Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST
What is exciting us most this week? The big number of locally organised gigs and shows coming up, all of them featuring home-grown talent. We particularly like the three date (Dec 15-17) music event All That Rises at the National Opera House. With its excellently curated and very reasonably priced (€10 per show) extravagance of brilliant musicians and singers it is sure to be a crowd pleasing sell-out. Details below.

Good luck to John Warburton, new GM at the National Opera House.

And speaking of the NOH, the perennially fresh-faced, soft-voiced and way-too-nice Daniel O'Donnell will be there August 12th 2023.

Presently running at NOH (until Nov 24) is Sing Out Loud in which over 3000 primary school children from all around Co. Wexford star across 13 performances in a series of fun-filled, high-energy, family-friendly shows. Waving the conductor's baton is Amy Penston. Emcees are Tony Carty, Maggs Jacob and Eric Hayes. Fintan Cleary is in charge of music-making. Guests include celebrity harpist Úna Walsh (Late Late Toy Show), the singing sensation that is Rachel Grace, the brilliant, jaw-dropping GymStars and rhythm kings Extreme Rhythm.

Get ready for Christmas Markets
Fridays and Saturdays: Bullring Market Wexford has arts and crafts, cds and records, hot snacks and coffee, books and curios, gee-gaws and yokes. Enniscorthy Farmers' Market and the Country Market at the IFA Centre focus on home-grown and home-produced food.
Nov 19 (11am-5pm) Gorey Craft Fair, Gorey Shopping Centre
Nov 20 Oylegate Craft Fair, Community Centre, Oylegate
Nov 20 Christmas Craft Fair, Community Centre, Carrig on Bannow
Nov 20 (10am) Duncannon Christmas Market, Parish Hall.
Nov 26 (10am) Bunclody Christmas Market, St Aidan's Hall
Nov 26 (10am) Christmas Craft Fair, Coolcotts Community Centre
Nov 27 (12 noon) Christmas Market, Davidstown Community Centre.
Nov 27 (12 noon) Barntown Christmas Craft Fair, Barntown Community Centre.
Nov 27 Christmas Market, Camross Hall
Nov 27 (12 noon) Christmas Craft Fair, Community Centre, Barntown
Nov 27 Castlebridge Christmas Fair, Castlebridge Hall.
Dec 3 Tagoat Christmas Fair
Dec 4 Food and Craft Market, Ballymitty Hall
Dec 4 St Patrick's Special School Christmas Fair at the school in Drumgoold, Enniscorthy
Dec 4 (12 noon) Christmas Craft Fair, Our Lady's Island
Dec 10 (10am) Christmas Cake Sale, Garrywilliam Community Centre.
Dec 10 (10am) Christmas Market, Murrintown Community Centre
Dec 10 (4pm) Village Christmas Market, Gahan's Village Bar, Clohamon
Dec 11 Rathangan Christmas Craft Fair
Dec 11 Galbally Christmas Craft Fair
Dec 12-23 Wexford Craft Trail Christmas Market, Wexford Arts Centre.
Dec Creative Mall, Wexford

The Wexford Winterland Christmas Parade will take place November 26th with Mr.Claus himself turning on the Christmas lights. The parade will start in Selskar and make it’s way up the Main Street finishing on Wexford’s Quays.
Join us for loads of festive cheer Saturday, November 26th Tickets for Santa’s North Pole Experience available at https://wexfordwinterland.com.
The "Wonderful Christmas Experience" at Wells House runs Nov 26 - Dec 15.

Recently published books by Wexford People
The book Selskar18 is the end-result of a project undertaken by a group of individuals who had undertaken genealogical studies at The People's College. It is crammed to the rafters with loads of interesting stuff you never knew you didn't know about Wexford. If you wants a copy, email selskar18@gmail.com and cross your fingers.

And if you are a fan of home-grown literature, here are some other recent Wexford publications you might check out. Bishop Ger Nash launched Philip Quirke's 'Way-Station - poems and prayers' during the Opera Festival. Patrick Raymond Corish's 'Bagnel Harvey and Wexford 1798' is a must-read for anyone interested in Wexford heritage and history. This book is a genuine page-turner that breathes life into an exciting period in the development of the county and the country. The oh-so-talented and always charming Des Kiely has just released Volume 4 of Fascinating Wexford History. Nicky Rossiter's 'A Companion to the History of Wexford Town' was barely on bookshop shelves before it sold out. The good news is that another print-run is underway. Launched at the start of October was 'Kind Hearts - a book about our lives by children from Syrian families living in County Wexford'.
Seolfaidh Brian Ó Cléirigh an úrscéal 'Is Deacair an Drochrud a Mharú' by Colm Mac Confhaola at Leabharlann Loch Garman. Liam Regan's 'Along the Grassy Path' was launched at Red Books at the start of November, as was issue 4 of The Wexford Bohemian is due for release. John Ironside's gorgeously produced "The Soul of Wexford: A Town and Estuary where the River Slaney meets the Irish Sea" is available at Red Books (€40). “The Guards” by Tom Millar and Tony Fagan is available now in local bookshops.

Green Acres Gallery, Selskar, Wexford.
The Blue Egg Gallery, John's Gate St, Wexford.
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
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. They always appear to be in festive mode up that way!

Keep an eye on the following sites for happenings at Wexford's top tourist destinations and events at the county's main venues.
Lantern Presents
Gorey Events Guide
Slaney News

Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events

Event Listing
Nov 24-26 'Guys and Dolls' performed Carnew Musical Society, St. Brigid's Hall, Carnew. https://www.gr8events.ie/sales/index.php?event=1185
Nov 24-26 Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
Nov 24-27 Frederick Douglas Civil Rights Festival, Wexford town. Starting Thursday (Nov 24) with So Say So Open Mic presented by Stephen James Smith and featuring guest poet Ciara Ní É plus the group Basciville. On Friday, there is a screening of a 'Youth Activist Media Lab Civil Rights Video' followed by an address by Colm O'Gorman. Saturday is the busiest day of the festival: in the morning there is a discussion with a 'Women's Activist Panel' and a Red Moon Creative Arts Theatre children's workshop followed, in the afternoon by further discussions and workshops. At 8pm Saturday, there is an Arts Cabaret with an eclectic mix of live music, spoken word and comedy. Sunday starts at 12 noon with 'An African Feast' (€35pp or €60 for 2). This is followed at 3.30pm with a talk by Professor Christine Kinealy entitled 'A history of Abolitionists in Wexford'.
Nov 24 Jazz trio: Flanigan, Lawlor, Kockott, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Tickets €20/18.
Nov 25 (8pm) ‘Well’ with Pat & Faye Shortt, Gorey Little Theatre.
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 26 (10pm) Mark Monaghan, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford
Nov 27 (4pm) Winter Mosaic presented by Wexford Sinfonia, Rowe Street Church, Wexford. Programme: Overture - Ina Boyle, Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée - Stravinsky, Symphony No.2 in D Major - Sibelius. Conductor: Sinéad Hughes. Leader: Alan Smale. Tickets €20. Tel 089 4142626.
Nov 27 (6pm) Ukrainian Concert: Commemoration of the Holodomor, a famine from which Ukraine suffered 90 years ago - St Mary's Hall, Fethard. Free event. Tickets from St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
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 27 Thanksgiving by Candlelight Concert, St Alphonsus Church, Barntown. With Dana, Chloe Agnew and Brian McGrane, John McNicholl, Philomena Begley, Simon Casey. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9127758.
Nov 29 (2pm) Swing into the Afternoon, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Melanie O'Reilly Trio and writer Michelle Dooley Mahon. First of three once-weekly events. "You are invited to chat and share some of your stories, to be included in a forthcoming publication of Wexford life and times by ... MDM". Free admission. Full bar and refreshments available.
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.
Nov 30 Abba Forever (tribute show), Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey
Dec 1 (7.30pm) Fawlty Towers Dining Experience, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Emmm. Must work or WAC wouldn't be having this event on repeat. 3 course meal and all the joyous mayhem you can stomach. Tickets €65 pp. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 2 George Murphy, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Sold Out.
Dec 2 Michael Collins Band (dancing), Camross Hall, Camross
Dec 2 Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi Tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Dec 3 Superstars Stage Academy: The Naughty Elves, National Opera House, Wexford. Three shows, all sold out.
Dec 3 (7pm) Saoirse on Stage, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €10.
Dec 3 Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €32.50-€25. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 3 (7pm) Saoirse on Stage, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €10.
Dec 3 (8.30pm) Declan Sinnott and Victoria Keating, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. €20/18. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 3 Glory Days: Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 3 Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €32.50-€25. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 4 (1.30pm) Christmas Duets with Lonra Sopranos, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Another annual festival fav featuring sopranos Trish Goggins and Ruth Gallagher. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9122975.
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 6 (2pm) Swing into the Afternoon, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Melanie O'Reilly Trio and writer Michelle Dooley Mahon. Second of three once-weekly events. "You are invited to chat and share some of your stories, to be included in a forthcoming publication of Wexford life and times by ... MDM". Free admission. Full bar and refreshments available.
Dec 6 A Christmas Country Show with the stars, Brandon House Hotel, New Ross. Brendan Shine, Declan Nerney, Mick Flavin, Ray Lynam, Patrick O'Sullivan, Michael Collins. Backed by Keltic Storm Band. Tickets €30 + fees. Tel 051 421255.
Dec 7,8,10,11 Pretend Sick by MJ Ginnelly (drama), Craanford Community Centre, Craanford, Co Wexford.
Dec 8 (7pm) 2 Many Dance Moves School: Move, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €18/12. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 8 (7pm) Christmas in Wexford with Nicky Rossiter, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford. "Nicky looks back over various Christmas seasons in Wexford in peace, in war and in industrial strife." Pre-booking recommended. Online: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3959772. Tel 053 9196760.
Dec 8 (8pm) Alice Wickham McIntyre, James McIntyre, Michael Murphy @ Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford. Adm €5.
Dec 8 Frankie Gavin, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Listen to Frankie
Dec 9 (8pm) Peer Pleasure, Unstuck, VistaFutur, Richie O'Donnell, Alan Dobbs, Geoff Morrison @ Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €10.
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 10 (2pm) Old Mother Hubbard's Crazy Christmas Show, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Family tickets available. Tel 053 9233000.
Dec 10 (3pm) The Big Sing, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €5. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 10 (7pm) Made in Wexford - Wexford Filmmakers Showcase, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tickets €7.
Dec 10 (8pm) Corner Boys and guests, National Opera House, Wexford. Sold out.
Dec 10 Artists Arty Party Christmas Knees Up, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. A festive knees up with DJ Ronan Buggy on the decks and Ben Dolan on the video visuals. Full bar available. Spot prizes for best Christmas outfits. Pre0-booking advised. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 11 (4pm) HFC Concert Band, National Opera House, Wexford. With guests Presentation School Choir. Tickets €20/10. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 11 (5pm & 7pm) Discovering Drama: A Christmas Cracker, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €12. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 11 (6pm) Divine Invention, T Morris Pub, Monck St, Wexford.
Dec 12 (7pm) Sheila Grace Dance Company presents DAZZLE, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €18.50/15.50. TGel 053 9122144.
Dec 13 (2pm) Swing into the Afternoon, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Melanie O'Reilly Trio and writer Michelle Dooley Mahon. Last of three weekly events. "You are invited to chat and share some of your stories, to be included in a forthcoming publication of Wexford life and times by ... MDM". Free admission. Full bar and refreshments available.
Dec 13 (7.30pm) Wexford Science Café, Wexfod Library, Mallin St, Wexford. "The science and art behind Línte na Farraige will be discussed. This project has installed a set of LED strip lights in Wexford harbour indicating where high tides might reach in a few decades." Speakers: Dr Zoe Roseby of TCD, a specialist in tides, David Dodd, Dublin Climate Action Regional Officer, who initiated the project, Finnish artist Pekka Niityvirta (remotely), who co-designed the installation, and Wexford County Council environmental scientist Brendan Cooney. Pre-booking recommended. Online: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3961154. Tel 053 9196760.
Dec 14 So Say So open mic poetry night with mc Stephen James Smith, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford.
Dec 14 Aslan: 40 years, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 15 (11am) Seasonal Carols, Songs and Stories with Liam Gaul, Wexford Library, Mallin St, Wexford. Pre-booking recommended. Online: https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/3960491. Tel 053 9196760.
Dec 15 (8pm) All That Rises: Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, RachelGrace, The Ocelots, JH Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €10. 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 16 (8pm) All That Rises: Cathy Davey, Patricia Lalor, Frankenstein Bolts, JH Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €10. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 16 (8.30pm) Mockie Ah: Slay Kweens, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets @25/22. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 16 ABBAesque, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €22 + fees
Dec 17 (7pm) A Christmas Gala Concert, St Iberius Church, Wexford. With Sinéad Campbell-Wallace (soprano), Gavin Ring (tenor), Cyril Murphy (piano). Expect opera favs, Christmas classics and more, including premiere of two new pieces. Tickets €30 from Wexford Arts Centre. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 17 (8pm) All That Rises: (8pm) All That Rises: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ian Doyle, Basciville, w/guest Stephen James Smith, JH Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €10. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 17 JMA: Neil Young & Bob Dylan, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. An annual Christmas fav guaranteed to bring the house down. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 17 Essentially Cher, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 18 (1pm) Saxology Saxophone Quartet, Wexford County Council Offices, Carricklawn, Wexford. With guests: Liam Berry on drums and singer Aileen Donohoe. Tickets from Wexford Arts Centre. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 18 (2pm, 7pm) Wexford School of Ballet & Performing Arts presents 'The Nutcracker Kingdom', National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €22/€18. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 21 (7.30pm) The Magic of Christmas with Claudia Boyle and the National Symphony Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. Guests Cór Linn and actor Stephen Rea. Tickets €25-45. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 22 (8.30pm) Pierce Turner's Christmas Show, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 23 Qween: Queen tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. €22 + fees.
Dec 27 The Frisky Gypsys, Ruben Buggy and State Of Mind, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets from lantern.ie.
Dec 29 Mary Coughlan, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Tickets from www.lantern.ie
Dec 29 The Year Grunge Broke, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 30 Live Forever: Oasis Tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. €22 + fees.
Dec 31 IE/DC - AC/DC Tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Dec 31 Spirit of Smokie, Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey. Tickets €25 from hotel or ticketstop.ie.

Jan 6 Nathan Carter, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 7 Thinner Lizzy, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €15 + fees
Jan 13-21 Robin Hood, the panto, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey.
Jan 14 Lantern Presents Gearoid Farrelly, Crown Live, Wexford
Jan 14 The High Kings: XV Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 18-22 Wexford Pantomime Society: Aladdin, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €18/13. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 27 (8pm) Take It To The Limit: A Celebration Of The Eagles, NAtional Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €31.50. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 28 (8pm) An Evening with Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €33.50. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 3 The Special Consensus, Colfer's Pub, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. Bluegrass specialists who have been coming to Carrig for more than quarter of a century.
Feb 10 Neil Delamere (comedy), Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets www.lantern.ie
Feb 11 Karl Spain (comedy), Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
March 2 David Gray: Skellig, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 30 Neil Delamere (comedy), Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €27 from www.lantern.ie
April 7 Christy Moore, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €45-42. Tel 053 9122144
April 14 Lantern Presents Gearoid Farrelly, Crown Live, 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.

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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