|Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST
Red Books, Peter's Square, Wexford has a weekly Write Club for literary-minded folk - 7pm Thursdays. Adm €3.
Pigyard Gallery has Going Wild, an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by Helen Gaynor. Until Oct 8.
Festival exhibition: RIGHT-OF-WAY – A Solo Exhibition by Laura Fitzgerald, Wexford Arts Centre. Oct 16-Nov 5.
Festival exhibition: SPF-50 - Oonagh Latchford, Creative Mall, Wexford. Oct 14-Nov 6.
Festival exhibition: Hanneke van Ryswyk @ Wexford Library. Oct 14-Nov 5.
Festival exhibition: QUEST – Oils and Collages by Gillian Deeney, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
Green Acres Gallery in Selskar, Wexford has its Summer Exhibition.
The Blue Egg Gallery, John's Gate St, Wexford has loads of high class art and crafts.
Don't forget the Creative Hub off North Main Street, Wexford where artists craftspeople are busy beavering away. The Makers House in the mall has works by Kristin Gray, Patricia Howard, John Holden, Ann Kenny, Pauline Quigley, Mairead Stafford, Guy Urbin, Gilly Thomas and others.
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. This month's offering comes under the heading "Abstract August".
Wexford Co Co HQ: Wide Open Space - Landscapes from the Wexford County Council and Mairead Furlong Collections (Curated by Eamonn Maxwell). Runs from Oct 19 until December 2.
Wexford County Council art collection online
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare: An Exhibition of Drawings and Etchings by Margaret Irwin West – An Obsession with Stone & Landscape – From the Solid to the Ephemeral. Oct 20-Nov 6.
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
Sept 22-26 New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford. As always, the line-up, under artist director Finghin Collins, is pretty spectacular on both the classical and jazz music fronts. Artists, apart from Finghin himself, include Jonathan Plowright, Tamara Licheli, François-Xavier Poizat, Dmytro Choni, Máire Carroll and The Albion Quartet. With scheduled artist Craig Taborn waylaid by family circumstances, Ukrainian pianist Vadim Neselovskyi stepped in at short notice for the opening concert. Great to be able to call on such talent at short notice. Someone must know someone!
Sept 22 (7pm) Book (Re)Launch: The Story of Wexford, Wexford town library, Wexford. Join local author and historian Monica Crofton for the re-launch of this book. Booking is essential: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3909709
Sept 23 (9pm) An Audience with Pete Best (formerly of The Beatles), Riverbank House Hotel, Ferrybank, Wexford.Tickets €25 (VIP tickets available). Tel 9123611.
Sept 23 John Molloy (dancing), Carrig Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow.
Sept 23 Culture Night / Oiche Cultúir. Some highlights: old reliables Red Moon with their comic theatrical shows in The Bullring, Wexford (4.30pm & 6pm); Melanie O'Reilly + Celtic Jazz Trio, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford (7pm); history, music and storytelling at Grantstown Daycare Centre, Wellingtonbridge (7.30pm); Ceol Mo Chroí Culture Club at The Book Café, Gorey (7.30pm); Ukrainian opera singer Olga Doroshchuk, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross (8pm); at National Opera House, Wexford there's poetry and Prose with Margaret Galvin (7.15pm) followed by Wexford Factory artists Ami Hewitt and Rory Musgrave with pianist Giorgio D'Alonzo; So Say So is Stephen James Smith + Basciville and friends (spoken word and music), Wexford Arts Centre Annexe (8pm); Music for Wexford has the Banbha Quartet at St Iberius Church (8pm); a performance of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother (pt. 1) by Chris Culloton Trio at Johnstown Castle (8.30pm); Candy Warhol and friends, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy (10pm).
Sept 23 (7.30pm) Artbank Open Mic, Artbank, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Fundraiser for Support Ukraine, Wexford Homeless Housing Action Group and Artbank. 20+ acts. Adm €9. Tel 087 3119647
Sept 23 (7.30pm) Culture Night Special, Grantstown Daycare Centre, Whittyshill, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. Local history talks with the Bannow Historical Society, musical recitals with harpist Shelly O’Grady. And more. Tel (051) 561 016.
Sept 23-25 Write By The Sea 2022, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. One of the country's top boutique literary festivals, WBTS, is back with a bang. A strong Wexford representation includes author Claire Keegan, whose award-winning Booker long-listed novel 'Small Things Like These' is set in New Ross. The home team also includes Caroline Busher, Imelda Carroll, AM Cousins, Margaret Galvin, Fintan Murphy, Jan Doran, Fidelis Power, Kathleen Tierney, Simon Bourke, Celestine Murphy and Hazel Percival. They join a galaxy of acclaimed literary figures of the calibre of Roddy Doyle, Lucy Caldwell, Manchan Magan, Peter Cunningham, Fiona Scarlett, Robert Gogan, Martina Devlin, Hillary Fannin, Ronan Hession, Liz Nugent and Professor Derek Hand.
Sept 23 (9pm) An audience with Pete Best, former member of The Beatles, plus Back2Back play The Beatles, Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €25 or VIP €40 (audience with Pete Best + hospitality). Tel 053 9123611.
Sept 24 (11am) War of Ind. & Civil War Walking Tour with historian Barry Lacey, Bunclody Library, Bunclody. Tel 053 9375466.
Sept 25 (11am) Wexford Psychic & Holistic Fair, Talbot Hote, Wexford. FREE
Sept 25 (7pm) The Bar of Lough Band + Larx, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Adm €10.
Sept 25 The Absolute Eagles, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Sept 26 (9.30pm) Acoustic Session (every Monday), Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey.
Sept 29 (7pm) Claire Keegan, Wexford Town Library, Mallin St, Wexford. Claire will talk about writing fiction read from her recent novel ‘Small Things Like These’. Booking is essential: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3913709
Sept 30 Philip English (dancing), Carrig Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow.
Oct 1,2 Rathangan Country Fair, Rathangan, Co Wexford. Traditional farming methods - threshing, stone-crunching, wood-turning, butter-making, egg-sucking ... Live music in evenings.
Oct 1 Abuse Your Illusions: Guns n' Roses Tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 3 (9.30pm) Acoustic Session (every Monday), Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey.
Oct 7 (8.30pm) Pilgrim St., Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Expect to hear a mix of bluegrass, old time country fused with trad and folk. Tickets €25/22.
Oct 7 Phelim Drew and the Drew House Band: Remembering Ronnie with guests Dublin Gospel Choir, St Aidan's Church, Ferns, Co Wexford. Tickets €15 - eventlightingsolutions.com
Oct 8 (8pm) Tones of Autumn: a musical evening with Gorey Musical Society, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €20. www.gr8events.ie
Oct 13-16 Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford. [Who is actually organising this event? PR is a tad slack.]
Oct 13 (8pm) Welded by Eugene O'Neill (directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes), St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 13-16 (8pm nightly) Women on the verge of HRT by Marie Jones, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Directed by Linda Hynes.
Oct 13 Larry Kirwan, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 14-Nov 6 Wexford Arts Festival, various venues, Wexford town. Supported by Wexford C.C. Arts Department and Wexford District of C.C., WAC will present a full programme of the arts for three weeks in tandem with Wexford Festival Opera. www.facebook.com/wexfordartsfestival
Oct 14 (8pm) Eugene O'Neill Festival: O'Neill Family Gathering with the band Green Road and guest singer Clodagh Kinsella, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 14 Three one-act plays with Camross Drama Group, Camross Hall, Camross. The plays: Glacier Bay by Frederick Stoppel, Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg, A Bit Of Land by Agnes Adams.
Oct 15 (8pm) Eugene O'Neill Festival: 2 one-act plays: Recklessness and Shell Shock, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 15 Karma Police: Tribute to Radiohead, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 16 How to get the menopause and enjoy it with Anne Gildea, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €20
Oct 20 (7pm) On Writing Librettos, with Laureate for Irish Fiction Colm Tóibín and composer Alberto Caruso, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
Oct 21-Nov 6 Wexford Festival Opera
Oct 21 The Beat UK, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 21 Borderline, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford
Oct 22 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Lady's Island Community Centre, Ladies Island, Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 22 (8pm) Paddy Casey and guest Rachel Grace, Rathangan Church, Rathangan, Co Wexford. Tickets €15 - www.eventlightingsolutions.com
Oct 22 The Academic, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €35.
Oct 22 Cash Returns: Tribute to Johnny Cash, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 23 (8pm) Oct 22 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 24 (8pm) Bird On The Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford. From the title, one might be inclined to put this one down as just another tribute band. No, no no! This group of musicians may be paying homage at the Temple of Cohen. However, they know better than to turn up sartorially attired, ready to slavishly follow his every utterance and musical note. That acclaimed trad/folk singer Pauline Scanlon (of vocal duo Lumiere) and The Whileaways (Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce) are running affairs lets us know from the off that we are in safe hands. For me, Noelie is one of Ireland's quiet musical heroes. The accompanying big band includes bassist Will Merriman (ex The Harvest Ministers), Dave Clancy (keys), Matthew Berrill (saxophone) and Eamon Murray (drums). Tickets €30.
Oct 25 The Matchmaker by John B Keane, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. With Jon Kenny and Norma Sheahan. Tickets €23.
Oct 26 - Nov 4 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford
Oct 26 (7pm) Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas: discussion with Jackie Hayden, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford.
Oct 26 Three one-act plays with Camross Drama Group, Rathangan Hall, Rathangan. The plays: Glacier Bay by Frederick Stoppel, Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg, A Bit Of Land by Agnes Adams.
Oct 26 (8pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Joanne McNally: Prosecco Express, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €33.
Oct 27 (7pm) Seoladh Leabhair: Is Deacair an Drochrud a Mharú (Its Hard to Kill a Bad Thing) by Colm Mac Confhaola, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford
Oct 27 (8pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Lyra, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €23.
Oct 27-Nov 5 (8pm nightly) Lights Out by Hannah McNiven, Wexford Arts Cenetre, Wexford. Directed by Ben Barnes.
Oct 28 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Ballycogley Hall, Ballycogley, Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 28 The Whistlin' Donkeys, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €30.
Oct 28 Divine Invention, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexxford
Oct 29,30 Oktoberfest Wexford, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. The blurb says: "Enjoy the slice of Bavaria" and little else. One presumes there will be mounds of crispy pork and very large glasses of frothy headed lager served up by smilling and flirtatious peasants in traditional Teutonic garb, all to the sound of joyous oumpah music.
Oct 29 (7pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Neil Delamere (comedy), The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €27.
Oct 29 Makem & Clancy (part 2!), Colfers, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Featuring Rory Makem and Doinal Clancy.
Oct 29 (10pm) Wexford Spiegeltent Festival: Gavin James, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €45.
Oct 30,31 Lantern Presents Dylan Moran (comedy), Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
Oct 30 (8pm) A Night of Comedy with Ballycogley Players, Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Tickets €10. The plays: A Ticket for Trouble by Jimmy Keary, Walter's Bad Day by Paul Maher. Plus comedy sketches.
Oct 30 (10pm) Dec Pierce’s Block Rockin’ Beats. Tickets €23.
Oct 31-Nov 3 Hits from the Musicals with WLOS, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €25 from National Opera House. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 1 (1pm) The Wexford Whale, a short film by artist David Begley, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford.
Nov 1 The Ragdolls: Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €27.
Nov 2 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival presents Robert Plant & Saving Grace, featuring Suzi Dian. Tickets on sale Fri, 22nd July. Lordy, what to say about this one. 'In My Time Of Dying', 'Dazed And Confused' or 'The Rover' given the strings and harmonies treatment? Or deny their existence and move further back into the traditional folk songbook? Truth be told, the main man could take to the stage and run his fingers through his once- golden long tresses and the faithful would melt on the spot. Check out this review then get in line for tickets that will, by this time next week, be rare as hens' teeth.
Nov 3 (7pm) Art and the Rural – Karla Sánchez, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford
Nov 3,4 (8pm) Lantern Presents Tommy Tiernan: TOMFOOLERY, Wexford Spiegeltent, Wexford. Tickets €35. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 3 (9.30pm) Bay City Rollers, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €30. For those of a certain age this will be a must-see show even if, like those other perennial favs, Smokie, original band members are in a minority of one! BCR'ers were, for a time, the hottest most in-demand pop act. Then something happened: someone snapped their fingers, the rug got pulled and the magic was gone. And it was "move along, nothing to see here". But, oh, what wonderful songs for young ears. This is one rabbit-hole worth revisiting. Tartan garb essential!
Nov 4 (12 noon ) Barking Dog Theatre Company presents The Teddy, The Witch, & The Pumpkin, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tel 053 9233000.
Nov 4 (2pm) The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tel 053 9233000.
Nov 4 Prohibition Party, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford
Nov 4 Point Blank, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford
Nov 5 (7pm) Blindboy, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €25.
Nov 5 (10pm) Hudson Taylor, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €27. There is a reason Lantern keeps on bringing these boys back to Wexford: they are bloody good. Simple as.
Nov 6 Kristian Grey: Comedy Magic & Illusion Show, Wexford Spiegeltent, The Quays, Wexford.
Nov 12 Lantern Presents Wallis Bird, Crown Live, Wexford
Nov 12 The Legend of Luke Kelly, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 12 The Kilfenora Céilí Band, National Opera House, Wexford
Nov 18 Lantern Presents Gearoid Farrelly, Crown Live, Wexford
Nov 19 Whiplash: Tribute to Metallica, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Nov 24 Jazz trio: Flanigan, Lawlor, Kockott, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
Nov 26 (7.30pm) Ballet Ireland: Nutcracker Sweeties, National Opera House, Wexford. All you need to know is that "It’s a magical Christmas Eve ..."! Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 27 (7.30pm) Music Network presents Resonate featuring Niall Vallely (concertina), Kate Ellis (cello) and Kenneth Edge (soprano sax), National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 29-Dec 2 (8pm nightly) The Addams Family presented by Oyster Lane Theatre Group, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25-15. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 3 Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €32.50-€25. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 3 Glory Days: Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 4-5 Abba Forever, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 5 Dirty Dusting, National Opera House, Wexford (rescheduled from earlier in the year). Tel 053 9122144
Dec 9 Mack Fleetwood - Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 9 Qween: Tribute to Queen, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 14 Aslan: 40 years, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 16 (7.30pm) Handel's Messiah, National Opera House, Wexford. Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Choir Ireland Peter Whelan. Tickets €25-20. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 17 Essentially Cher, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 18 (2pm, 7pm) Wexford School of Ballet & Performing Arts presents 'The Nutcracker Kingdom', National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €22/€18. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 6 Nathan Carter, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 14 The High Kings: XV Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
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
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Whitford House Hotel
North Wexford Tourism
Gorey Little Theatre
Wexford Language School