Our Bands & Resident DJ's

The Kilkenny's

The Kilkenny's are one of Ireland's finest groups of young balladeers. Renowned for their incredible musicianship and vocal abilities, The Kilkennys have gained a reputation for revitalising traditional Irish music and adding their own touch of youth and energy. Forming at a very young age, over the last 14 years The Kilkennys have toured all over Ireland and have taken their music as far afield as Las Vegas, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

The Kilkenny's

The Gathering by The Kilkenny's

Go Lassie Go live @ Matts

Whiskey in the Jar Cover by The Kilkenny's

DJ Eddie Hughes

Eddie has been djing since 1996 and has covered many events over the years, he is renowned for his energetic and enthusiastic mix of music to suit all ages.

DJ Eddie Hughes

Eddie @ Matt The Millers

DJ Eddie, Live at Matts every Monday Night

DJ Eddie Hughes

Late Bar - Party Night with DJ Saturday 17 November 10pm - Late
Late Bar - After Dark & DJ Eddie Hughes » Monday 19 November 10pm - Late
Late Bar - After Dark & DJ Eddie Hughes » Monday 26 November 10pm till late

After Dark

Exhilarating, exciting, engaging, evoking – these are just some of the words used by their many fans and friends alike to describe the After Dark experience. And this superb reputation rings through every performance of this award winning band.

A first time attendee to an After Dark performance should prepare to be amazed. The band have that certain “je ne sais quoi” that evokes the audience and attracts their return time and time again. The quirky rhythms and mix of soulful sounds, eclectic classics and swinging hits will have you on your feet instantaneously.

Over the past few years, the After Dark stage show has been enhanced by adding new members to keep the ambience fresh and contemporary. A combination of unrivalled musical talent, close harmonies, incredible vocal ability, energy and the desire to entertain makes this a spectacular not to be missed.

One if the best party bands to ever grace the Irish music scene, After Dark blow a breath of fresh air into an already congested market. And with a combination of over four decades of experience between them, these four passionate musicians really have to be heard to be believed. Founder of the band Ciaran Duffy describes the performance as extremely enjoyable and entertaining.

After Dark

After Dark Highway to Hell Cover live @ Matts

After Dark - Sweet Home Alabama Cover live @ Matts

After Dark - July cover @ Matt The Millers

After Dark

Late Bar - After Dark & DJ Eddie Hughes » Monday 19 November 10pm - Late
Late Bar - After Dark & DJ Eddie Hughes » Monday 26 November 10pm till late

Wallop The Cat

John and Matt have been gigging on the ballad and trad scene for many years. John spent most of his time on the London and UK music circuit. Matt has played mostly on the Irish circuit. Since joining forces in 2001 they have covered most of Ireland and travel to the UK frequently. There music can only be explained as Irish ballads, trad and folk with a twist of american country.

Genre: Ballads, Folk, Trad

Wallop The Cat

Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Wednesday 14 November 6.00pm - late
Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Thursday 15 November 6pm - Late
Wallop The Cat - Traditional Irish Music » Friday 16 November 6pm - Late
Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Monday 19 November 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Wednesday 21 November 6pm - Late
Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Thursday 22 November 6pm - 9.30pm
Traditional Irish Music Session » Friday 23 November 6pm - Late
Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Saturday 24 November 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Traditional Irish Music - Wallop The Cat » Monday 26 November 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Matt's Traditional Irish Music and Ballad Session » Wednesday 28 November 6pm - Late

Away With The Fairies


Hailing from Waterford City, these three young men bring you a fine selection of Irish music and song. Ranging from bawdy ballads and bittersweet laments, to intricate instrumentals, all delivered with a passion and authority beyond their years.

Check out their Facebook page here.

DJ Brian Hennessy

Brian began his Dj'ing career in 2000, and is a regular fixture at Matt The Millers. Brian prides himself on his music selection and ability to read and entertain a crowd, no matter what size. Professionalism and experience go hand in hand with Brian and a great night is always guaranteed.

DJ Brian Hennessy

An Irish Summer by DJ Brian Hennessy

Pete Fagan

Pete Fagan is one of the best Irish male vocalist on the scene, with his unique ability to make a song his own he is definitely the one to sing your first dance, with over twenty years experience in the music industry Pete has played with numerous well known Wedding and Corporate Band’s in the South East. Pete is also a prolific song writer and has performed on stage with artist’s such as Kt Tunstall, Bryan Adams, Christry Moore, John Martin, John Spillane, Mundy, Sharon Shannon, Aslan, and Snow Patrol just to name a few.

Pete is a regular fixture on the Matt The Millers calendar .

Pete Fagan

Pete Fagan Queen of Hearts

Pete Fagan Brightside

Damien Carroll


Damien Carroll has being gigging in Matt the Millers for the last two years. His sets include varied music from the likes of Tom Petty to Bruce Springsteen right up to odern greats including Cold Play, U2 and Daft Punk. He regualarily fills in for Pete Fagan on a Thursday Night and starts his set from 10pm interacting with crowd and getting them into a real party mood before resident DJ Eddie Hughes keeps the party going to the wee hours of the morning. Damien is also a member of Epic who regularily play at Matts

Damien Carroll

Late Bar - Damian Carroll, followed by DJ Eddie Hughes » Thursday 15 November 10pm - Late
Late Bar - Live Music with Damian Carroll, followed by DJ » Thursday 22 November 10pm - Late

The Electrix

The Electrix are an up and coming band from Portarlington. They are a 4 piece band, and really know how  to get the party started. You can find them here at Matt The Millers Bar & Restaurant on a regular basis. Have a look at our gig listings for their next show.

Check out their site here.

Ruaile Buaile

Ruaile Buaile are a young Irish based four piece modern day band featuring Trad, Pop and Folk music from Offaly in the heart of Ireland.

The four friends Niall (vocals and guitar), Arthur (fiddle and banjo), Shane (vocals and bass) and Jack (Cajun and banjo) formed in 2011, and have been gaining support from music fans and festival goers across Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, and America to date, with interest from festival organisers in Sweden, Austria, Australia.
From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high energy ground thumping celtic beats with a little irish charm and flare these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow.



 Abbeyfolk has been going since the 1980's. It is a 5-piece Ballad Group from the midlands of Ireland. A great live band, full of energy and up for the craic.

Abbeyfolk are a fine example of real Irish musicians from the heart of Ireland.They have clocked up thousands of miles playing all over the country in some great towns and pubs. They have supported such acts as The Fureys, Wolfe Tones and Don Maclean.

For more information about Abbeyfolk, see their Facebook page.


Live Traditional Irish Music with Wallop The Cat » Friday 30 November 10pm - Late

Panic Animal


Panic Animal are an award winning band, who place a huge emphasise on creating a party atmosphere and keeping the dance floor full. With years of experience, Panic Animal know how to entertain with their huge range of music!

Their fantastic lead female vocalist, accompanied by a range of live instruments, offers a fantastic range to our ensemble allow them to cover a large spectrum of  songs. Ranging from wedding classics to all your classic rock / pop old and today’s hits.

Mongrel State

Dublin-based rootsy rock n' roll outfit Mongrel State are Mongrels in both name and nature, with a lineup boasting four different nationalities and a widely eclectic approach to their music - Rock, Western and a host of other styles are put through the wringer -  with honkytonk pianos & fourpart harmonies sitting side-by-side with New Orleans grooves, electric guitars and even the odd inflection of a synth, all underpinned by taut, inventive songwriting.
2016 has been a busy year for the band so far, launching their debut album in January, they have already appeared on the likes of the Ray D'Arcy show on RTE1 Television, and had their single "Stray Dogs" playlisted on national radio.
They are currently continuing to build on their reputation for electrifying live shows, touring up and down the country to enthusiastic audiences, building up towards the summer festival season, when they will be playing in such events as Knockanstockan and, in what is bound to be a highlight of the summer, The Kilkenny Roots Festival - where the band will be delighted to be included in a lineup of such amazing local and international talent.
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The Fenians Play Ireland


Enjoy A Mix of Irish Folk and Rock & Roll with The Fenians

For nearly two decades now, The Fenians have delivered their potent mix of traditional Irish folk and good old rock n roll all across the USA and Ireland. With an ever expanding set of original creations, as well as contemporary and traditional tunes plucked from the panoply of the genre, these five lads put on a live show that is second to none. Their foundation is decidedly Celtic, but there is no mistaking the complimentary influences of Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, and World music.


Join us on 11th November, when The Fenians play here at Matt The Millers.

The Domino Effect


The Domino Effect are an exciting four-piece cover band based in the Kilkenny / Tipperary area. The Domino Effects commitment to entertain is second to none and their live performances leave crowds panting for more. Comprised of talented and experienced musicians.

The Domino Effect are proud to have gained the reputation as one of the best live bands on the circuit. With an extensive set-list, the band never fails to impress their audience and each performance is delivered with the utmost commitment and professionalism.

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