Waves Music Festival
Takes place at Loftus Hall, Hook Peninsula on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Acts confirmed to date are Nathan Carter, Cornerboy, Elmore. Fundraiser for Fethard RNLI to help towards buying a new inshore lifeboat. Tickets €25, €85 for family of 4. http://www.wavesfestival.ie

Hooked on the Sea 2016, 30th April to 2nd May
Hooked on the Sea 2016, Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford
Hooked on the Sea 2016 is a fun filled weekend of activities for all ages, on the stunning Hook Peninsula. Enjoy a host of exciting activities on offer from the Hook Lighthouse's Maritime Matters Festival, to local produce picnics in Colclough Walled Gardens, open-air market and free children's workshops at Fethard Castle. Try water based activities and demonstrations on Duncannon Beach or take on the challenge of a 20km Hike to the Hook from the majestic Tintern Abbey. http://hookheritage.ie

Templeshanbo Flower Festival, Bunclody, June 2016
Templeshanbo Flower Festival, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Focusing on the gardens of Philip Hollwey, Rachel Darlington and Walter Kelly of Tombrack. Details: philiphollwey@gmail.com. http://bunclody-hs.blogspot.ie

Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment, Enniscorthy - Aug 1.2 2015
Two days of free fun for all the family with rebels and redcoats lining up to do battle again - and, who knows, maybe the rebels will come out on top this time! Bus loads of red coats are crossing the Irish Sea with musket and powder for the occasion. The two big events not to miss are the "Make Ready, Present Fire!" rebel attack on the redcoats at Market Square (1pm, Sat) and the Vinegar Hill battle with cavalry assaults, canon fire, musket volleys and pike charges (2pm, Sun). There will be open-air live music plus pub gig trail, traditional crafts demos, foraging for wild food with Mary White, displays and exhibitions, "Rebels v Redcoats" polocrosse, antiques fair ... and strawberries and cream.

Gorey Market House Festival, July 28-31, 2016
Gorey Market House Festival has become one of the leading family festivals in the Southeast. Events in the past have included Boutique Boulevard, Ireland's favourite open air Fashion Show; open-air Farmers Market, food demonstrations and "Put your Best Pot Forward" search for the best pot of jam in Ireland hosted by Green's Berry Farm. Saturday afternoon brings the ever popular Play Day with a range of childrens activities all of which are free. On Sunday the Main Street is the centre stage for the Festival Market with crafts, local produce, vintage rally, steam engines and more. Gorey has a proud tradition of nurturing and supporting the arts and the festival has many quality exhibitions over the weekend.

Hooked Kitefest, Duncannon Beach - Aug 13,14 2016
One of the stops on the Irish Kitesurfing Association tour, the Kitefest offers spectators the opportunity to witness the very best junior, female and male riders from across Ireland and Europe as they compete over the weekend in a series of course racing events. The hugely popular kitefest guarantees a beach party atmosphere with tonnes of activities for the young and old alike.

Wexford Day, June (date tbc)
"Raising the Wexford Flag" - various sites and venues, Wexford Town.

Bunclody Horticultural Society Show - Aug 2016
The Annual Bunclody Horticultural Society Show is a celebration of the richness of traditional crafts and skills in the area and includes Cookery, Crafts, Agricultural and Horticultural produce. A family fun day including the very popular art exhibition from local and national artists, with junior and senior sections in art, photography, short-story and writing competitions. The flower section entries always draw gasps of admiration. And the competition in the Home Produce section is very strong in all classes. Gorey Bee Keepers will exhibit their bee keeping skills and you’ll get to meet a Queen bee!

75th Castlebridge Show, Aug (date tbc)
Castlebridge Show, Castlebridge, Co Wexford. Mummers, Fife & Drum Band, stalls, children's entertainment.

Whitechurch Steam Rally & Vintage Day, Aug 2016
Whitechurch Steam Rally & Vintage Day, Seamus Kane's farm, Whitechurch, New Ross, Co Wexford. Tel 087 1613866.
This much loved annual event features steam engines, vintage tractors, cars & machines, a working forge, dog show & more! You can also sample colcannon, pigs feet, griddle bread etc.

Killane Patron and Weekend Festival - July (date tbc)
Mass in historic graveyard, parade to St Anne's Well, pig on a spit, tug-o-war, music, vintage tractors ... and after all that one imagines there would be great quelling of thirst!

Kilrane/Rosslare Harbour Community Weekend, July 22,23,24 2016
KRH Community Weekend, Kilrane and Rosslare Harbour, Co Wexford. Blessing of boats, marching bands, street theatre, live music, rescue helicopter, children's entertainment, athletics, fishing, stalls, Monster Field Day (Sunday). https://www.facebook.com/KRHcommunityweekend

Irish America Fest, New Ross, July 1-4, 2016
New Ross celebrates its links with the USA. They have a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, music in the marquee on The Quays, busking on the streets, American football, theatre, marching bands, food and craft stalls, boating events, fireworks.
Full details at < href="http://www.irishamericaday.com"target="_blank">www.irishamericaday.com

Gorey Agricultural Show - June 18, 2016
Gorey Agricultural Show, Clonattin, Gorey, Co Wexford. "One of the County's best loved family days out." Adult adm €8. Children free.

The Bannow & Rathangan Society's annual show, July 14, 2016
The Bannow & Rathangan Society's annual show in Killag is a jewel in the Wexford Summer events calendar. It's a real family favourite. It's got horses, ponies, donkies, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, pets corner, driving classes, dog show. Also cookery, crafts, flowers, photography, ICA exhibition, fashion show, dressage, sheep dog trials, Inter-Hunt Steeplechase. Also the Pettitt's Novice Showjumping Championship Final. Enquiries: Ann White 053 9129653

Charlotte Street Music Festival, Aug (date tbc)
Charlotte Street Music Festival, is organised by The Centenary Stores, Charlotte St, Wexford. www.thestores.ie

Ballymoney Marine Day
July 21 (1pm) Ballymoney Marine Day, Ballymoney, Co Wexford. A Family Fun Day looking at all things marine ... and submarine!

Tinahely Agricultural Show, August Bank Holiday Monday
Tinahely Agricultural Show, is held at Fairwood Park, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow each August Bank Holiday Monday (August 6 this year). Great family day out.

Craanford Vintage Rally and Field Day, July (date tbc)
Annual field day in Craanford, Co Wexford. The action starts at 2pm in the community field. Apart from the vintage cars and tractors expect all the usual stuff - stalls, bouncy castle, gold fish, dog show, cow patch, etc. Great family day out.

Wexford In Bloom Festival, June/July each year
Wexford in Bloom Festival is held every year in Wexford Town in June and July. The most visible aspect of the festival is the always competitive garden competition. There is also a week-long series of fun events for residents and tourists alike catering for all ages.

Wexford Food & Wine Festival - May 27-29, 2016
Wexford Food & Wine Festival
Showcasing the diversity and wholesomeness of locally and regionally produced food, Wexford Food and Wine Festival provides a platform for artisan food producers and the many critically acclaimed restaurants located in Wexford town. Open air markets, crackling roast hog, cookery demos, live music. Happens all over Wexford town: Selskar Square, Bullring Market, Talbot Hotel, D'Lush Café, Greenacres and other restaurants.

Wexford Military Show - June Bank Holiday Weekend
This event was scheduled to return to Duncannon Fort but, alas, health and safety regs got in the way. It now moves to Wexford Racecourse. Here's the info available on the Duncannon Fort site:

Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, Aug 5-7, 2016
An action packed festival with fun events on beautiful Duncannon beach, fantastic fireworks, beach party, magic and puppet shows, beach games, street theatre and awesome Sand Sculptures.

County Show, Enniscorthy Showgrounds - not happening this year??
The County Show, which usually takes place at The Showgrounds, Enniscorthy in June, would appear not to be happening this year.

Rock 'n' Roll Town Weekender, Enniscorthy - July 29 - Aug 1, 2016
Step back in time, ladies and gentlemen, to the optimistic, carefree and still innocent 50s. We give you rock 'n' roll, jive, leather jackets, quifs, wonderbras classic cars, Harley Davidsons, and tons of attitooood!
This year's
Rock 'n'; Roll Town Weekender (formerly known as the Riverside Jump Festival) is even bigger, better and more jivin'.
Info at www.rockandrolltown.com.

Ceol Cé, Loch Garman - date tbc
Ceol Cé, Cearnóg Selskar (Selskar Square), Loch Garman (Wexford).

Maritime Matters Festival, Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford - May Bank Holiday
Maritime Matters Festival, Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford.

Aberjazz Festival, Pembrokeshire - last weekend of August
It's worth making the trip across the water for this tasty little festival in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Pembrokeshire Jazz & Blues Festival website

South East Plein Air, Art In The Open Weekend, Wexford, July 24 - Aug 1, 2016
"Art In The Open" is even more ambitious and wide-reaching than before. Over 150 artists from USA, Europe and Ireland converge on scenic locations around Co Wexford for Europe's largest annual plein air painting festival. Demonstrations, workshops, master classes, paint-outs all around the county. Brochure and Registration form now online: http://artintheopen.org. Tel. 053 9122019.

Adamstown Show, July 2, 2016
The show that's got it all which, when you see the event's full title you can appreciate: Adamstown Agricultural, Horticultural, Trade & Vintage Show. Thre's sheep dog trial, dog show, show jumping, hunt chase, vintage display, arts, crafts, produce displays, etc. Tel: 053-9240635.

Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Festival - early June
Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Fest, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Caroreigh Field Day, last weekend July
40th year of the event. Vintage vehicles, marching bands, kid's races, slow bicycle race, arts/crafts/farm and home produce, dog show, refreshments. Followed later (10pm) by Annual Field Day Dance at Camross Hall.

New Ross Piano Festival - New Ross, Sept 22-25, 2016
New Ross Piano Festival. Not just one classical concert, but a weekend crammed with them. That's what you get at the New Ross Piano Festival. In addition to the classical concerts there are "play me" pianos in public places, free al fresco jazz piano sessions downtown, outreach concerts for students, and a masterclass for advanced students.
For the 11th piano festival the concerts will feature leading international pianists Nicholas Angelich and Piers Lane who will join Artistic Director Finghin Collins for the three main concerts. There will be piano quintets with the outstanding Ebène Quartet from France for performances of glorious music by César Franck, Robert Schumann and Gabriel Fauré. The coffee concerts will be given by two distinguished younger pianists: the French Nathalia Milstein, the first female winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition (2015) and New Ross rising star Jonathan Morris.

AIMS Choral Festival, New Ross, May 2016
AIMS Choral Festival, New Ross
The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) holds its annual choral festival. The first AIMS Choral Festival was held in Birr, Co. Offaly in 1980 where it ran for a number of years. In 1985 the festival was revived and located in New Ross, Co. Wexford where it has remained since. ENTRIES AND ENQUIRIES TO
Patricia Gannon, Secretary, New Ross Chamber of Commerce, Delare House, South Street, New Ross.
Tel: 051-425077 E-mail: choral@newrosschamber.ie.
Margaret Rossiter, Festival Administrator, 11 Ard Alainn, New Ross. Tel: 051-425582 E-mail: marrossiter@eircom.net

Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, late August
Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival

St Iberius Church Field Day - Aug 1, 2016 (from 2pm)
Annual field day at Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Great family entertainment.

Byrne-Perry Summer School, Gorey, Co. Wexford, June 2016
The Summer school was set up to examine Irish history and literature from the eighteenth century onwards in an objective, professional and learned manner. The school has a broad appeal to those with an interest in how the last two centuries of Irish history, have shaped contemporary Ireland, north and south.
Byrne Perry Summer School
Booking through Gorey Tourist Office. Tel 053 9421248.

Wexford Festival Fringe Oct 2016
General A-Z Fringe Listing from Chamber of Commerce and Wexford Festival Fringe on Wexlive

Wexford Children's Book Festival, Oct
Storytelling, lectures and a range of activities for children, families and adults.
Its free and all are welcome. Info available at Wexford library. Contact Hazel Percival at Wexford Library: 053 21637.

Tagoat Steam and Vintage Rally - Aug 16, 2015
Very popular annual event. Usually happens the third Sunday in August. All the usual attractions vintage cars/tractors/motorbikes, fairground, traditional bread/buttermaking, steam engines and threashing, dog show and more. Starts 12 noon. Children free.
Contact Aidan Browne: 086-8308249 / 053-31281.
Email tagoatsteamrally@eircom.net

Harvest Festival in the Harrow, Aug
Annual steam threshing, vintage display, sheaf pitching, dog show, wheel of fortune, bonny baby, field day. Proceeds to Wexford Hospice. Usually happens the third Sunday in August.

Phil Murphy Weekend, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford. July 21-24, 2016
Wexford's premier weekend of traditional music and song. Highlights include amazing Aussie guitarist Tommy Emmanuel; Noel Hill, Frankie Gavin and Brian McGrath (Friday); Lúnasa; The Hamilton County Ramblers (Sat); Sharon Shannon (Sun). There's a purgatorial 6k run on the Sunday morning to sweat out the porter of the night before! Box Office: Tel 085 7740751.
Phil Murphy devised a playing technique for the diatonic harmonica involving modal music and vamping accompaniment with spectacular effect when added to fast reels and jigs. He passed his technique onto his sons, John and Pip. This festival remembers Phil Murphy.

Bunclody Eileen Aroon Festival - late July/August
A week of music, street entertainment, exhibitions and general shenanigans at the annual
Eileen Aroon Festival, Bunclody.

Wexford Festival Opera Oct 2016
Wexford Festival Opera held every Autumn at the National Opera House, Wexford.

Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy, Sept 2016
Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. 3 days great music across this historic town at the heart of County Wexford.

Adamstown Harvest Festival - Sun, Sept 20, 2015
Vintage machinery, prize animals, athletics, stalls, etc. And hopefully sun!

Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival, July 14-17 2016
Annual festival with live music and dancing (céilí, hip-hop and line!), fun and games for kids, angling competitions, exhibitions, Talent Contest, Water sports, Ceili Mor, arts and crafts, steam engines and, of course, great sea food platters. See

Strawberry Festival, Enniscorthy - June 2016
Enniscorthy Strawberry Festival is a long-standing veteran of the county's festival world. Music, theatre, street entertainment, funfairs, markets and kids' activities. Also happening in Enniscorthy that weekend is the Focal Literary Festival


Wexford Grooves Festival - not happening
Wexford Grooves Festival, formerly the Hooves 'n' Grooves Festival and, unfortunately, no more.
Last held in 2007.

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
Wexford Walking Tours
Trax Music Store ... Now Online
Storytelling in Co Wexford
Beautiful zychadelic pop from Wales? Listen to Jonny now!
Listen to Villagers now!
Listen to James V. McMorrow now!
One for lovers of old classical music records
Read books online for free!
Visit www.avidgroup.co.uk for budget price jazz cds
Discovering Drama
Wexford Hillwalkers
Visit pitchfork.com for latest music reviews
The Ballet Academy, Wexford
Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com
The Story of Roky Erickson
Get on the South Wexford Craft Trail
SXSW - Intro/Promo pack with hundreds of tracks
Good English website dealing in Americana
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
Listen to connected.ie's online radio.
Treasure trove of old African music (RSS - streaming)
Blog with some tasty African tracks from the vaults.
Bluegrass Sessions in Dublin
saggyrecordcabinet.blogspot - another one for lovers of old time American country and bluegrass
Rural TV on Sky 279
Wexford Libraries - loads going on!
Listen online to some classy flat-pickin'
grapewrath.blogspot.com - great for folk/bluegrass/old time
croz.fm - one for music completists
Rainy day online activities for kids with weansworld.org
See Wexford in 2min 55secs with music by the Submersibles
Neil Young Live in Concert 1968
The latest happenings on the Irish music scene ... Hotpress
Skip James sings Worried Blues (YouTube)
Kristin Hersh, LIVE - free downloads
check out www.bluehighwaystv.com
Listen! Music while you work - Josh Ritter
Listen! Music while you work - IMC
Wonderful slide show from The New York Times
1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival Video
See old-time music film footage on the web
Fantastic Bluegrass Documentary with Music
Alan Lomax Archive Launched on the Web
Great American Festivals - Great Holiday Idea!
Join the Music Maker Association!

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