Wexford Garden Trail Festival
All through July
Wexford Garden Trail Festival celebrates the magnificent gardens to be found in County Wexford. Now in its third year, the festival is packed full of events from open air theatre performances by Chapterhouse Theatre Company at Kilmokea Gardens and Wells House, to art classes with artist Kate Kos in Kilmurry Nursery, to “walk and talk” events led by expert gardeners at a number of locations. Kick-off the Lavender flowering season at Wexford Lavender Farm’s Lavender Festival.

The Summer Comhaltas Seisiún at The Sky & The Ground is up and running. Every Tuesday through July and up to August 13 a talented house band, along with guest musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers, gathers at the South Main Street venue. The musicians and dancers are all local so there is a strong focus on Wexford tunes, songs and stories. Weekly Comhaltas Sessions also taking place in Rosslare and Gorey.

George Muncey Exhibition, Periphery Space, Gorey School of Art, Gorey, Co Wexford. Opens Fri, July 19 at 7pm.

Walking tours of Wexford Town
Monday-Thursday at 11am from Wexford Tourist Office, ninety minute historical and anecdotal tour of Wexford from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Tours of Selskar Abbey happen each Sunday at 3pm. Cost €3. Tel 053 9122288

The Creative Hub, at the Bull Ring Mall, Wexford has loads of interesting arts and crafts by local artists. Recurrence is the title of the featured exhibition by Olivia O'Dwyer. Open daily 11 am to 5pm.
HERE/there - Wexford meets Wuppertal is the title of a group exhibition of artists working in Ireland and Germany which is now showing at Wexford County Council HQ, Carricklawn, Wexford. Curated by Anya von Gosseln and Jürgen Grölle. Venues: Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre, and Kamera 8 Gallery.
Kamera8, Rowe St, Wexford.
The eclectic Blue Egg Gallery is on John's Gate St, Wexford.
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford's biggest gallery space, has its Summer exhibition in place. Lovely stuff.
Jonathan Murphy's gallery Light and Shadow is at 24 Selskar St, Wexford (opposite Spectrum). Those light boxes ...
The Pigyard Gallery is in Selskar, Wexford.
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is run by an artists' collective. Open 2-5.30pm, Tues - Sat. Thurs evenings are Open Studio Evenings for creatives to work on their own pieces in a gallery environment and with the collaboration of resident artist, John Renwick.
The Gaslamp Gallery is on Esmonde St, Gorey.

The Arc Cinema in Wexford town is now open for business.
Gorey Cinema - showing a regular stream of top notch opera, ballet, musicals, etc.
Wexford Omniplex
Movies at St Michael's Theatre, New Ross

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.
Monthly programme of events at Wexford town library.

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

July 19-21 Streams of Bunclody Festival, Bunclody, Co Wexford
July 19 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €5. Tel 053 9122144.
July 19 (8.30pm) Pierce Turner, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. “Ray Davies meets Brian Wilson with a little pinch of James Joyce and you have it - the sublime taste of Turner!” - Billy Roche. Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 90123764.
July 19 (8pm) Aslan: Goodbye Charlie Moonhead, Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €27. www.lantern.ie
July 19 (8.30pm) Culchie Warriors (comedy), Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Featuring Joe Rooney and Patrick McDonnell. Adm €15.
July 19 (8pm) Hypnosis Show & Kiss My Grass Bluegrass Band, Hotel Curracloe, Curracloe, Wexford. Adm €10. Proceeds to Parents Support Group for Wexford Children's Diabetes Clinic.
July 20,21 Rosslare Harbour Community Weekend.
July 20 (8pm) David McSavage (comedy), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €22. Tel 053 9123764.
July 20 (7.30pm) Sean and Conor Price, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25 and "€40 for the VIP Experience". Tel 053 9122144.
July 21 WellWex Fest, Wexford Racecourse, Wexford. This full day, interactive programme boasts diverse, fun workouts, inspiring talks, motivational panel discussions, delicious local food, creativity workshops and a chill out zone featuring local and national wellbeing experts.
July 21 (12noon-6pm) Tagoat Steam and Vintage Rally, Tagoat, Co Wexford.
Steam Engines, Vintage Tractors and cars, Live music, Trader Stalls, Fun Fair
and much more.
July 23 & 25 (8.30pm nightly and happening every Tues and Thurs through July) Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. A hilarious comedy for the entire family. Tickets €13.
July 23 (8.30pm) Comhaltas Seisiún, Coast Hotel, Rosslare Harbour, Co Wexford. Hosted by Bannow CCÉ and Danescastle Music Group. Adm €5. Start of Summer series.
July 23 (9pm) Seisiún an tSamhraidh, The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford. Start of Summer long series. Hosted by Craobh Loch Garman CCÉ and featuring a selection of the best local musicians, singers and dancers, Seisiún is more show than session and high on entertainment value. Happens each each Tuesday up to Aug 13. Adm €5.
July 24 (1.05pm) Recital by students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Organised by Music for Wexford. Features the Euterpe Wind Quartet and Sonas Duo, who will perform music by Ibert, Trimble, Janacek, and Piazzolla.
July 25 (8pm) Clancy's Kitchen, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. The Clancy Family regale stories, songs and tunes. Featuring Donal Clancy (son of Liam), Róisín Clancy (daughter of Bobby), musician cousin Evan Grace and Welsh singer/actor Ryland Teifi. Tickets €16/14/10. Tel 053 9123764.
July 26 (8.30pm) JMA Performing the Classic songs of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Wexford Arts Centres, Wexford. Adm €12. Tel 053 9123764.
July 27 (1.30pm) Caroreigh Field Day, Caroreigh, Co Wexford (rescheduled from 28th so as to avoid clash with hurling)
July 28 - Aug 3 Art in the Open, various locations in the southeast. Now in its 12th year, the festival has grown to be the largest and most prestigious plein air painting festival in Europe. with 200 artists from around the globe taking part. It starts in Wexford Sunday 28th July and ends on the town's main street with a QuickDraw on Saturday 3rd August. In between, artists from 15 countries will be in Dunmore (Monday July 29th, Wells House 30th, Graiguenamanagh 31st, Tintern on August 1st and Ballymore Historic House and Farm on 2nd. There are 3 midweek evening print workshops at Greenacres and a talk on Joachin Sorolla Sunday Aug 4th at 11am in Wexford Arts Centre. Festival exhibition opens in Greenacres Sunday 3pm (patrons 2.30pm) and stays open all day bank holiday Monday.www.artintheopen.org
July 27 (8.30pm) Paddy Casey, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Tickets €22. Tel 053 9233000
July 28 (12 noon - 5pm) Rosslare Field Day
July 28 Southeast Country Music Festival, Killag, Co Wexford. Featuring performances by Derek Ryan & Band, Michael English & Band, Jimmy Buckley, Cliona Hagan & The Conquerors. Starts 1pm.
July 30 (8.30pm) Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. A hilarious comedy for the entire family. Tickets €13.
July 30 (8.30pm) Comhaltas Seisiún, Coast Hotel, Rosslare Harbour, Co Wexford. Hosted by Bannow CCÉ and Danescastle Music Group. Adm €5. Start of Summer series.
July 30 (9pm) Seisiún an tSamhraidh, The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford. Start of Summer long series. Hosted by Craobh Loch Garman CCÉ and featuring a selection of the best local musicians, singers and dancers, Seisiún is more show than session and high on entertainment value. Happens each each Tuesday up to Aug 13. Adm €5.
July 31 (1.05pm) Lunchtime Concert: Duo B'z art (4 hands/1 piano), St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Organised by Music for Wexford. Duo B'z art is a piano duet for 1 and 2 pianos, founded by André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste in 2004. Playing the piano with 4 hands, they use 20 fingers of 2 musicians sharing the 88 keys of a piano to take audiences on a journey of discovery through the world of arts. Programme: Robert Schumann: Bilder aus Osten Op.66; Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op.23; Brahms: Selection of Hungarian Dances.
July 31 (6pm) Treasure Island by RL Stevenson presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Kilmokea House & Gardens, Great Island, Campile, Co Wexford. Just one of the events happening as part of the countywide Wexford Flower & Garden Festival. Adults €19, Children €14, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children €56). 10% discount for parties of 10 or more. Free garden entry from 5.00pm. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Limited places. Booking essential - tel 051 388109.
Aug 1 (8.30pm and every Tues and Thurs through August) Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti and directed by Stephen Acton, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €13.
Aug 1 (8.30pm) London Astrobeats Orchestra Performs The Police, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9123764.
Aug 2-5 Enniscorthy Rockin' Food Festival, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Aug 2-5 Market House Festival, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Aug 2 Red Hot Copy Peppers - tribute band, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Aug 4 Mad Hatters Tea Party, Wells House, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Aug 5 BBQ and live music on the terrace, Wells House, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Aug 8 (8pm) Chamber Philharmonia Cologne concert, Christ Church, Gorey, Co Wexford. Prog includes Vivaldi Concerti Virtuosi along with music by Mozart, Bach Saint-Saens and Borne. Tickets from Tourist Office Gorey. Tel 053 9421248.
Aug 9-11 Gap Arts Festival, Ballythomas, Co Wexford.
Aug 10 (8.30pm) Aja - Steely Dan tribute, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Aug 10 (7.30pm) The Stunning and Corner Boy: Live at the Castle Marquee, St Martin's GAA, Piercestown, Wexford. Tickets €29.50 from lantern.ie
Aug 11 (7.30pm)Nathan Carter: Live at the Castle Marquee, St Martin's GAA, Piercestown, Wexford. Tickets €32.50 from lantern.ie.
Aug 11,12 (nightly 8pm) Daniel O Donnell, National Opera House, High St, Wexford. Tickets €49.50. Tel 053 9122144.
Aug 25 (2-6pm) Wexford Comhaltas Trad & Music Trail, Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrybank, Wexford. Featuring a selection of the county's top trad and folk acts. Acts, mostly unplugged, will perform at various points along the trail. Pop-up Gaeltacht, songwriters corner, seanachaí, poetry, stalls. Restaurant open. Organised by Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas in association with INHP and with support of Wexford County Council and CCÉ.
Sept 13-15 Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Sept 27-29 Write By The Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford
Oct 4 John Power from Cast/the La's Acoustic, Crown Live, Commercial Quay, Wexford.
Oct 9-13 The Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford.
Oct 11-28 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford.
Oct 22-Nov 1 Wexford Festival Opera, various venues, Wexford town. Tel 053 9122144.

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).
Maggie May's, Monck St, Wexford - folk, trad (9.30pm)
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - acoustic session (9.30pm). No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
Spooner's Irish Trad Session, Riley's Tavern, Monck St, Wexford.
Sean Óg's, Upton Court Hotel, Kilmuckridge - Traditional Irish Night.
Ár mBreacha House of Stories, Raheen, Ballyduff, Co Wexford. Happens the first Tuesday every month.
Adult Ceili dancing (8-9pm), Screen Hall, Screen, Co Wexford
Thomas Moore Tavern, Wexford - trad/folk music (9.30pm) - Tel 053 9174688
Holohan's Pub, Enniscorthy - acoustic session
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm) - ph 053 9144083
Weekly Bingo, Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford.
Mary's Bar, John's Gate St, Wexford - Traditional Singing Session first Thurs each month
Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge - social dance. Adm charge
Corcoran's, Irishtown, New Ross - trad session
White's Hotel, Wexford
Stamps Pub, Market Sq, Enniscorthy - acoustic session
Katie Daly's Bar, Gorey - live music
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
Clonevan Old School House, Kilmuckridge/Ballygarrett - Tunes & Yarns on first Friday of the month. Nominal adm charge covers refreshments.
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 Anvil, Ballymurn - Irish Night (first friday monthly)
Stamp's Pub, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - Trad session
Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy - live music
Sean Óg’s bar, Upton Court Hotel, Kilmuckridge
The Forge, Hilltown, Ballymitty - Session of music, song and story - last Saturday of each month. Starts 9pm.
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)
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar
Seán Óg's, Kilmuckridge - live music
Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy - live music
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 session
Macken's, The Bullring, Wexford - pop, acoustic - ph 053 9122949
John Barry, The Quays, Wexford
Culleton's, Kilrane - trad session
The Sawdust Inn, The Ballagh, Co Wexford - trad session with Padráig and the lads every 2nd Sunday.
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar (6-8pm)
Treacy's Hotel, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy - live music
Benedict's Nightclub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock/pop covers + DJ (11pm)
The Oak Tree, Foulkesmills - social dancing

There is live music at the following venues (some of which have already been listed.). Phone in advance to check/confirm.
Temple Bar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy
The Bailey, Enniscorthy
Dbar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy
Kavanagh's Pub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy
Alba Restaurant, Enniscorthy
Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy - Ph 053 9237800.
Bolg Buí, New Ross
Corcoran's, Irishtown, New Ross
Brandon House Hotel, New Ross
Slaney Inn, Oylegate - occasional trad music sessions.
64, Nell Sweeney's & O2 Nightclub, Gorey. Djs at weekends. Tel 053 9421260.
Katie Daly's Bar, Gorey
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).
Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford
Farmer's Kitchen Hotel, Drinagh, Wexford
The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford
Maggie May's, Monck St, Wexford
Mackens, The Bullring, Wexford
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford
Amber Springs Hotel, Wexford Road, Gorey - Tel 053 9484000.
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, 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.

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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