Kildare Culture 2021 - Come Back

A festival of live and streamed shows that took place during October 2021 from intimate venues

Kildare Culture 2021 - Come Back

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Arlene hails from Sallins, Co. Kildare and as a recording artist, she has embraced country music in a way that has gained her much recognition. After taking a lengthy break from the music business, Arlene is back on stage doing what she loves best. Her band 'Bailey' is making an impact on the country rock scene, having recently released a new album with a number of original songs direct from Nashville.

Amy Rowlett

Twenty three year old Amy Rowlett grew up in Newbridge, County Kildare and attended the Holy Family Secondary School. Amy has been singing since a very young age and has participated in many competitions throughout the years. In 2019, Amy performed for the Voice UK coaches, Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs, Jennifer Hudson and Will.I.Am. Amy appeared on Realta Agus Gaolta with her father, Adrian in 2020 performing The Fields of Athenry. Throughout the years, Amy’s singing has gone from strength to strength with her recent single ‘Sutton Bay’ written for her by Newbridge man Tony Kirwan reaching number one on the iTunes pop charts in January of 2021.

Megan O'Neill

Megan O'Neill is a Kildare singer-songwriter. The 30-year-old has just released her second solo album, Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty, on which she “rebrands” her sound and image. A rising star in the country scene.


Sive is a songwriter and musician who was recently dubbed 'one of the most inspiring and exciting artists of our time' by Female First UK. Combining haunting, multi-layered vocals with delicately woven musicality and an undeniable charm, Sive has carved a truly compelling style of alt-folk that is not afraid to differentiate from the norm.

Bell X1

Bell X1 are an Irish band, the members of which are Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty and Dominic Phillips. Formed in 1999, they have released 7 studio albums, 4 of which having been nominated for the Choice Music Prize. Over the past 2 decades they have become somewhat of a national treasure, and are recognized as one of Ireland’s most popular live performers. They are known for their versatile musical palette, lyrical dexterity and catalogue of popular singles. Their albums vary in sound and style, their range taking in pop, alternative, indie, hard rock, post-punk, acoustic, lo-fi, folk-rock, ballad, synth-pop, new wave and electronica. 

Paddy Casey

As one of Ireland's most acclaimed live artists, Paddy has headlined Irish festivals, Dublin Castle, played a week-long residency in the Olympia Theatre, performed his own headline concert in the RDS, has supported many top names worldwide including U2 and played live on The Late Show with David Letterman. Paddy's debut album, Amen (So Be It) went multi-platinum and his next album; Living went at least eleven times platinum in Ireland which has made it one of the top selling Irish albums ever.


JyellowL learned from his Jamaican grandfather how to be himself in a world that wants to force you down a particular path. Born of Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in Ireland, the Dublin-based rapper has drawn on all three original to create a distinctly powerful sound that is radically individual. The lyricism JyellowL delivers cuts to the heart of issues that are at once deeply personal and urgent on a global scale, driving political change right now.

Tebi Rex

Matt Ó and Max Zanga are two young Kildare-based boys who have been building a fine head of steam in Irish music under the umbrella of the Word Up Collective over the last couple of years with influences derived from the zeitgeist intersection between trap, R&B and DIY pop. Tebi Rex have launched their much anticipated debut album “The Young Will Eat The Old”, a collection of songs split into 3 acts, following the concept of the rise & fall of celebrity – tastefully twinned with a greek mythological spin.



MayKay (Mary-Kate Geraghty) is a TV presenter and musician. After initially finding fame as the frontwoman of indie-punk band Fight Like Apes, she went on to join Le Galaxie and perform solo. She is also a regular presence on our screens hosting music shows like Other Voices and Imbolc, the recent RTÉ special that featured an all-female Irish line-up including Emma Langford, Erica Cody and Wyvern Lingo. Given her job, MayKay has seen more gigs over the last year than most of us can dream of - about 50, she reckons - but she's desperate for proper nights out to return and is so excited to be hosting Kildare Culture's Comeback series of live and streamed shows


Christy Moore

10 October, Moat Theatre Naas

Paddy Casey

10 October, St. Patricks Church Ireland Newbridge

Bell X1 (Acoustic-ish) 

9 October, St. Patrick’s Church Ireland Newbridge

9 October, St David’s Church Naas

Bailey with supporting act Amy Rowlett

8 October, St David’s Church Naas

Megan O'Neill

7 October, St David’s Church Naas


14 October, St David’s Church Naas


15 October, Moat Theatre Naas

Tebi Rex

16 October, St. David’s Church Naas

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