Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST
Prize-giving for this year's Green Acres Open Submission Exhibition takes place in the Green Acres gallery this Saturday, February 17th @ 3 pm. Exhibition features over 50 artists and 140 pieces and continues until March 16th.

Books by Wexford-based authors ...

Red Books Press has issued a revised copy of Cllr Fionntán O Suilleabhain's book Towards the Mountains of Liberty: 1798. Available at its stores in Wexford and Gorey.

Displaced Cavan man, Kevin McDermott, recently launched his new book A Legacy of Memories at Wexford Book Centre. He had the hand worn of him signing copies of the book at the recent Cavan launch. Who says Cavan people are 'mane'! If you know Kevin, you don't need me to tell you that he a talented lad - musician, storyteller, comic, poet and actor. 'Time of the Corncrake' is the title of his autobiography written in 2004. A few years back he released an album entitled 'Musical Gems from a Button Box'.

Volume 5 of Fascinating Wexford History by Des Kiely is now available at The Book Centre, Wexford. Talented writer, photographer, researcher and all-round nice guy is Des.

The Folklore of Wexford by Michael Fortune is probably no longer available in all good Wexford book stores given how quickly it was snapped up.

Aileen Lambert's new songbook ‘O Were I at the Moss House’ is now available. It costs €12 and is available at Aileenlambert.com.

There were some excellent poetry books by Wexford posts in the past year including the bi-lingual Púcaíocht by Mary O'Brien and Our House, Delirious by Margaret Galvin, along with books by John Cooney and Wexford Women Writing Undercover editor Deirdre McGarry. There are still a few copies of the Álanna Hammel edited Wexford Bohemian Issue #5 available from Red Books.

Mick Carty has just launched "Sportsman Mick: A Lifetime in Local Sports" and it is available at Red Books.

Gorey girl Éire Ní Fhaoláin's new leabhar filíochta is available from The Book Café, Gorey.

For traditional music lovers, New Songs From Old Stories - New Piping Pieces & Ballad Airs by Sandie Purcell (book and cd). It consists of newly composed airs with the piping pieces performed by our own Mark Redmond, and the songs by some of our top singers. Available from Na Píobairí Uilleann.

The best broadcasts from the last five years of RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany have been collected and published in a single volume by New Island, including writers like Joseph O'Connor, Louise Kennedy, Marina Carr, Donal Ryan, Manchán Magan, Lisa McInerney and, from Wexford, Colm Tóibín, John Banville and Tom Mooney among others. It was nominated for an Irish Book Award and recently won TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year.

Agus Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann ag teacht i Samhradh 2024, it's good to see South East Radio getting in the spirit le clár dátheangach cheoil traidisiúnta, a bilingual trad music show, entitled ‘The Heather Blazing’. The presenter is Senan Lillis from Cooraclare, a man with a great knowledge of traditional music and song, a long paid-up member of the County Wexford Traditional Singers. The show goes out Sundays (7pm to 8.30pm). Pity the station does not make the programme available in its online archives.

Ranganna Gaeilge / Irish language classes continue at Wexford Arts Centre. Contact Brian Ó Cléirigh on 087 6241579.

Conradh na Gaeilge Guaire meets up 10.30am Wednesdays and Saturdays in Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey. Agus maidir le C na G i mbaile Loch Garman, they meet Wednesdays at 11am in Harpur Eleven on Peter's Street (with another group meeting 12 noon directly after at nearby Red Books) agus beidh an ciorcal comhrá gach Céadaoin 8-9.30pm i High Meadows Community Hub, Clonard, Loch Garman Y35 CXC6. Cruinníonn grúpa eile i sráidbhaile Droichead an Chaisleáin (Café an Mhuilinn) 10.30 ar maidin dé hAoine. Bíonn slua eile cruinnithe le chéile i gCill Téile / Kiltealy - The Thatch, 8pm an Aoine dheireadh de gach mí. Bíonn ciorcal comhrá i Leabharlann Ros Mhic Thriúin on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 2pm.

Couch to Comhrá in 6 Weeks is an Irish language challenge from Gaelteanga (www.gaelteanga.com) that seeks to encourage people to take up the learning of Irish again. This interactive online course costs €10.

Irish language classes take place in Red Books Wexford and Gorey. Email alannahammel@gmail.com.

Creative Hub off North Main Street, Wexford houses some of our top artists and craftspeople. Includes The Makers House (full of fab Wexford arts and crafts).
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. Weekends the gallery exhibits outside around the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
Green Acres Gallery, Trimmers Lane, Wexford. Open Submission Exhibition continues until March 16.
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford.
Big Barn Art & Antiques, Mayglass (Eircode Y35 VH05). BBA&A is well worth a visit in its own right with its beautiful grounds, sculpture and antiques. Open every Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm and midweek by appointment.
Pigyard Gallery, Wexford.
Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy - Stardust + Silver Screens is the title of a new art exhibition by local Wexford artist Lauren Breathnach. Runs until Feb 24.
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare. 
The Gaslamp Gallery, Gorey has a good selection of local, national and international artists.
Cockleshell Art Room Duncannon open Sundays 11am-5pm.
Wexford Co Co HQ. Have a look at the
Wexford County Council art collection online
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner.

Still on visual art, there are three Wexford artists with exhibitions in Dublin at the minute; make that four if Dun Laoghaire is included: Serena Caulfield is at Solomon Gallery, Olivia O'Dwyer is at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Anne Ryan is at Templebar Gallery and Mary O'Connor is part of Artnetdlr’s group show CONVERSATIONS WITH TREES at Walters of Dun Laoghaire (https://artnetdlr.ie/artnetdlr-group-exhibition-conversations-with-trees/).

Other Arts/Culture Listings
Keep an eye on the following sites for happenings at Wexford's top tourist destinations and events at the county's main venues.
Lantern Presents
Gorey Events Guide
Slaney News
Wexford's Storytelling Houses

Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events

Event Listings
Residencies/regular week-to-week gigs:
Jaspers Restaurant, Monck St, Wexford - Sharon Clancy/Amy Penston with Terry Byrne on keys - Thursdays at 8pm
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford has live acoustic music every Tuesday (Jilly Cox) and Thursday (9.30pm), and a weekly Sunday Session (6pm).
Maggie May's Pub, also on Monck St, has live music weekends, including an early folk/trad session Sundays.
Centenary Stores, Charlotte St, Wexford - live acoustic music Friday nights and a classy brunch-time trad session Sundays (12.30pm). Summer and busy weekends during the year there may be live music early afternoon Saturdays.
Bugler Doyle's, South Main St, Wexford - music midweek and weekends.
The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford - trad session Wednesdays; monthly Song Room session with Basciville and guests Sundays (6.30pm); occasional visiting acts.
The John Barry, The Quays, Wexford - weekend acoustic music.
Casey's of Wexford, Wygram, Wexford has live music pretty much every night of the week (early and late) including trad/folk on Thursdays (8pm) and both early and late weekend gigs. Occasional visits by musicians from the USA.
Paddy Blues, Gorey - live music weekends
Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Gorey has 'Live Friday' gigs and acoustic music on Mondays. 
French's Pub, Gorey - good for a session.
Stamp’s Bar, Ennscorthy has trad sessions on Friday evenings.
The John Barry, Paul Quay, Wexford – ballads/trad from 8.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, acoustic music Saturday and Sunday nights.
Colfer's, Carrig on Bannow. Live music every weekend.
Camross Hall - dancing the first Friday of every month.
Carrig on Bannow Community Hall - social dancing Friday nights.
The Porterhouse, Castlebridge - live music weekends
Jordan's Pub, Ballindaggin - live music weekends
Quigleys of Kilmore - live music weekends
Coast Hotel, Rosslare Strand - live music Mondays (trad/folk) and Thursdays-Sundays
The CoalBunker Bar,  Ballykelly (Rosslare Road) – live music Fridays
Most of the hotels have live music in their lounges at weekends.  

Latest listings:
Feb 23,24 (nightly 8pm) The Wake by Tom Murphy presented by Bridge Drama, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €18.50+fees. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/bridge-drama-present
Feb 23,24 (nightly 8pm + 2.30pm Feb 24) Druid’s The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey and presented by Druid, National Opera House, Wexford. Directed by Garry Hynes. Tickets €30-20. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/druids-the-shadow-of-a-gunman
Feb 23 (8pm) Connaught Brass (chamber music), St Iberius Church, Wexford. These lads and lassies make one helluva sound. Expect to hear everything from renaissance music to re-workings of modern classics. Presented by Music for Wexford. https://www.musicforwexford.ie/whats-on-1/connaught-brass
Feb 23 (8pm) Wexford Traditional Singers, Mary's Bar, John's Gate St, Wexford. A monthly coming together of Wexford's bards and minstrels.
Feb 24 (9pm) Dave Lofts & SAND, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Feb 25 (4pm) Gavin Glass, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Feb 25 (7.30pm) An evening of music with Enniscorthy Gospel Choir, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. Under direction of Anita Mahon. In aid of Wexford branch of Parkinsons Association. With soloist Emily Furlong and musicians Greg Semla, Rory Cooper and Eddy Blake. Tickets €20.
Feb 26-March 1 Volta Theatre Company presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare, National Opera House, Wexford. 2 shows a day: 10AM and 1PM
Tickets: €20 per student / teachers go free. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/volta-theatre-company-presents
Feb 28 (7.30pm) 100 Years of Puccini presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National OperaHouse, Wexford. With Celine Byrne soprano
Noah Stewart tenor and Vitali Alekseenok conductor. MC is Liz Nolan. Tickets €50-20. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/rte-concert-orchestrapresents-100-years-of-puccini
Feb 29 (7.30pm) Martina Byrne plus guests, Red Books, Peter's Sq, Wexford. The guests include Declan Turley, Dara Murray, Lisa Maher, Margaret Galvin. Mick Egan on sound. Donations to Grantstown Daycare Centre.
March 1 (7.30pm) Les chemins de l'amour - The Pathways of Love, Green Acres Gallery, Trimmers Lane, Wexford. Soprano Hannah O’Brien and pianist Rebecca Warren perform popular arias by Dvořák, Mozart, Puccini and the songs of Poulenc, Stanford and Strauss. Tickets €20/10 from eventbrite.
March 1 (8pm) Breathe - Pink Floyd Tribute, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30/27. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/tom-keating-presents1
March 1 (8.30pm) Clancy's Kitchen perform the music of The Clancy Brothers, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €25. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873641623
March 1 (9pm) Alice & James McIntyre with Michael Murphy, Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford. €10.
March 2 (5pm) Every Bird Song In Ireland with Seán Ronayne, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Ornithologist and wildlife sound recordist Seán Ronayne is on a personal mission to record the vocalisations of every bird species in Ireland. Tickets €12.50. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873643483
March 2 (7pm) ADMONITION written and directed by Luke Spellacy Shaw, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873640898
March 2 (7.30pm) The Ukrainian Ballet of Peace presents Sleeping Beauty, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €33/26. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/the-ukrainian-ballet-of-peace-presents
March 2 (8pm) Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote with an interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode “Sing a Song of Murder”. National Opera House, Wexford. SOLD OUT.
March 2 Jarlath Regan (comedy), Crown Live, Wexford. SOLD OUT.
March 3 (2pm) Dublin City Choral Union, St. Mary’s Church (C of I) Enniscorthy. The group, comprised of over 100 singers, performs some well known music including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and much more. 45 minutes duration. No adm fee but there is a retiring collection.
March 3 (5pm) Irish National Opera presents a concert performance Richard Strauss's Salomé, National Opera House, Wexford starring Wexford's own Sinéad Campbell-Wallace. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/irish-national-opera-presents1
March 5-9 (nightly 7.30pm) New Ross Musical Society presents Fiddler on the Roof, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Directed by Derek Shannon. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873651393
March 5 (8pm) GIOVANNI - Let Me Entertain You (dance), National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €51-€55 + Facility Fee VIP: €120 + Facility Fee. Whatever! https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/giovanni-let-me-entertain-you
March 6-15 South Leinster Drama Festival, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. https://www.goreytheatre.ie/upcoming-events/2024/2/11/south-leinster-drama-festival-2024
March 8 (8pm) Patrick Feeney Live In Concert, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/patrick-feeney-live-in-concert
March 8 (8pm) Piatti Quartet, Grantstown Abbey, Grantstown Road Whittyshill, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. Performing Mendelssohn Quartet Op.12; Moeran Quartet in E flat; Charlotte Harding Iorsa; Dvorak Quartet Op.96 "American". A Music for Wexford concert. https://www.musicforwexford.ie/whats-on-1/piatti-quartet
March 9 (8pm) Gediminas Karkauskas - If I Were a Bell (jazz), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Lithuanian jazz pianist and composer Gediminas Karkauskas, accompanied by drummer Julian Fenton (ex Duran Duran) and Julie Walkington 'bring audiences on a deeply connective musical journey of jazz favourites.' Tickets €18/16. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873640698
March 9 (8pm) The Shadow Of Freedom 1 & 2 Double Screening, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. This double-bill is based on real events that took place in Enniscorthy during the Irish War Of Independence and The Irish Civil War. Adapted from book by same name written by Maria Nolan. Tickets €10.
March 10 (8pm) Eddi Reader, National Opera House, Wexford. The instantly likeable and always brilliant, even if she doesn't sing that song! https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/eddi-reader
March 12-22 (7.30pm nightly) New Ross Drama Festival, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tel 051-421255. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873656331
March 14 (7.30pm) The Mersey Beatles: A Hard Day's Night, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30 + fees. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/the-mersey-beatles
March 15 (8pm) George Murphy & The Rising Sons, National Opera House. Tickets €33 + fees.
March 15 (doors 8.30pm) The Ed Sheeran Experience, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Ticekts €20 / early booking €18.
March 15 (8pm) Frankie Gavin and De Dannan + Tulua, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
March 16 (8pm) Rock Rising - Supreme Classic Rock Show, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €27.50 + fees. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/rock-rising-supreme-classic-rock-show
March 16 Bailey Laughs presents Martin Angolo, Bailey Bar, Enniscorthy. Tickets from tickets.ie.
March 16 (8pm) Ben MacCaoilte - Lifting the Gate (poetry), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. The bilingual poet / An file dhátheangach is joined by award-winning songwriter Patrick Stefan. Tickets €18/15. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873642743
March 16 (9pm) Red Hot Copy Peppers (Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tribute) x Renegades of Funk (Rage Against the Machine Tribute), Crown Live, Wexford. Book online: https://www.universe.com/events/red-hot-copy-peppers-x-renegades-of-funk-tickets-0GN6V5?ref=universe-discover
March 22 (7.30pm) Stephen Sondheim Music & Lyrics: A celebration presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. Vocalists Louise Dearman, Holly-Anne Hull, Bradley Jaden and Jeremy Secomb. Conducted by Michael England. Presented by Aedín Gormley, RTÉ lyric fm. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/stephen-sondheim-music-lyrics
March 22-29 (nightly 7.30pm) Wexford Drama Festival, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/wexford-drama-festival
March 22 (8pm) Onóir Live in Concert, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. https://www.goreytheatre.ie/upcoming-events/2024/3/22/onoir-live-in-concert
March 23 (7.30pm) No Hassle With Support From The Spudguns, Sygh, And Fakehouse, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Adm €10.
March 23 (8pm) Campbell Jensen, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Ashley Campbell (daughter of Glen) and Thor Jensen marry Americana with gypsy jazz. Tickets €20. Tel 087 2770659.
March 23 (8pm) Bruised Orange - John Prine Tribute, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873642310
March 26 (8pm) A public reading of The Polished Trunk by Reenagh Mc Call, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Presented by Wexford Arts Centre in association with Four Rivers. Directed by Katie McCann. Recounting the experiences of a returning first world war soldier to a new mythic Ireland, following the Rising that has happened in his absence. As his WW1 allies around the world are celebrated, he is shunned and essentially cancelled as he returns from a foreign war to a National one.
March 27 (8pm) Declan Nerney live in concert with guests John McNicholl and John Hogan, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873651282
March 29 (8pm) Wallis Bird, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €30. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873641740
March 29 (8pm) Pat and Faye Shortt - Knuckle down!, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Tickets: https://patshortt.com/buy-tickets/
March 30 (8pm) Irish singer/songwriter Andy Irvine, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873641826
April 2 (8pm) A Night with the Country Stars, National Ould Opry House, Wexford.
April 4 Christy Moore, National Opera House, Wexford. SOLD OUT.
April 4 (8pm) 'Neil By Mouth' Neil Delamere (comedy), St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873652583
April 5 (8pm) Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin: Where is my Mind?, National Opera House, Wexford.
April 6 (8pm) Remembering Joe: The Joe Dolan Show With The Dolan Family Band, National Opera House, Wexford.
April 6 (8pm) Emma Doran: Dilemma!, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25 + fees.
April 6 (8pm) Aslan with Lee Tomkins, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Presented by Lantern. https://lantern.ie/event/aslan-4/
April 7 Ultimate Eagles, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30 + fees.
April 12 (8pm) Putting On The Ritz with Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats featuring John Nolan, National Opera House, Wexford.
April 13 (8pm) Anne Gildea - How to Get the Menopause & Enjoy It, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €21 + fees.
April 13 (8pm) Derek Ryan with guests Lisa McHugh & Louise Morrissey, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30 + fees. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/derek-ryan-live-in-concert
April 13,14 Page to Stage Festival, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Two nights, five new plays. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873643399
April 16 (8pm) The European Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. With award-winning soloist Cyrill Gussaroff (trumpet). Tickets €20. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873649039
April 18 (7.30pm) Ben Portsmouth: This is Elvis, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €35 + fees.
April 19 'Neil By Mouth' Neil Delamere (comedy),Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets from https://lantern.ie
April 28 (3pm) Mikkel Ploug Trio, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Jeppe Skovbakke on double bass and Sean Carpio on drums, the threesome have often toured and recorded with musicians such as Mark Turner and Loren Stillman. Mikkel's album “Faroe” was selected for the category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album” in the 2018 Grammy Awards. Tickets €18/16. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873642539
May 3-6 Rockin' Food & Fruit Festival, Enniscorthy. https://www.rockinfoodfestival.ie
May 10 (8pm) George Colligan Quartet, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. George Colligan, Darren Beckett and David Redmond are joined by Belgian saxophonist Stéphane Mercier. Tickets €16/14. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873641050
May 11 (8pm) Pat and Faye Shortt - Knuckle down!, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. Tickets: https://patshortt.com/buy-tickets/
May 16 (8pm) Muldoon's Picnic, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Poetry, prose and music from Paul Muldoon and Rogue Oliphant with Donal Ryan, Síle Denvir and Nithy Kasa. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873643486
May 18 The White Horse Guitar Club, National Opera House, Wexford. Presented by Lantern. Tickets €25. https://lantern.ie/event/white-horse-guitar-club/
June 8 (8pm) John Bishop (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Ticekts €38. Presented by Lantern. https://lantern.ie/event/john-bishop/
June 14 (6.30pm doors) Park Live: The Coronas, Min Ryan Park, Wexford. Tickets €48 from https://lantern.ie/event/the-coronas-8/
June 15 (6pm) Park Live: The Tumbling Paddies, Min Ryan Park, Wexford. Tickets €35. https://lantern.ie/event/the-tumbling-paddies/
July (dates tbc) Kilmore Seafod Festival, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. https://stellamariscentre.com/seafood-festival/
July 18-21 New Ross Guitar Festival, New Ross. https://www.facebook.com/NewRossGuitarFestival
July 18 (7.30pm) Muireann Bradley plus John Walsh, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Muireann is a 17 year old finger picking guitar player & singer from County Donegal. She performs Country Blues & Ragtime Blues from the 1920s & 30s, also Folk, Roots and Americana. John Walsh is Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873656256
July 20-28 Art in the Open, Wexford's plein air festival, Wexford town and other areas in the southeast. https://www.artintheopen.org
July 20,21 Gorey Market House Festival, Gorey. https://www.facebook.com/goreymarkethousefestival
July 26-28 Leo Carthy Weekend, Our Lady's Island, Co Wexford. Dates TBD https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069557421635
Aug 3 Breakwater Festival presents Dec Pierce and Block Rockin Beats, The Marquee, Ferrybank, Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556012312595
Aug 4-11 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2024, Loch Garman/Wexford. https://fleadhcheoil.ie
Aug (date tbc) Gap Arts Festival, Ballythomas, Co Wexford. https://gapartsfestival.com
Sept (dates tbc) Blackstairs Blues FEstival, Enniscorthy. https://www.facebook.com/blackstairs.blues
Sept 25-29 New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross. https://www.newrosspianofestival.com
Sept 27-19 Write by the Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. https://writebythesea.ie
October (dates tbc) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford town. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com
Oct 18 - Nov 2 Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford town. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/2024-programme

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Wexford Walking Tours
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Get on the South Wexford Craft Trail
Want to see a different side to Wexford, one of quite industriousness? Get your hands on a guide to the South Wexford Craft Trail. This is a collaborative project involving ten nationally-known crafts men and women living locally – some native to the area, others drawn to this unique and inspiring region from elsewhere in Ireland. Sponsored by Wexford County Enterprise Board and the Crafts Council of Ireland this attractive Trail Guide takes the traveller through the rich and pastoral South Wexford countryside, with the sea shore never far away, on a tour of small-scale studios where visitors are warmly welcomed by their owners. The South Wexford Craft Trail was conceived with the aim of creating an opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ behind these successful enterprises, those who have made South Wexford the hotbed of creativity it is today. Further info: Patricia Howard Cowley. Email pathowcow@gmail.com

SXSW - Intro/Promo pack with hundreds of tracks

Good English website dealing in Americana

NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
The NY Times Magazine looks back on the past year from its favored perch: ideas. They have searched out "noteworthy notions of 2009 — the twigs and sticks and shiny paper scraps of human ingenuity ... the most clever, important, silly and just plain weird innovations ... from all corners of the thinking world".

Listen to connected.ie's online radio.
www.connected.ie online radio

Treasure trove of old African music (RSS - streaming)

Blog with some tasty African tracks from the vaults.

Bluegrass Sessions in Dublin
For anyone heading to Dublin for a weekend there is regular old time American country and bluegrass provided by Bill Whelan and friends at The Cobblestone, Smithfield Square every Saturday from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Also the 2RN String band perform on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm in J. McNeill’s Bar, Capel Street, Dublin.

saggyrecordcabinet.blogspot - another one for lovers of old time American country and bluegrass

Rural TV on Sky 279
Checkout Sky channel - 279 for ‘Rural TV’ - broadcasting for 24 hours a day, is an American station with a mixture of programmes on farming, cowboy culture, tractor racing and - here’s the interesting bit - Country Music. ‘Bluegrass & Backwoods’ is a daily show about Kentucky- horses, making dulcimers and Bluegrass music. ‘Country Gathering Reunion’ features around 20 old Country singers sitting around talking about the 'Good Old Days Of Country' whilst ‘Gospel Gathering’ is pure Gospel Bluegrass with many excellent groups. Porter Wagoner & Wilburn Bros TV shows from the 1960's and early 70's are repeated throughout the week. ‘Pop Goes Country’ features Ralph Emery and an array of 1970s country. There’s also the Marty Stuart Show with Earl Scruggs, Rhonda Vincent, Leroy Troy and Nashville Mafia Jug Band with Eddie Stubbs as MC.

Wexford Libraries - loads going on!
Check out the Wexford Libraries website to see what is happening at your local library. They have a busy schedule in place:
Wexford Libraries Website

Listen online to some classy flat-pickin'
Flatpicking Guitar Online

grapewrath.blogspot.com - great for folk/bluegrass/old time

croz.fm - one for music completists

Rainy day online activities for kids with weansworld.org
Here's a nice little website which should keep the children occupied in their idle moments. There are games, jigsaws, pictures to colour in, and stories including a good five part cartoon adventure about Cúchulainn. http://www.weansworld.org/

See Wexford in 2min 55secs with music by the Submersibles
Definitely something in the water in Wexford these days. See how it's affected Andi McGarry and his compadres:
Speedy Ramble through Wexford landscape with music by the Submersibles

Neil Young Live in Concert 1968
It's 1968 and Neil Young is about to release his self-titled debut solo album. Here he is in front of a full house (to his surprise!) playing some of the songs that would go on to make him a household favorite. Even though that was40 years ago the recording has only now been made available. Hear it here in its entirety.
North Carolina Public Radio"

The latest happenings on the Irish music scene ... Hotpress
Skip James sings Worried Blues (YouTube)
Classic video recording of
Skip James singing Worried Blues.

Kristin Hersh, LIVE - free downloads
If you like Kristin Hersh visit
this site where, with the blessing of the former Throwing Muses woman herself, you can download, in various formats, live tracks. If you like what you hear, you are welcome to make a donation at the kristinhersh.com tip jar.

check out www.bluehighwaystv.com
www.bluehighwaystv.com is an excellent source of music and information. It's the only TV network available today that holds a deep connection and commitment to bluegrass and roots music. From bluegrass and folk to gospel and blues, BlueHighways TV states it has always remained true to all facets of this great musical genre. Their programming showcases the artists and venues that have helped to fuel the passion of roots music fans throughout the world

Listen! Music while you work - Josh Ritter
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter - full album streaming

Listen! Music while you work - IMC
Improvised Music Company's online music player (12 tracks). Style: World, jazz, alternative.

Wonderful slide show from The New York Times
Check out this lovely slide show from The New Tork Times with the title
Faces Of Africa.

All the action is not necessarily going down in Wexford. See what's happening in the neighbouring counties.
Munster Express Weekly Ents Page for Waterford
Munster Express Arts Guide
Waterford Today Guide
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Whazon Guide to Kilkenny
Carlow's Eigse Festival
Tinahely Arts Centre
Mermaid Arts Centre
New Music Club, Clonmel

1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival Video
Extract from the
1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival featuring some beautiful old time playing and singing. Approx 9 mins long.

See old-time music film footage on the web
Check out
folkstreams.net where you can watch short extracts from the various Alan Lomax (and others) documentaries and films that include footage of old time musicians etc.

Fantastic Bluegrass Documentary with Music
What a find! If you have broadband check out www.madisoncountyproject.org and go for one of the videos under Video Builds on the right. 25 minute video of (mainly) singing traditions in Madison County, North Carolina, with input from
Sheila Kay Adams and various other singers plus interviews with (and film clips from) John Cohen [of the original New Lost City Ramblers - Tom Paley who plays Wexford Hooves 'n' Grooves Festival was also a member].
Thanks to Richard Hawkins of Bluegrass Ireland for bringing this to our attention.

Alan Lomax Archive Launched on the Web
The Alan Lomax Archive is pleased to announce the culmination of its seven-year effort to preserve and disseminate the work of one of the 20th century’s foremost folklorists and musicologists, Alan Lomax. Lomax recorded and nurtured the careers of Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and other legends; his recordings of many more obscure artists have been featured in works such as O Brother Where Art Thou?. Alan Lomax believed in a principle he called “cultural equity,” the need for all cultures to be equally represented in the media and in the classroom. Through years of comparative research on folk song style, he drew a convincing parallel between natural and cultural ecology which underscores the importance of preserving our intangible oral heritage. Alan Lomax believed it was imperative to return traditions to their home sources and artists, a strategy he called “cultural feedback.” In that spirit, on April 22, 2005 The Alan Lomax Database will go online; also, over the next ten months, the Association for Cultural Equity, which administers the Alan Lomax Archive, will send digital copies of audio and video recordings and photographs by Alan Lomax to a number of libraries and archives in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe so that they will be available locally to people in or from the regions in which they were originally made. The Alan Lomax Database, www.lomaxarchive.com, is a multimedia catalogue of the audio and video recordings and photographs made by Alan Lomax from 1946–1994, as well as of recordings made by few of his colleagues. It will also ultimately include some of the older collections of audio recordings made by Lomax on behalf of the Library of Congress, which have been transferred and remastered using cutting-edge technology. Developed and built by personnel and consultants of the Alan Lomax Archive, the Database features 25 collections and thousands of recordings, which have been preserved, digitized, and cataloged over the past several years with funds from the Rock, Concordia, Rockefeller, Richmond, and Grammy foundations, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. The Alan Lomax Collection on Rounder Records is a multi-series, 100+ CD collection of folk music and narrative drawn from Alan Lomax’s international field recordings. For more information go to www.rounder.com/series/lomax_alan/

Great American Festivals - Great Holiday Idea!
'Music Heritage Trails in America's Southern Highlands' organises holidays based around top American festivals. Co-ordinated by American and Worldwide Travel of Tunbridge Wells as well as organising a package to MerleFest in April, there are various very attractive offers being put together which will take in a string of other festivals such as the Ralph Stanley Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Smith Ridge, Virginia in May; Wayne C. Henderson's Music Festival (Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia) in June; Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Music Festival, and Doc Watson Music Festival (both in North Carolina) in July; Carter Family Memorial Festival and Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention (both Virginia) in August; Music In The Mountains Festival, in North Carolina in September; and Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (Virginia) in October. Each itinerary has been planned to present as much of the rich character and musical heritage of the region to visitors, so there are daily trips to important places such as The Carter Fold and A.P. Carter Museum as well as chances to attend local hoe-downs and opportunities to meet sparkling personalities such as banjo picker extraordinaire, Raymond Fairchild at his Maggie Valley Opry. Beautifully illustrated brochures have been produced giving full details of the various packages and can be obtained by e-mail: info@awwt.co.uk or by phoning to 01892 511894.

Join the Music Maker Association!
The Music Maker Association supports independent songwriters, performers and record labels with a number of initiatives from internet and magazine publicity to live performances through showcases, festivals and CD distribution? Their website has a selection of members CDs with audio tracks, a Directory of Performers, Clubs, and Businesses, an on-line store and Web Radio. Log onto www.tradmusic.net visit some of their associated sites and consider becoming a member so that they can help to promote your music. Also under the Music Maker banner is The Independents CD Catalogue – so if you have produced a CD and have no distributor then this could be the answer for you. The printed catalogue is mailed to CD buyers and record stores together with a compilation disc and followed up by personal calls. The catalogue is also on line and achieves sales world wide. To view the catalogue click on the ‘On-Line Store’ logo on www.tradmusic.net As a member of the MMA you can have a page profile on the web free of charge, or they can register your own address and design a website with audio linked to the Music Maker Web which gets thousands of visitors every month telephone 0207 424-0027 or visit www.magnet-publishing.co.uk

Links to a selection of recommended sites
Here's a few from that list:
Wexford Races
Whitford House Hotel
Padraig Grant
Michael Londra
Pierce Turner
Bui Bolg
North Wexford Tourism
Gorey Little Theatre
Wexford Language School
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