Fusion Café Hootenanny: Alice and James McIntyre host a FREE trad/folk music session for all-comers at Fusion Café, Wexford this Sunday (12.30-2pm). Brilliant opportunity for novices to cut their teeth! Tea, coffee, brunch served. Note: the music session runs every Sunday through the Summer months. Every 2 weeks the focus is on trad/folk.

This week the National Cycling Championships 2017 is in Wexford Town this weekend. Behold the toned and tanned warriors of the road astride their €50k bikes. Despite knocking back 6000+ calories daily these lads look like they could do with a good feed of Carne spuds.

The Irish National Heritage Park continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a busy programme of events for the month of June. See full list of activities at www.irishheritage.ie

Field/Vintage days take place this weekend in Ballymitty, Boolavogue, Templeudigan, Courtnacuddy.

Gorey Cinema - showing a regular stream of top notch opera, ballet, musicals, etc.
Wexford Omniplex
Movies at St Michael's Theatre, New Ross

"Journey into the Unknown", an exhibition of photographs taken by Jim Campbell on his recent trip to Iraq and Syria opens at Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford on Thurs, June 29 @ 7.30pm. Guest speaker is Benjamin Blanchard, MD of SOS Chretiens d'Orient. The same exhibition opens at Bunclody Library on July 6.
"And Creatures Dream....A New Language" is the title of a two-venue exhibition at Wexford County Council Buildings, Carricklawn and Wexford Arts Centre. Opens on Saturday 1st July at 1.30pm at County Council Buildings. Guest speaker: Ruairi O'Cuiv, Public Arts Manager - Dublin City Council. All welcome, refreshments and brunch served.
The Blue Egg has a new exhibition About The House - with you in it!.
The Pigyard Gallery, Wexford has an exhibition entitled 'The Wind from the South' by Eithne Ryan.
Greenacres Gallery on Trimmers Lane has its Summer Exhibition in place.
The Collins-Grant Gallery can be found at Rowe Street, Wexford.
The Gaslamp Gallery is at Esmonde St, Gorey. www.thegaslampgallery.com
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is run by an artists' collective. Open 2-5.30pm, Tues - Sat. Always worth checking out.
The Cockleshell Art Gallery is at Main Street, Duncannon, Co Wexford. Now open 6 days (not Wednesday), 11.a.m. to 6.p.m. Cockleshell Art Gallery on Facebook

Co Wexford Libraries
There's a busy programme of lectures/workshops at our libraries. All events are FREE although pre-booking is recommended. For full details of events happening see https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/libraries for goings-on at all the libraries around the county.
Wexford Library monthly newsletter. Don't miss 'Do your local rivers, streams, lakes and coastal areas matter to you?' on Tuesday, 27 June @ 7pm. Learn about the natural waters of County Wexford from Ann Phelan, Community Waters Officer for Wexford with the Waters and Communities Office.

For latest info on upcoming shows, events and other attractions check out the following sites:
Read Slaney News Online: www.issuu.com/slaneynews

(Residency gigs listed at end.)
June 22-25 National Cycling Championships 2017, Wexford Town and environs. See the top cyclists on the island vying for top honours. Wexford County Council HQ in Carricklawn will be Race HQ for the event and the route will pass over Wexford Bridge and incorporate eight laps of a 20km circuit. There will also be family fun and other festivities on Wexford Quayfront to be enjoyed by all.
June 23 (7.30pm) Wexford's Scuola del Canto Libero, with guests Wexford Chamber Choir, St Iberius Church, Wexford. The programme includes Early Music, Classical, Irish, Gospel and songs from the Musicals. Adm €10/5.
June 23-24 (8pm nightly) Three By Tenn: An Evening of Tennessee Williams, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
June 24 (8pm) Wexford Sinfonia Summer Concert with guitarist Redmond O’Toole & RTÉ ConTempo String Quartet, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €20.
June 25 (12.30pm) Community Family Day, Templeudigan Park.
June 25 The Ballymitty Patron and Field Day, Ballymitty, Co Wexford.
June 25 (1.30pm) Courtnacuddy Vintage Day, Parish Grounds, Courtnacuddy, Co Wexford.
June 25 (2-6pm) Vintage Display and Model Exhibition, St Edan's Parish Hall, Ferns, Co Wexford.
June 25 (3pm) Boolavogue Patron & Field Day, Boolavogue, Co Wexford.
June 29 (8pm) Social Dancing with Tom Power, Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford.
June 30-July 2 4th July Irish America Fest, New Ross, Co Wexford. Emm. I wonder what they'll be up to on July 4 in New Ross! Food and Craft Fair, Funfair, Picnic in the Park, music stage. See www.facebook.com/irishamericaday and www.irishamericaday.com
June 30 - July 2 Wexford Maritime and Food Festival, Wexford Town. Focusing on Wexford's proud maritime tradition and showcasing the very best of Wexford food with the emphasis on the fruits of the sea. An action-packed weekend on Wexford's famous quay front with dramatic air-sea rescue demonstrations, sailing, rowing, raft racing, a spectacular stunt air display, a feast of Wexford's finest foods, formal banquet, fun BBQ and all day food demonstrations by Wexford's top chefs. There is also a Viking Village, Emergency Services Village, Kids Zone, Try it dock, Model Boat Village, a Classic lifeboat rally and lots more. www.wexfordmaritimefestival.ie
June 30 The Remedy Club in concert, Fusion Café, Monck St, Wexford. A first opportunity to hear songs from the new album which has been mixed by 5 time grammy award winning Ray Kennedy (Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams & Steve Earle) & Mark Petaccia (Jason Isbell & Lindi Ortega).
June 30 Culture Presents - 1992 & Georgia Tbilisi, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Culture was set up by two local DJ's John Clancy and Stewie Brennan at the end of 2016. The night aims at bringing a variety of House and Techno to Wexford. Since launching there has been two nights held in Wexford Arts Centre with acts such as, 1992, Robbie Murphy, Brian Hurley, Rowan McCleane, Shay Farrell and Dylan.
The third instalment features Georgia Tbilisi of Altered States Dublin and local techno duo 1992. Adm €5. Tel 053 9123764.
June 30 (8-10pm) Trad Disco, The Street, Wexford County Council, Carriglawn, Wexford. With DJ Conor Mac. Strictly U18. Presented by Craobh Loch Garman CCÉ.
July 1 (10am) 70th Annual Adamstown Agricultural, Horticultural, Trade & Vintage Show, Adamstown, Co Wexford.
July 1 (8pm) Between Your Love and Mine - A requiem by Leonard Cohen, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. In late October 2016, just two weeks before his death, Leonard approved the final draft of Between Your Love and Mine. Written and directed by John McKenna. Musical director is Aisling Carter. Featuring the voices of Eric Butler, Katie Jacques and Shane Sullivan. The band: Aisling Carter on keyboard, Lucy Deegan on cello, Annie-Rose Deegan on violin and David Deay on drums. Spoken word by Angela Keogh and John MacKenna. Tickets €16/14 from Wexford Arts Cenetre. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
July 1 Shedfest, Buffers Alley Arena, Wexford Rd, Ballinastraw Lower, Co. Wexford. Featuring Brave Giant, Kobi, No Hot Ashes. Tickets €20 from Wexford Arts Centre. Tel 053 9123764.
July 1 Bad Bax, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford. No cc.
July 2 Field Day, The Ballagh, Co Wexford (afternoon, following Patron)
July 2 Knights and Princesses Party at Wells House and Gardens, Ballyedmond, Co Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/wellshouseandgardens
July 2,3,5,6,7,9 "Torn Dreams, The Musical: Revamped!" Rathnure, Co Wexford.
July 2 (6pm) The Gleeson School of Music: A Little Taster, Jerome Hynes Theatre @ National Opera House, High St, Wexford. Tickets €12/10. Tel 053 9122144.
July 6-9 Kilmore Seafood Festival, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.
July 7 (8.30pm) Aimo & Diego, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Multi-instrumentalists with a sack full of happy tunes. Still, this one will be a hard sell. Tickets €10 from Wexford Arts Centre. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com.
July 7 (10pm) Dancing with Checkers, The Hall, Camross, Co Wexford. @8 (inc. tea).
July 8 (5-9pm) Social Evening @ Mary Teresa Redmond's, Millview, Foulkesmills, Co Wexford. In aid of Co Wexford Community Workshop). Live music, bouncy castle, etc.
July 8 (8pm) Wallis Bird, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Tickets €23 from Lantern.ie
July 9 Newbawn Field Day, Community Sports Grounds, Newbawn, Co Wexford.
July 13 Bannow & Rathangan Show, Killag, Duncormick, Co Wexford. One of the highlights of the Wexford Summer.
July 15 (8pm) Dirty Cello, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. "From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., (the band) Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!" Tickets €12/15. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
July 16 Craanford Vintage Rally and Field Day, Craanford, Co Wexford
July 16 Tullicanna Music Festival, Staffords of Tullicanna, Co Wexford. Music starts at 5pm. There will be a barbecue, Colcannon and oceans of porter.
July 20 (8pm) Zoe Conway and John McIntyre with the Coohe Bros, National Opera House, Wexford. A rare opportunity to witness a fusion of Persian and Irish traditional music. The Coohe brothers will introduce you to the Santoor (a trapezoid -shaped stringed instrument), Tombak (a percussion instrument) and Tar (a plucked string instrument). Zoë and John are one of the finest fiddle and guitar duos around. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9122144.
July 20 A Night with the Stars Summer Special, Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Tickets from Opera House. Featuring Declan Nerney, Red Hurley, Ray Lynam, Kathy Durkan, Joe Davitt and Michael Collins. Also The Keltic Storm Band. Tel 053 9122144.
July 21 (8.30pm) Billy Roche's 'Red Guitar Tour', Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. With Bill Doyle, (drums), Mike Odlum (multi-instruments). Tickets €16/18. Tel 053 9123764.
July 21 (9.30pm) Social Dancing with Teresa & The Stars, St Mary's Hall, Fethard on Sea, Co Wexford. Adm €8.
July 22 (8.30pm) Declan Sinnott with Vickie Keating, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €18/16. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
July 23 (8pm) David Gray, A Solo Acoustic Evening, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €51.45. Tel 053 9122144.
July 29 (8pm) The High Kings: "Grace & Glory", Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9480500.
July 30 (1.30pm) Field Day, PAddy O'Gorman's field, Carroreigh, Co Wexford.
July 30 Southeast Country Music Festival, Bannow Rathangan Showgrounds, Killag,Co Wexford. Featuring Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Jimmy Buckley, Cliona Hagan & Lee Matthews. Full food and bar service, picnic area, FREE childrens' entertainment and FREE parking. Accompanied children under 12 go FREE! www.SoutheastCountryMusicFestival.com
July 30 - Aug 3 (nightly 8pm) Buddy Holly Story, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. This is an amateur production featuring some of the finest musicians and actors in the South East our Buddy Holly is old school rock n' roll sharp shooter Cado who hails from Kildare and has released his first song 'Could you Dance'. Director James Power Musical Director Pat Murphy. In aid of Pieta House. Tickets €15 from Wexford Arts Centre. Tel 053 9123764. There is also a 2pm matinée performance on Sun, Aug 6.
Aug 2 (12noon and 2pm) Jeff and Elvis (children's drama/comedy), Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford.
Aug 4-7 Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival - www.rockinfoodfestival.com
Aug 11-13 Gap Arts Festival, Ballythomas, Co Wexford
Aug 12 (8.30pm) Freddie White, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Aug 13 Castlebridge Annual Show, Castlebridge, Wexford
Aug 20,21 (nightly 8pm) Daniel O’Donnell Back Home Again Tour 2017, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: €42.50 - €47.50. Tel 053 9122144.
Aug 26 Bree Barndance, Byrne's of Bree Grainstore, Bree, Co Wexford.
Aug 26 Waves Festival CANCELLED! The festival scheduled to take place at Loftus Hall, Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford has been pulled. http://www.wavesfestival.ie
Sept 9,10 ANNUAL GARDENING SHOW, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.
Oct 13-29 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival - http://wexfordspiegeltent.com

Oct 19 - Nov 5 66th Wexford Festival Opera - www.wexfordopera.com

Regular "Residency" Gigs in Co. Wexford
(Please contact all venues in advance in case of change in schedule.)
St Brigid's Hall, Clonegal hosts House of Song and Story 3rd Monday of the month (8pm)..
The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm)
T. Morris, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm)
Maggie May's, Monck St, Wexford - folk, trad (9.30pm)
The Loch & Quay Pub, Monck St, Wexford - folk, trad
White's Hotel (bar), Wexford - trad, folk (8.30pm) (9.30pm)
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - live music
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy - live music (9.30pm)
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - acoustic session (9.30pm). No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
Ár mBreacha House of Stories, Raheen, Ballyduff, Co Wexford. Happens the first Tuesday every month.
Social dancing with Eddie O'Hanlon, Askamore Activity Centre at 8.30pm. Adm €5.
Adult Ceili dancing (8-9pm), Screen Hall, Screen, Co Wexford
Thomas Moore Tavern, Wexford - trad/folk music (9.30pm) - Tel 053 9174688
The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford - Candlelight Sessions (not every Tues - always check beforehand!)
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - Americana music session (9.30pm). No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
The Bailey, Enniscorthy - 50s Jive Dancing class / social dancing (7.30pm beginners, 8.45pm advanced, followed by general dancing). Music by DJ Lew Boogie. Adm €5.
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - live music
The Porter House, Castlebridge - live music
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm) - ph 053 9144083
The Sky & The Ground, Wexford - trad, folk
Talbot Hotel, Wexford - folk, pop (9.30pm).
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - trad session (10pm)
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - ballad session
Seán Óg's, Kilmuckridge - social and country dancing (10pm) €6
Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge - social dance. Adm €5.
Corcoran's, Irishtown, New Ross - trad session
White's Hotel, Wexford - folk, trad (8.30pm)
Mackens, The Bullring, Wexford - acoustic session - ph 053 9122949
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - ballad session - ph 053 9123692
Maggie May's, Wexford - rock/pop covers
The Oak Tree, Foulksmills - TRAD session - 1st Friday of the month
Ryan's of Galbally - TRAD session - 2nd Friday of the month
Cushion's, Tagoat - TRAD session - 3rd Friday of the month
The Anvil, Ballymurn - TRAD session - last Friday of the month
Bolg Buì, New Ross, Co Wexford - The Last Friday Sessions (last fri of month)
Clonevan Old School House, Kilmuckridge/Ballygarrett - Tunes & Yarns on first Friday of the month. Adm €7/3 (incl refreshments)
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford - live music (Summer only)
Bugler Doyle's, South Main St, Wexford - folk, trad (9.30pm)
Talbot Hotel (bar), Wexford - live music (9.30pm)
John Barry Pub, The Quays, Wexford - acoustic/covers (10pm)
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - rock
Dbar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Wilson's Pub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - blues session. No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
The Anvil, Ballymurn - Irish Night (first friday monthly)
The Forge, Hilltown, Ballymitty - Session of music, song and story - last Saturday of each month. Starts 9pm.
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford - live music (Summer only)
The Sky & The Ground, Wexford - some interesting (late notice!) gigs happening there. Always check beforehand.
Thomas Moore Tavern, Wexford - live music (9.30pm) - Tel 053 9174688
Macken's, The Bullring, Wexford - Acoustic folk/rock - ph 053 9122949
Bugler Doyle's, South Main St, Wexford - folk, trad (9.30pm)
Mary's Bar, John's Gate Street, Wexford - folk, old-time (9.30pm)
Talbot Hotel (bar), Wexford - live music (9.30pm)
John Barry, The Quays, Wexford - acoustic/covers (10pm)
Farmer's Kitchen Hotel, Drinagh - live music (9.30pm)
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - pop/rock covers
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - rock
Dbar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Wilson's Pub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy - live music (10.30pm)
Corcoran's, Irishtown, New Ross - live music
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford - live music (Summer only)
Centenary Stores, Charlotte St, Wexford - trad, folk session (12.45pm)
Maggie May's, Monck St, Wexford - ballads, trad (9pm)
T. Morris Pub, Monck St, Wexford - evening blues session
Macken's, The Bullring, Wexford - pop, acoustic - ph 053 9122949
The Sky & The Ground Pub, Wexford - live music (8pm)
Talbot Hotel, Wexford - jazz session (2.30-4.30pm)
John Barry, The Quays, Wexford - acoustic folk (6pm)
Culleton's, Kilrane - trad session
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - pop/rock covers
Katie Daly's Bar, Gorey, Co Wexford - jazz session (6.30pm). No cc.
Temple Bar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar (6-8pm)
Dbar, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - Trad session
The Bailey, Enniscorthy - Sunday Session (5pm)
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - acoustic session (6pm & 9pm)
Benedict's Nightclub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock/pop covers + DJ (11pm)

There is also live music at weekends at the following venues. (Phone in advance to check/confirm.)
Slaney Inn, Oylegate - occasional trad music sessions.
64, Nell Sweeney's & O2 Nightclub, Gorey, Djs at weekends. Tel 053 9421260.
Harney's Pub, Ballyedmond. 053 9389249. Irish Nights, line Dancing, salsa dancing and C'n'W dancing.
Askamore Activity Centre has social dancing.
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - ph 053 9480500 (weekends including Sun, 6-8pm jazz. Also dancing midweek).
Talbot Hotel, Wexford - ph 053 22566 (Wed, Th, Fri, Sat).
Amber Springs Hotel, Wexford Road, Gorey - Tel 053 9484000.
Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy - Ph 053 9237800.
Millrace Hotel, Bunclody - ph 053 9375400.
Orphan Girl, Ballymoney, Co Wexford. Tel 053 9425308.
Courtown Hotel, Courtown - ph 053 9425210.

Listen while you browse: Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub

Download (free if you like!): One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali by Derek Gripper
Musician Derek Gripper's acclaimed new album
One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali is available for download. Pay what you want.

Wexford Walking Tours
Wexford Walking Tours run informative and entertaining historical tours of Wexford Town all year round. Meet at the Tourist Office on The Quays any day (except Sunday) at 11am; also daily tour (3pm) of Selskar Abbey meeting at An Tobar, Westgate. Tel 053 9175171 / 086 3526133 / 086 1079497.

Trax Music Store ... Now Online
Trax Music Store (St Aidan's, Wexford town) now have a virtual shop window via their website
www.trax.ie or www.traxmusicstore.com.

Storytelling in Co Wexford
For info on storytelling venues/events in County Wexford see

Beautiful zychadelic pop from Wales? Listen to Jonny now!
Listen to Jonny at
www.turnstilemusic.net then download their free ep.

Listen to Villagers now!
Listen to Choice Music nominated Villagers at
www.wearevillagers.com. If you like what you hear but the cd. (Note if you like this music you will love Wexford Ian Doyle's much anticipated cd - should be on the shelves in March.)

Listen to James V. McMorrow now!
Listen to Choice Music Prize nominated James V. McMorrow's latest opus at
www.jamesvmcmorrow.com then go buy the album. This is beautiful music.

One for lovers of old classical music records


Read books online for free!

Visit www.avidgroup.co.uk for budget price jazz cds
Want to build your jazz/lounge music collection? And do it on a tight budget? Check out

Discovering Drama
Drama classes for kids age 5 and up. See
www.discoveringdrama.com. Tel 087 6858457.

Wexford Hillwalkers
New members welcome. See

Visit pitchfork.com for latest music reviews
http://pitchfork.com for great music reviews.

The Ballet Academy, Wexford
The Ballet Academy has moved to the Youth Arts Studio, Pinewood Business Park, Wexford (beside Lidl). Under the charming and very experienced Dara Pierce students are assured of top class tuition and guidance. Weekly classes for ages 3-18 years. Tel 087 9871793.

Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com

One for World music completists:

The Story of Roky Erickson
Read about an album getting rave reviews in America and read the sad story of the guy behind it,
Roky Erickson. Then go visit one of the sites streaming the hypnotic track Goodbye Sweet Dreams.
Roky Erickson Website

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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