Brooklyn, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Post-everything instrumental music embracing beautiful melodies, compelling rhythmic glue, and jazz-informed improvisation. This band take chances, but never EVER loses sight of what makes music interesting: melody, rhythm, and texture. Is it jazz or some kind of miracle of modern rock music? Yes, it is both. Think: the simple soulful melodies and deep grooves of Booker T and the MG's, but armed with the lush harmonic language of Wayne Shorter and a rhythmic vocabulary beyond 1-2-3-4.
Well known throughout the southeastern USA, Kenosha Kid made recent appearances in Germany, Ireland, and Canada, often enlisting the additional help of like-minded fellow musicians.
In 2020, the European formation of the group makes a return to Ireland and features Dan Nettles, Berlin bassist Roland Fidezius (the fierce Lemmy-like low end from Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask) alongside Dubliners Shane Latimer (guitarist of OKO, Outerspaceways Inc. and arch-minimalists) and Matthew Jacobson (the percussive genius behind ReDiviDeR, Insufficient Funs and Clang Sayne).
Based in the humid indie-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, guitarist/composer/bandleader Dan Nettles has supplied the world with his own unique blend of modern-jazz-meets-college-radio for over a decade. In 2004, Nettles formed Kenosha Kid with these principles: build a scene, write for people you know, and listen to your creative heart regardless of music idiom. Starting with the release of Projector , Kenosha Kid has succeed in this, providing a steady string of remarkable content in a variety of formations (from trio to ten-piece) and flavours (from silent film scores to sci-fi influenced future-music).
The newest album, Outside Choices  picks up where 2015's Inside Voices left off.
The melodies are haunting, the grooves are devastating, and the band continues to expertly serve jazz purists, indie-rock hipsters, and funk loving jam fans alike.
Billy Byrnes is a family run tradional Irish bar and first opened its doors in 1954. We are centrally located in Kilkenny City, just around the corner from the train and bus station.