Gospel Festival 2016



Kilkenny Gospel Choir were delighted to welcome back, in 2016 as Guest Director of our Festival.    MarkAnthony has been involved in music, entertainment and arts for over 30 years. He is an accomplished pianist, singer and musical director that has worked with the “Who’s Who” in virtually every genre of music.

Early in his career, he honed his performance skills while touring and performing with many greats including The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Late Grover Washington, Jr., Pieces of a Dream, and many others.  Gospel is home base for him, which led to him to serving as a musician and director for Gospel great, Hezekiah Walker and the Legendary Cissy Houston.

He has been included in projects including the Grammy Awards, and Stellar Awards. With performances alongside Donnie McClurkin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Winans, The Clark Sisters, Dottie Peoples, Richard Smallwood, Marvin Sapp, Vickie Winans and several others.

He arranged and completed backgrounds vocals on the Grammy Award Winner, “Jah Is Real” by reggae music’s number one man, Burning Spear and has made musical contributions to several other leading artists. He is a teacher and music master for Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens and The Mama Foundation for the Arts and overseas most of their stage and television appearances.

As a musical director for David Letterman’s Late Show Gospel Choir, and musical Coordinator for The Harlem Gospel Choir, he arranged music for the singers and musicians including overseeing many international tours.

Mark has been conducting gospel music workshops for over 10 years. With forums worldwide, he has become one of the go to people for Gospel music instruction.

Mark is the Executive Director for the newly formed New York City Gospel Choir, which was initially presented in concert with gospel great, Richard Smallwood and has a host of international engagements for the upcoming year.

Two Weeks to go

Ja Ronn ThompsonWell it’s only 2 weeks to the beginning of the Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival.

The schoolchildren’s workshop on Friday 14th is Sold Out, so be sure to book you places for Friday night and Saturdays Workshops with Ja Ronn Thompson.

Keep an hour free for the performance on the Kilkenny Parade at 4pm on Saturday, and bring your walking shoes for a unique Musical Walking Tour of Kilkenny on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Tickets on the door for the Closing Concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday at 7.30pm

Kilkenny International Gospel Festival 2013

We are pleased to announce further details of the Kilkenny Internation Gospel Festival for 2013

14th—16th June

A weekend with Ja Ronn Thompson, the Director and Founder of the San Francisco State Gators

14th Workshop: “How to Sing Gospel Music”

15th Workshop: “New Music –New Moves”

Workshop: “ Inspirational Gospel”

Followed by Plaza Concert

16th Sunday 11am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral

2-30pm Musical Walking Tour of Kilkenny City

7-30pm Evening Concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral


27th & 28th July


Mississippi Gospel Choir

Performing at St.  Mary’s Cathedral

12 Noon Mass Saturday and Sunday




Dr. Eddie Jones & the Alabama University Gospel Choir


Returning for a second year.

A weekend of Music, Workshops and Friendship (details to be announced)

Sunday Concert in St. Mary’s Cathedral (details to be announced)





Dates Announced For 2013 Festival

We’re delighted to announce that the second annual International Kilkenny Gospel Choir Festival will take place in Kilkenny city from 13-16 June 2013. We’re currently in the process of finalising the 2013 festival programme and will be posting updates when we have them.

With the dust well and truly settled on our first festival, we’ve got more workshops, performances and international choirs planned for 2013. If you want to get involved, get in touch today.

Adrian Fro Johnson Confirmed For Festival

We’re delighted to announce that Adrian ‘Fro’ Johnson will attend and perform at this year’s Kilkenny Gospel Choir Festival. A renowned gospel rapper in the US, this will be Fro’s first appearance in Europe and we’re thrilled that his European debut will take place at this year’s festival.

Take a listen to Fro Muzik on MySpace to get a sample of Fro’s work.

Dr Eddie Jones To Lead Festival Workshops

We’re thrilled to introduce Dr. Eddie Jones as one of our festival workshop leaders for this year’s Kilkenny Gospel Choir Festival.

Eddie W. Jones is an educator, performer, and conductor who has influenced many lives. He studied at the University of Memphis where he earned his D.M.A. He received his Master of Music degree from Miami University (OH) and his B.A. degree in Music from Tougaloo College.

In his present employ as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Jones teaches Voice, Choral Methods, and conducts both the UA Concert Choir and the UA Inspirational Singers. His voice students have been winners in both the State and Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions, the former of which he is a past President. Some of his students have also been winners at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition. Over 95% of his students go on to teach in the music profession or choose to go on to prestigious graduate schools in music.

Additionally, choirs under Dr. Jones’ direction have toured across the U.S. and taken performance tours to eastern and western Europe and Asia, including a spring 2007 trip to China by the U of A Inspirational Singers. During that tour the singers had the privilege of performing at the famous Beijing Concert Hall. Dr. Jones has guest conducted, adjudicated choral festivals, conducted master classes, and presented worship seminars both nationally and internationally.

Some of the major choral works Dr. Jones has conducted include compositions by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bernstein. He has prepared choirs for performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahm’s Requiem, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 in collaborative orchestral concerts. Recently, the UA Concert Choir was chosen as the chorus to perform in the University of Arkansas Opera Workshop’s presentation of Suor Angelica.

Today, Dr. Jones maintains an active research agenda. He has written articles on hymnist, Charles Price Jones and the musical arrangements of 20th century artist, Roland Hayes. His recent research on Black Gospel Music has resulted in his development of the copyrighted dramatic presentation, The Gospel Feast, which is used to inform the public about the history of Black Gospel Music.

Profile from University of Arkansas

Grayson Warren Brown Confirmed For Festival

We’re delighted to announce that Grayson Warren Brown has been confirmed as one of our key workshop leaders for the inaugural Kilkenny Gospel Festival, taking place in Kilkenny City from August 30th to September 2nd 2012.

Grayson Warren Brown is an internationally known liturgical composer, author, recording artist and speaker. He has published six collections of liturgical compositions, including “Been So Busy”, “Halfway Home”, and “If God Is For Us”. His latest release is “Greatness and Glory Are Yours” , which includes the award winning hymn, “Come To The Water”.

Grayson began his liturgical ministry in the late 1960’s in a small inner-city parish in New York City. It was there that he learned how significant an authentic and spirit-filled experience of worship can be to those in need of hope. Forty years of experience working with multicultural parishes throughout the United States and abroad, have given him a unique insight into the power that good liturgy can instill in people of all races and cultures.

Grayson is now dividing his time between writing, composing, and traveling the country presenting workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions and revivals. His down-to-earth approach to liturgy and scripture, coupled with his dynamic speaking style, have made him one of the most sought after presenters in the United States today.

You can find out more about the work that Grayson does in the US and internationally by visiting his website at graysonwarrenbrown.com