|Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST
The Wexford Bohemian
Submissions are now open for issue five of The Wexford Bohemian. Details at www.wexfordbohemian.com
Is minic a bhíonn daoine ag fiosrú faoi Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim nó chun feabhas a chur ar a cuid Gaeilge. / People often enquire about learning or improving their Irish. 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 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 Wednesday of every month at 2pm.
June 7 (2-3pm) Ciorcal Chomhrá, New Ross Library. For adults wanting to enjoy a cúpla focail with like-minded souls.
Green Acres Gallery, Selskar, Wexford. Currently hosting its Spring Exhibition.
Wexford Arts Centre: YOLK South East Technological University, School of Art and Design, Wexford BA (Hons) Art Degree Exhibition. Runs until May 31.
Pigyard Gallery has just changed hands but the good news it will continue to host great exhibitions.
Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Denise McAuliffe runs until June 10th.
Wexford Co Co HQ has Sift – a touring exhibition of new multi-media artwork by artists from east Ireland and west Wales commissioned by Ancient Connections. Runs until 19 May. Artists David Begley and Sylvia Cullen will give a guided tour on their works on Thursday 18th May at 3pm. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at the Wexford County Council art collection online
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare - intimate little gallery.
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. Current exhibition: E.I. Sanby's Manifestation of a Forest' Celtic Tree collection.
Cockleshell Art Room Duncannon open Sundays 11am-5pm.
Keep an eye on the following sites for happenings at Wexford's top tourist destinations and events at the county's main venues.
Gorey Events Guide
Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events
Residencies/regular week-to-week gigs:
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford has Jilly Cox Every Tuesday (9.30pm), acoustic acts every Thursday (9.30pm) and the 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 has a classy brunch-time trad session Sundays.
Bugler Doyle's, South Main St, Wexford - Thursday folk/trad session, weekend music
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), jazz on Fridays (6pm), blues on Sunday afternoon (4pm).
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, Wexford (quays) has acoustic gigs weekends.
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
June 2,3,4 Music Festival, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. With Niall Toner Band (Fri 8.30pm), Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman (Sat), Viper Central + Kiss My Grass (Sun). KMG is a free show. Adm to all other is €16. Tel 089 2770659.
June 2 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz) and (9pm) Acoustic Heart, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 2 (6.30-9.30pm) Summer Sessions Open Mic Night, Castle Delights’ Bakery & Café, Morriscastle, Co Wexford. First one of the year, featuring the usual mix of spoken word and music. Beverages and food served. Eir code: Y25RK30. Email email@example.com
June 2,3 (8pm nightly) From a Low and Quiet Sea written by Donal Ryan and presented by Decadent Theatre Co. 'Four souls. Each searching for something they have lost. Each trying to make sense of the road they have chosen.' Tickets - tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873634085
June 2 (8pm) Prodigal, a play by Andrew Carney, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Starring Jamie T Murphy and Paul Hughes. Bucket collection in aid of Pieta House.
June 2 Dancing with Stuart Moyles, Camross Hall, Camross, Co Wexford. Adm €10 'including the tea'.
June 2 Dancing to No Dance, Carrig Hall, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. (Seriously? Either there is no dance or the lads stay along one wall and eye the women along the far wall and, either with or without musical accompaniment, no one makes a move. This could catch on!)
June 2 (9.30pm) Karen Dunbar, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 3,4 Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Festival, Enniscorthy. Feast of entertainment to look forward to including puppet and magic show, demos, stalls, live music and ... DANCE. On Saturday afternoon at The Athenaeum a series of speakers address various issues relating to the natural environment including regenerative and organic gardening, naturopathy, conservation and the health of the oceans. The Market Square is at the heart of the action. https://www.facebook.com/enniscorthy.streetrhythms
June 3,4 Medieval Event at Sigginstown Castle, Co Wexford. Travel back to the Middle Ages with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in Ireland.
June 3-5 Hooked On The Sea Festival, Hook Head, Co Wexford. For World Environment Day on Saturday, Hook Lighthouse will be hosting talks on sustainability and environmental living 1-3pm. https://hookheritage.ie/events/
June 3 (7.30pm) The Simon & Garfunkel Story - 50th Anniversary Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets @26/24. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/the-simon-garfunkel-story
June 3 (7.30pm) Shedfest, Buffers Alley GAA, Monamolin, Co Wexford. Corner Boy, Frisky Gypsies, Off the Cuff + DJs. Full bar. Tickets €25.
June 3 (8pm) Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, olfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Tickets €16
June 3 (9pm) Rachel Decker and George Dimitrov (one half of the Oak Hill Drifters), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 3 (9.30pm) Dancing with Theresa and the Stars and special guest Rossi M, Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. €10.
June 4,5 Festival of Ferns, Ferns, Co Wexford.
June 4 (4pm) BC Blues, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 4 (7.30pm) Festival of Ferns: The Allabair Trio + Chord On Blues Choir, St Edan's Cathedral, Ferns. With Melanie O’Reilly on vocals, David Creevy on guitar and Brewen Favreau on Uillean Pipes/Low Whistle. Tickets €12. Supported by the EU's Ancient Connections project led by Wexford County Council and Pembrokeshire County Council (Wales).
June 4 Festival of Ferns Music Trail, Ferns, Co Wexford. Mega day-long festival music trail. Sooo much music with three main venues - Dunbar's, Doyle's and The Thatch. Acts include: songwriter Jimi Cullen, guitar maestros Richard King & Eddie Crean, the one and only ACKO, bluesman Dermot Byrne, veteran performers Brian Wall and Sean Mythen, Ó Ceallaigh, the ever-affable Shane Hurley, tradster Suzi Brooks White, Gary Davitt, Electric Finch, the sweet voiced Helena Dunbar, the very experienced Arthur Moynihan. And there is something called 'Ambassadors' Stories' running at intervals through the day. The Sweet Sorrows perform at The Courtyard at 10pm.
June 4 Wexford Remembers 1798 is holding a day of activities in Enniscorthy to mark the 225th anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion. Join local historian Owen Dunbar and archaeologist, Byron Jones at 10.30am on Vinegar Hill. Dr Kerron Ó Luain, author of 'Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798 - 1803', speaks at the 1798 Centre, Mill Park Road at 1.30pm. https://www.facebook.com/1798centre/
June 4 (5pm) Hooley in the Park, Gusserane O'Rahilly's GAA Club, Ballycullane, Co Wexford. Music by Corner Boy, Tulua and Trilogy, with a full bar and barbecue. Tickets €20 from eventbrite.ie/hooleyinthepark
June 4 (7pm) Move 23 (dance), National Opera House, Wexford. Presented by 2 Many Dance Moves, a dance, movement, and mindfulness School of Education established in 2008 by Becci Whelan. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/move-2023
June 4 (8pm) Viper Central, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Prepare for a right knees-up with a feast of old time country and bluegrass. Tickets €16. Kiss My Grass perform at 10.30pm. No cc.
June 4 (9.30pm) JMA, The Coalbunker Bar, Drinagh, Wexford
June 4 (9.30pm) Abbaesque, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €20.
June 5 Festival of Ferns, Ferns, Co Wexford. https://ancientconnections.org/2023/05/11/festival-of-ferns-june-5th-2023-everyone-welcome/
June 5 (11am-6pm) Normandy Food Market, Quayside, New Ross.
June 5 (3pm) 1798 Battle of Ross Walking Tour with historian Jim Sutton, New Ross. Start at Three Bullet Gate and finish at Tholsel.
June 5 (9.30pm) Monday Sessions, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 7-10 (various times) SPIN SPIN SCHEHERAZADE by Orla Barry, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. A live artwork performed by Einat Tuchman, Barry's longstanding collaborator. It blends autofiction and oral history to create a humorous and passionate monologue. The performance is rooted in an artistic form of ‘barefoot anthropology’, recounting Barry’s tenuous interactions with the land, farming, man, and animal. It reflects on the culture of disconnection from the natural world and the boundaries of art and the rural every day. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873636427
June 8-17 (nightly 8pm) The Last Stand written by Dominic Palmer and presented by Four Rivers Theatre Group, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. 'comedian Tom Hooks engages in a no-holds barred verbal joust with various callers to what, he has decided, is his final podcast.' Tickets - tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873636323
June 8 (7pm) Michael Fortune Book Launch - No Twixing or Crossing, Bunclody Library, Bunclody, Co Wexford. https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4033394
June 8 (7pm) Reflections on the Irish Civil War in County Wexford from March 1923, with Historian-in-Residence, Barry Lacey in Enniscorthy Library. Pre-book: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4034860
June 8 (7pm) World Nutritionist Declan Gilmore talk on Nutrition, Exercise, Water and Sleep, Gorey Library. Pre-book: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4033694
June 8 (7pm) 'Our House, Delirious', Poetry and Prose Collection by Margaret Galvin, published by Revival Press, Wexford library, Mallin St, Wexford.
June 8 (7.30pm) Fundraising Music Night, Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford. With Frankenstein Bolts, Mick Egan, Paula O'Reilly, Rachel Grace. In aid of Wexford Homeless Housing Action Group. Tickets €10. Tel 089 2509283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 8 (8pm) New Ross Singers with The Nomads present Summer Sounds, The Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola, Co Wexford. Popular hits from the mid 20th Century to the present picked apart and reassembled by this dynamic human harmonising unit. Proceeds to local Meals on Wheels and St Vincent de Paul. Tickets €10.
June 9 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 9 (7pm) 225th Anniversary of 1798 - The Ideals of Revolution: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Presentation Arts Centre hosts the French Ambassador to Ireland Vincent Guérend in conversation with historians Liam Chambers of University of Limerick and Brian O’Cléirigh of Oulart on 'The Ideals of Revolution: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité - How The French Revolution Impacted Irish Rebellion'. Music will be provided beforehand by the Irish and French musicians of The Allabar Trio. FREE! Prebooking required: https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873636158
June 9 (7.30pm) Annual Patron, Paupers' Graveyard, Coolcotts, Wexford.
June 9 Bree MidSummer Fest, Byrne's Grain Store, Bree. With Tumbling Paddies, Stuart Moyles, Olivia Douglas. Tickets €25 from Hammel's Centre, Bree and Eventbrite. Funds go to local community development.
June 9 (9.30pm) O'Cuana, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 9 Dancing to Glen Flynn, Carrig Hall, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
June 9 Renegades of Funk: Alice in Chains tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €13.
June 10 Cruinniú na nÓg - national event. See https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie
June 10 (2-5pm) Fete & Family Fun Day, The Showgrounds, Enniscorthy. Organised by Enniscorthy & Monart Union of Parishes.
June 10 (7-8.30pm) Songs Of The Sea, Sigginstown Castle, Tacumshane, Co Wexford. Tickets €15 per person plus fees (€18.18 total). Book on Eventbrite.
June 10 (8pm) A Lethal Black Ooze + Support, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Night of live music curated by Peer Pleasure with performances from A Lethal Black Ooze (garage punk) Recoil (rock) Nana Jane (alt rock) and Shane Hurley (rock). Adm €10 + fees.
June 11 (7pm) Superstars Stage Academy presents “Let There Be Colour”, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €20/15. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/superstars-stage-academy-presents-let-there-be-colour
June 11 (4pm) O Albatross, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford. Free.
June 12 (9.30pm) Monday Sessions, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 13 (7pm) A reading by Wexford native Mary Beary from her book, "Healing: The Long Road Back". Wexford Library, Wexford. Pre-book: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4036558
June 13 (7.30pm) A Variety Night in aid of Parkinson’s Wexford, National Opera House, Wexford. Featuring George Lawlor, C&W stars Joan and Co., Rosslare's Louise Jones, comedians Janette Sidney Kelly and Ruth Donegan, musician Jim Doyle and friends, local choir Cordiality and MC Matty Murphy. Tickets €21.50.
June 15 (7pm) Barry Lacey: Reflections on the Irish Civil War in County Wexford from March 1923 , Bunclody Library, Bunclody. https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4033402
June 15 (7pm) Book Launch: Our FABulous Place, Wexford town library. A collection of new writing and a short film celebrating and reflecting on life in the Coolcotts area of Wexford town. Pre-booking advised: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4037322
June 15 (7.30pm) Red Mic @ Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Open mic night with maestro Shane Hurley.
June 16 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 16 (7.30pm) Bloomsday @ Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Joycean open mic session, costume competition.
June 16 (8pm) Trio Cantare, St Iberius Church, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
June 16 (9.30pm) Mark Murphy, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 16 Dancing to Adrian Ryan, Carrig Hall, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
June17,18 Rosslare Harbour Festival. Historical/heritage talks, live music, sandcastle competition, re-enactments, fishing, family entertainment. https://www.facebook.com/RosslareHarbourMaritimeHeritageCentre
June 17 Gorey Agricultural Show, Ashton, Ballycanew, Gorey, Co. Wexford. https://www.goreyagriculturalshow.com
June 17 (3pm) "Crown and Harp: from Free State to Republic" a talk by David McCullagh, Gorey Library. Pre-book: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4035704
June 17 (8pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), 'Jazz at the IOAC', Tagoat, Co Wexford.
June 18 1798 Rebellion Day, National 1798 Centre, Enniscorthy. Family-friendly day out with re-enactors, heritage and craft displays, music, food.
June 18 (3pm) Anton Jablokov (Violin) with - Stefano Moccetti (guitar) and special guest - Vladimir Jablokov (Violin), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873634652
June 18 (8pm) Music Network presents bassist Linda May Han Oh and pianist Fabian Almazan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €17/15. Tel 053 9122144.
June 19 (9.30pm) Monday Sessions, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 22 (8pm) Greenshine, Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford. Expect to hear styles that range from Classic Country Torch Songs, through Southern Gothic Country, to Carter Family inspired American Folk. Listen: https://greenshine.bandcamp.com. Tickets from http://greenshinemusic.com.
June 23-25 Jazz at Johnstown Festival, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/Jazz-at-Johnstown-101804358893856
June 23 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 23 (8pm) Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes, low whistle) + Chris Colloton Trio, Jazz at Johnstown, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Colloton plays guitar, Killian Browne is on keys and Lorcan Byrne is on drums. Chris and Mark will re-imagine The Táin, which represented the zenith of the Horslips’ Celtic Symphony years. https://johnstowncastle.ie/event/mark-redmond-jazz-at-johnstown/
June 23 (8pm) Irish College of Music Theatre, in a showcase performance accompanied by pianist, Conor McCarthy - National Opera House, Wexford. Students studying under the tutelage of internationally renowned soprano and educator will present an array of musical genres, including excerpts from the musicals; Oliver, Annie, Mary Poppins, A Star is Born, Wicked and Hamilton. Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9122144.
June 23 St. John’s Eve Fire and Music, Sigginstown Castle, Tacumshane, Co Wexford.
June 23 (9.30pm) Cian Fitz, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 23 The Legends of American Country Show, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie
June 23 Dancing to Blue Lace, Carrig Hall, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Something about the title of this much loved outfit that raises flirtatious thoughts in the part of the mind reserved for such thinking! Like would you be comfortable entering Bea's Blue Lace Bordello. Ok, the final 'B' kinda gave it away.
June 24 (8pm) Jazz Pizzazz with Stella Bass, Jazz at Johnstown, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Bassist Barry Donahue, drummer Dominic Mullen and keyboardist Johnny Taylor join with one of the best jazz vocalists in the country. https://johnstowncastle.ie/event/jazz-pizzazz-with-stella-bass/
June 24 The Remedy Club, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Classy Americana 'n' Roots duo. Tel 053 9123764.
June 25 (4pm) Point Blank, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford. Free.
June 26 (9.30pm) Monday Sessions, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 30 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
June 30 (8.30pm) Rí-Rá Comedy Night, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Apparently, since word got out about this, local lads have been siddling up to Wally to try their funny stories out on him. "Ah I don't think it's that kinda comedy lads," says Wally!
June 30 (9.30pm) Doey Walsh, Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Main St, Gorey
June 30 Dancing to Mick Humphries Trio, Carrig Hall, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
July 1-2 Wexford Strawberry Weekend, The Village @ Wheelocks, Tomnafunshoge, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Y21 YY67.
July 1 Adamstown Agricultural Show, Adamstown, Co Wexford. Exhibits of horticulture, craft, home produce, vegetables, flowers, baking, arts & crafts all alongside show jumping, horses & pony classes and trade stands. http://adamstownshow.com
July 5 Music for Wexford Lunchtime Concert, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. With RIAM young artists. Adm €12/10/5.
July 7 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
July 7 (8pm) 12 Gauge Outrage "Siren" EP Launch + Support, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Local band playing it loud and proud. This is modern metal with 'new-age thrash-like riffs ... melodic leads and aggressive vocals.' The support: Cork punk rockers R.P.C, Belfast's stoner/doom outfit Gravity Well, and local blackened death metal upstarts Dead Memories. Tickets €10. Tel 053 9233000.
July 8 (8pm) Niamh Strong, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tickets €20. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873635466
July 12 Music for Wexford Lunchtime Concert, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. With RIAM young artists. Adm €12/10/5.
July 13 Bannow & Rathangan Show, Killag, Co Wexford. www.bannowrathanganshow.com
July 13 (8pm) Music for Wexford presents Exeter Cathedral Choir with Eamonn Mulhall, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. https://www.musicforwexford.ie/whats-on-1/exeter-cathedral-choir-with-eamonn-mulhall
July 14 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
July 15 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: The Nomads, Library Park, New Ross.
July 16 Wells Food Fest, Wells House, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co Wexford.
July 19 Music for Wexford Lunchtime Concert, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. With Ellen Jansson & Dominika Witowicz. Prog: Lili Boulanger - D‘un Matin de Printemps; Debussy - Violin Sonata in G minor; Prokofiev - Five melodies for Violin and Piano op. 35b; Szymanowski - Danse Paysanne de ‘Harnasie’; Ravel - Tzigane. Tickets from Eventbrite. https://www.musicforwexford.ie/whats-on-1/ellen-janssen-jane-hackett
July 20-22 (nightly 7.30pm) Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer presented by Breda Cashe, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25/20. Tel 053 9122144.
July 21 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
July 21 The Complete Stone Roses, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
July 22 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: The fabulous John Spillane, Library Park, New Ross.
July 26 Music for Wexford Lunchtime Concert, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Inaugural prize-winners concert for the Betty O’Brien award. This year the recipient is young Wexford violinist Eve Donohoe. Prog: Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108 - Brahms; Schindler's List - Williams; Banjo and Fiddle - Kroll; Backstage Antics - Ailbhe McDonagh; Irish Traditional Piece; Zigeunerweisen - Sarasate. Adm €12/10/5. This one might well sell out so advance booking advised: https://www.musicforwexford.ie/whats-on-1/eve-donohoe-peter-dains
July 28 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
July 29 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: Niamh Kavanagh, Library Park, New Ross.
July 30 - Aug 7 Wexford Art in the Open Festival, Europe's largest plein air festival. https://www.artintheopen.org
July 30 Rosslare Strand SummerFest. Stalls, rides, competitions, family entertainment and live music. Plus the annual Rosslare Dog Show.
Aug 4-7 Gorey Market House Festival, Gorey, Co Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/goreymarkethousefestival
Aug 4 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Aug 5,6 Rathangan Country Music Weekend, Rathangan, Co Wexford.
Aug 5 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: Mundy, Library Park, New Ross.
Aug 5,6 CrownFest Tribute Band Music Festival, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. www.crownfest.ie
Aug 11-13 GAP Arts Festival, Ballythomas, Co Wexford https://gapartsfestival.com
Aug 11-13 New Ross Guitar Festival. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows
Aug 11 Parklive: Gavin James, Min Ryan Park, Wexford. Tickets €45. https://lantern.ie/event/gavin-james-2/
Aug 12 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: John Walsh (flamenco guitar), Library Park, New Ross.
Aug 13 Castlebridge Annual Show
Aug 11 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Aug 13 Country Fest Weekend, Wexford Racecourse, Wexford.
Aug 18 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Aug 19 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: Erin Buckley, Library Park, New Ross.
Aug 25 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Aug 25 Hey Pixies - tribute to The Pixies, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Aug 26 (4pm) THOMAS MOORE AT BANNOW HOUSE, Grange, Bannow, Co. Wexford. Y35 F9XK. A Celebration, in words and music, on the 188th anniversary of the triumphal visit of Thomas Moore, the “Bard of Erin”, to Bannow House. It is based around his own amusing diary of his stay with performances of a dozen of his world renowned “Irish Melodies”. The event will take place in the open air. Female soloist: Aimee Banks; Male soloist: David Kennedy; Piano: Rebecca Warren; Violin: James Warren; Devised by: Ian Magahy. Directed by: Heather Hadrill. Tickets €35 from Wexford Arts Centre. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873636742
Aug 26 (7-8pm) New Ross Summer Sessions: Celtic Weave, New Ross & District Pipe Band, Library Park, New Ross.
Aug 26 The 4 Of Us, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
Sept 1 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Sept 8 (6pm) Melanie O'Reilly Trio (jazz), Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford.
Sept 8 (8pm) Carducci Quartet, St Anne's Church, Killane, Co Wexford. Brilliant quartet. Prog: Shostakovich Quartet 1; Donnacha Dennehy Pushpulling; Peter Gregson Three Parallels (Irish premiere); Beethoven Op.59 No.2. https://www.musicforwexford.ie/whats-on-1/carducci-quartet
Sept 20-24 New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford. https://www.newrosspianofestival.com
Sept 22-24 Write By The Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay, Wexford. https://writebythesea.ie
Sept 22 Culture Day
Sept 22 John Colleary (comedy), Crown Live, Wexford. www.lantern.ie
Oct 21 Absolute Eagles, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 24 - Nov 5 Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford town. Happening at the same time are Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford Arts Festival and Wexford Fringe Festival. www.wexfordopera.com ... https://wexfordspiegeltent.com ... www.facebook.com/wexfordartsfestival
Nov 17 Chris Kent: Back at it, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
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. www.wexfordwalkingtours.net
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 www.storiesfromthehearth.ie.
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 www.avidgroup.co.uk
Drama classes for kids age 5 and up. See www.discoveringdrama.com. Tel 087 6858457.
New members welcome. See www.wexfordhillwalkingclub.com
Visit pitchfork.com for latest music reviews
Visit http://pitchfork.com for great music reviews.
The Ballet Academy, Wexford
The Ballet Academy, Westpoint Business Park, Clonard, Wexford. 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. http://theballetacademy.ie
Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com
One for World music completists: http://folkmusicsmb.blogspot.com
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 email@example.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.
SOUTH EAST LIVE ... KILKENNY, WATERFORD, TIPP, CARLOW, WICKLOW
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Whitford House Hotel
North Wexford Tourism
Gorey Little Theatre
Wexford Language School