Today Thursday is National Poetry Day. Join the Front Room Poets and friends at Wexford Arts Centre at 8pm this evening for Poetry Surprises. Front Room Poets are a Wexford based group who meet in a cosy front room to discuss their own writing with each other, offering support, encouragement, and intense consideration. No charge.

The last in the Terra Nostra lecture series run in conjunction with the exhibition at County Hall takes place this evening (Thurs) at 6pm in County Hall. Declan Long presents: "You are Neither Here Nor There: Art and Twenty-first Century Irish Landscapes." Long is Programme Director of the MA Art in the Contemporary World at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

The Wexford Literary Festival Launch takes place 7.30pm this evening in Enniscorthy Castle with special guest Billy Roche.

April 28,29 Classic Car Show, The Quays, Wexford. Hosted by the Wexford Classic Car Club. The cars will be on The Quays from 11am on Sat. On Sunday morning the cars take off on a 100 mile spin finishing at Corcoran's Bar, New Ross.

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

The Pigyard Gallery, Wexford has the official opening this Thurs, April 26th (6pm) of Nadezda Kakoli: New Watercolours.
Hanneke Van Ryswyk has an exhibition entitled Mynydd (Mountain) opening at the Norman Gallery, Rathnure on Saturday May 19th (3pm).
The exhibition Terra Nostra runs at Wexford County Council Buildings until Friday April 27th. The exhibition explores landscape (memory, imagination, perception) and the relationships we have to land, and features the work of six artists whose practice is heavily influenced by landscape - Frank Abruzzese, Karl Burke, Laura Fitzgerald, Paul Gaffney, Hanneke van Ryswyl and Gerda Teljeur. The show also takes highlights from the Wexford County Art Collection - Robert Armstrong, Cecilia Dannell, Phoebe Donovan, Martin Gale, Eithne Jordan, Paddy Lennon, Alice Maher, Hugh O’Connor, Blaise Smith, Mary Swanzy, Keith Wilson. Curated by Mexican native and Fulbright Scholar Karla Sanchez-Zepeda O’Connell.
Greenacres Gallery has a really classy exhibition by Conor Walton. Seriously good. www.conorwalton.com
PERIPHERY SPACE is a professionally managed art space in Gorey in which "new ideas, discourses, and processes in contemporary art, film and photography will be fostered and formed".
Jonathan Murphy's new gallery Light and Shade is now open at 24 Selskar St, Wexford (opposite Spectrum).
Kamera8 is a top grade photography gallery ticked away on Wexford's Rowe Street.
The Collins-Grant Gallery is on Wexford's Rowe Street.
The Gaslamp Gallery is at Esmonde St, Gorey. www.thegaslampgallery.com
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is run by an artists' collective. Open 2-5.30pm, Tues - Sat.
The Cockleshell Art Gallery is at Main Street, Duncannon, Co Wexford. Not open Wednesday. Cockleshell Art Gallery on Facebook

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.

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

April 26 (7pm) "Reading the poetry of the Great War" through a series of lectures at Wexford Library is Dr Derek Coyle. The last in the series takes place this Thurs. The theme: "A Deeper Register: the war and poetry".
April 27 (8pm) A Story Of Destiny, written and performed by Carrick-On-Suir artist, Robert Power. National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on
April 27,28 (8pm nightly) The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh presented by Enniscorthy Drama Group, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
April 27 (8pm) Magic of the Movies and Musicals Concert, Christ Church, Gorey, Co Wexford. In aid of Gorey-Malawi Health Partnership. Featuring West End singer Annalene Beechey and soprano Deirdre Masterson. Also Kelli-Ann Masterson and Lynette Beechey. Tickets €20. www.thepalmsurgery.com
April 27 (8.30pm) An evening with Liam Merriman and Jody McStravick, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Songwriter and all round nice guy Merriman has a new album, Acoustic River, about to hit the shelves. Jody, based in Paris, is a regular performer on the Radio France Open Sessions. Between them they have a bunch of great songs. Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764. Online booking
April 27 Susie Q, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford.
April 28 The 2018 Wexford May Bush Festival - Talk and Workshop Series. Saturday the 28th April 2018. 11am - 12.30pm - Gorey Library - Phone 053 9421481. 2.30pm - 4pm - Bunclody Library - Phone (053) 937 5466.
April 28,29 The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh presented by multi-award winning Enniscorthy Drama Group, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Director Tom Reddy. Tel 053 9233000.
April 28 Blackstairs Rebels, Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola, Co Wexford. In aid of Hope Cancer Support Centre.
April 28 (9pm) The Delray Rockets followed by r'n'r DJ Vince, IFA Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. €10/8.
April 28 (10pm) Gerry Quigley Band, Holohan's Pub, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. "Experience mesmerising and captivating originals, along with the best of classic blues and original blues rock."
April 30 - May 5 (nightly 8pm) Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, National Opera House, Wexford. Presented by WLOS. Tickets €22.50/25. Tickets from WLOS on High Street. Tel 053 9174808.
May 3 (8pm) Comedy Crunch, Macken's Pub, The Bullring, Wexford. Dublin’s fav comedy club is taking over Wexford for one night only – featuring the best of Irish comedy and free ice cream for everyone!! Adm €12. https://lantern.ie
May 4 (8pm) No Smoke without Fire by Paddy Murray (comic drama), Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. "There’s sixty thousand euro post office robbery money up for grabs and scandal knows no bounds, as six women gossip intermittently in the smoking area of a Dublin pub, leaving a trail of personal information behind them." Tickets €16/14. Tel 053 9123764. Online booking
May 4 Snowpoet workshop (4.30pm) and concert (8.30pm), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. 'Thought You Knew' is the second album from Snowpoet, the London based band led by writing duo of Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year (2016) Lauren Kinsella and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. The band also features Josh Arcoleo on saxophone, Matt Robinson on keys, Nick Costley-White on guitar and Dave Hamblett on drums. Ticket for concert €15/12 and concert/workshop €25. Tel 053 9123764. Online booking
May 4 (8pm) FOIL ARMS AND HOG – OINK, Dun Mhuire Theatre, South Main St, Wexford. Tickets €25. https://lantern.ie
May 4 (9pm) IMPROV! WITH DERMOT WHELAN (TODAY FM), KEVIN GILDEA AND DANNY KEHOE, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. €15. https://lantern.ie
May 4 (10pm) Dancing to Michael Collins, Camross Hall, Camross, Co Wexford. Adm €8 includes tea.
May 5 (7pm) Rory's Stories, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. His parodies skewer recognisable GAA ‘characters’ such as the dirty corner-back, the cocky corner-forward, the biased umpire, and the Junior ‘B’ full-forward, among many others. Tickets €15. https://lantern.ie
May 5 (8pm) Proof by David Auburn directed by Paul Walsh and presented by Wexford Drama Group, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford. Tickets €14/12. Tel 051 421255.
May 5 (8pm) Hermitage Green with special guest Niall Cash and his Band, Dun Mhuire Theatre, South Main St, Wexford. Tickets €23. https://lantern.ie
May 5 (8pm) ERIC LALOR WITH EMMA DORAN (comedy), Macken's Pub, The Bullring, Wexford. €12. https://lantern.ie
May 6 (2pm and 7pm) Wexford Campus Drama presents Mrs. Doubtfyre, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €10/5. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
May 6 (7pm) DEIRDRE O’KANE -A LINE OF O’KANE (comedy), Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €20. https://lantern.ie
May 6 (8pm) Aslan with support by Corner Boy and MACA, Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford. Full bar. Tickets €25. https://lantern.ie
May 6 (9pm) THE VINE DINNER AND COMEDY WITH GEARÓID FARRELLY & ÁINE GALLAGHER, Vine Restaurant, North Main St, Wexford. Tickets (incl dinner) €45. https://lantern.ie
May 6 (9.30pm) DANNY O’ BRIEN RACONTOUR, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €15. https://lantern.ie
May 7 (7-9pm) Youth Gig, Holohan's Pub, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Four bands.
May 10 (8pm) Vladimir & Anton “Songs of the People”, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Vladimir Jablokov and Anton Jablokov on violin, Adam Kuruc on piano and Peter Vizvari on double bass. "About five seconds in, they had the whole of The London Palladium eating out of the palm of their hands" Giles Cooper. Tickets €22. Tel 053 9123764. Online booking
May 11 (8pm) Finbar Furey - Don't Stop This Now Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on
May 10,11 A Date with Doris starring Aileen Donohoe, JH Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on
May 11 (8.30pm) JMA - A Night of Rock Legends - Neil Young & Bob Dylan, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Adm €10.
May 13 (3pm) Clarinet Recital with Julian Milkis with piano accompaniment by Anna Kiselyova, Norman Gallery, Monksgrange, Rathnure, Co Wexford. They will perform Giya Kancheli's gorgeous Minatures. Tickets €20 (includes tea/coffee and access to gardens). Concert is dedicated to the memory of accordionist, Alexander Sevastian (1977-2018).
May 13 (4pm) Musici Ireland, St Peter's Church, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. Prog: Liam Bates: Vivo; Mozart Clarinet Quintet; Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Tickets €17/14/5.
May 15 (8pm) IFI Local Films for Local People - Down Wexford Way, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. A programme of films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. Tickets €5. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
May 16 Snowpatrol, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: €60/€55 plus Ticketmaster booking fees.
May 17 (7.30pm) The Simon & Garfunkel Story, National Opera House, Wexford. Direct from it’s success in London’s West End. Tickets €25/23. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on
May 18 (8.30pm) Billy Roche Red Guitar Tour, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Mike Odlum on bass and keyboards and Pete McCamley on drums/percussion. Tickets €20 (includes album). Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
May 19 (8pm) Wexford Sinfonia Summer Concert with trumpet virtuoso Niall O' Sullivan, National Opera House, Wexford. Conductor: Andrew Synnott. Leader: Alan Smale. Programme: Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in Eb; Beethoven: Symphony No.7. Tickets €20. Special offer for families - €5 per child and €10 per accompanying adult. Group discounts - 5+ people pay €10 pp.
DISCOUNT CODE = sinfonia. (Note: discount tickets are in Upper Circle only.) Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on
May 20 (8pm) Music Network presents Heidi Talbot, voice/ukulele, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, voice/accordion, John McCusker, violin/whistles, Paul Meehan, guitar, National Opera House (JH Theatre), Wexford. This is not just about the sumptuous wild-honey sweet voice of Talbot; look at that line up of musicians! Tickets €16/14. Tel 053 9122144.
May 25 (8pm) Sean Keane in concert, Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. Nothing short of a national treasure. Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style.​ Tickets €25. Tel 053 9129922.
May 25 (8pm) Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy, adapted for stage by Shay Linehan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €22/20.
May 26 (8pm) Rebecca O’Connor as Tina Turner: "Simply the Best", National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €28/25. Tel 053 9122144.
May 29 (8pm) Don McLean, National Opera House, Wexford. Direct from it’s success in London’s West End. Tickets €59.50. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on.
May 31 (8.30pm) Remi Harris Trio, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Take Gypsy Swing and infuse liberally with Jazz, Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Funk and other assorted flavours. The show features Remi on a variety of acoustic and electric guitars accompanied by a hot club rhythm section of acoustic guitar and double bass. Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
June 2 (8.30pm) Don Baker & Rob Strong, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford town. Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com
June 8 (8pm) Dirtbirds (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Featuring The Nuala's member Sue Collins alongside stand-up specialist Sinead Culbert. Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9122144.
June 16 The Bloomsday Cáca Milis Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764. www.cacamilis.org
June 27 Christy Moore - On The Road (re-scheduled), Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Sold out.
Aug 17 March 16 Lúnasa Cáca Milis Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764. www.cacamilis.org
Sept 21 Culture Night Cáca Milis Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764. www.cacamilis.org

Nov 2-4 Wexford Literary Festival, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Dec 21Winter Solstice Fire Cáca Milis Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764. www.cacamilis.org

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)..
The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm)
T. Morris, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm)
Maggie May's, Monck St, Wexford - folk, trad (9.30pm)
The Loch & Quay Pub, Monck St, Wexford - folk, trad
White's Hotel (bar), Wexford - trad, folk (8.30pm) (9.30pm)
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - live music
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy - live music (9.30pm)
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - acoustic session (9.30pm). No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
Ár mBreacha House of Stories, Raheen, Ballyduff, Co Wexford. Happens the first Tuesday every month.
Social dancing with Eddie O'Hanlon, Askamore Activity Centre at 8.30pm. Adm €5.
Adult Ceili dancing (8-9pm), Screen Hall, Screen, Co Wexford
Thomas Moore Tavern, Wexford - trad/folk music (9.30pm) - Tel 053 9174688
The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford - Candlelight Sessions (not every Tues - always check beforehand!)
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - Americana music session (9.30pm). No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
The Bailey, Enniscorthy - 50s Jive Dancing class / social dancing (7.30pm beginners, 8.45pm advanced, followed by general dancing). Music by DJ Lew Boogie. Adm €5.
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - live music
The Porter House, Castlebridge - live music
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm) - ph 053 9144083
The Sky & The Ground, Wexford - trad, folk
Talbot Hotel, Wexford - folk, pop (9.30pm).
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - trad session (10pm)
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - ballad session
Seán Óg's, Kilmuckridge - social and country dancing (10pm) €6
Tír na nÓg, Wellingtonbridge - social dance. Adm €5.
Corcoran's, Irishtown, New Ross - trad session
White's Hotel, Wexford - folk, trad (8.30pm)
Mackens, The Bullring, Wexford - acoustic session - ph 053 9122949
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - ballad session - ph 053 9123692
Maggie May's, Wexford - rock/pop covers
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
Bolg Buì, New Ross, Co Wexford - The Last Friday Sessions (last fri of month)
Clonevan Old School House, Kilmuckridge/Ballygarrett - Tunes & Yarns on first Friday of the month. Adm €7/3 (incl refreshments)
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford - live music (Summer only)
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 Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - rock
Dbar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Wilson's Pub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Katie Daly's, Gorey, Co Wexford - blues session. No cc. Tel 053 9483920.
The Anvil, Ballymurn - Irish Night (first friday monthly)
Stamp's Pub, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - Trad session
The Forge, Hilltown, Ballymitty - Session of music, song and story - last Saturday of each month. Starts 9pm.
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford - live music (Summer only)
The Sky & The Ground, Wexford - some interesting (late notice!) gigs happening there. Always check beforehand.
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)
Farmer's Kitchen Hotel, Drinagh - live music (9.30pm)
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - pop/rock covers
The Temple Bar (Treacy's Hotel), Enniscorthy - rock
Dbar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Wilson's Pub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy - live music (10.30pm)
Corcoran's, Irishtown, New Ross - live music
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar
Whitford Hotel, Whitford Roundabout, Wexford - live music (Summer only)
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 blues session
Macken's, The Bullring, Wexford - pop, acoustic - ph 053 9122949
The Sky & The Ground Pub, Wexford - live music (8pm)
Talbot Hotel, Wexford - jazz session (2.30-4.30pm)
John Barry, The Quays, Wexford - acoustic folk (6pm)
Culleton's, Kilrane - trad session
Jack Bailey's, St Aidan's, Wexford - pop/rock covers
Katie Daly's Bar, Gorey, Co Wexford - jazz session (6.30pm). No cc.
Temple Bar, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey - live music in bar (6-8pm)
Dbar, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - Trad session
The Bailey, Enniscorthy - Sunday Session (5pm)
Donohoe's, Duffry Hill, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - acoustic session (6pm & 9pm)
Benedict's Nightclub, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford - rock/pop covers + DJ (11pm)

There is also live music at weekends at the following venues. (Phone in advance to check/confirm.)
Slaney Inn, Oylegate - occasional trad music sessions.
64, Nell Sweeney's & O2 Nightclub, Gorey, Djs at weekends. Tel 053 9421260.
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).
Amber Springs Hotel, Wexford Road, Gorey - Tel 053 9484000.
Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy - Ph 053 9237800.
Millrace Hotel, Bunclody - ph 053 9375400.
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 has moved to the Youth Arts Studio, Pinewood Business Park, Wexford (beside Lidl). 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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