|Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST
Annual Lions Club Exhibition officially opens 4pm Sat, Jan 18 at Wexford Arts Centre.
Wexford Trad Hub on Wexford's Slaney Street has really hit the ground running since starting up in September. They offer a range of music (Thurs and Fri) and dance classes (Fri, Sat) and they may have an Irish language classes (starter and intermediate levels) starting up in 2020. Adult whistle classes have commenced Thursday: Beginners at 7pm and Intermediate at 7.45pm. The fortnightly Trad Ensemble brings together traditional musicians of an intermediate to advanced level for an informal session with expert guidance. Meets every 2nd Saturday (NEXT ONE: SAT, JAN 25). Ages 13-18: 12:30-1:30pm; ages 12's and under: 1:30-2:30pm. All instruments welcome. Rónán Ó Snodaigh's very popular Bodhrán Club is there Monday evenings with classes for children at 7pm, adults at 8pm.
Check FB for more classes by Comhaltas groups and music/dance schools in Taghmon, Crossabeg, Gorey, Craanford, Enniscorthy, New Ross and Carrig on Bannow. There are also a good number of music schools and teachers including Gleeson School of Music in Wexford, Nora Kavanagh School in Enniscorthy, Alice McIntyre in Barntown
A Desire For Closeness, a new exhibition by Nicola Anthony is at Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy as part of First Fortnight, the mental health arts and culture festival.
Open Lens Photo Gallery is at Yola Hedge School & Family Centre, Tagoat.
The Creative Hub, at the Bull Ring Mall, Wexford has loads of interesting arts and crafts by local artists.
Kamera8, Rowe St, Wexford.
The eclectic Blue Egg Gallery is on John's Gate St, Wexford.
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford's biggest gallery space, is to go-to place for Wexford's best selection of fine art.
Jonathan Murphy's gallery Light and Shadow is at 24 Selskar St, Wexford (opposite Spectrum).
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 Picture House is at Wexford Arts Centre.
The Arc Cinema in Wexford town is now open for business.
Gorey Cinema - showing a regular stream of top notch opera, ballet, musicals, etc.
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
Jan 17,18 Beauty & The Beast, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. Final two nights. Director is Alan Corcoran and Musical Director is Fintan Cleary. Tickets €16/13.
Jan 17 The Glass Asylum by Niall Ó Muirí, presented by Bunclody/Kilmyshal Drama Group, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexfod. Tickets €12.
Jan 17 (8pm) Hermitage Green + Corner Boy, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 17 (9pm) Wexford Traditional Singers Session, Mary's Bar, John's Gate St, Wexford.
Jan 17 Friday Live: Paddy Byrne, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Jan 18 The High Kings, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €32. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 20 Rónán's Bodhrán Club, Wexford Trad Hub, Slaney Street, Wexford. Classes for children (7pm/€5) and adults (8pm/€10). Rónán Ó Snodaigh is a master percussionist along with everything else - sean nós singer, poet, activist. He is a member of trad/fusion band Kíla.
Jan 22 Social dancing with Peter Burke, Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co Wexford.
Jan 24 (8pm) Ross Ainslie, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor and Jack Talty, National Opera House, Wexford. A Music Network concert featuring four top traditional musicians. Tickets €17/15. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 24 Friday Live: Niall McCarney, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Jan 25 (6-8pm) Raising Standards Piano Trio, The Sky & The Ground. First in a 3-part mini-series. Hear music by some of the great piano trios played by the great young talent Luke Howard on Piano accompanied by Peter Erdi on bass and Kevin Lawlor on drums. Adm €10 or €25 for all three gigs.
Jan 25 (8pm) Laughter Lounge, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. With Eric Lalor, Gar Murran and John Colleary.
Jan 25 (8.30pm) Jeffrey Foucault plus guests Billy Conway and Ry Cavanaugh, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker). Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9123764.
Jan 26 (2.30pm) Magical Journeys, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Wexford storyteller Joe Brennan dips into his collection of traditional stories to bring the audience on ‘Magical Journeys’. Start of a monthly series. Tel 053 9123764.
Jan 27 Rónán's Bodhrán Club, Wexford Trad Hub, Slaney Street, Wexford. Classes for children (7pm/€5) and adults (8pm/€10). Rónán Ó Snodaigh is a master percussionist along with everything else - sean nós singer, poet, activist. He is a member of trad/fusion band Kíla.
Jan 29-31 (8pm nightly) Bridge Drama Presents “Men Should Weep” by Ena Lamont Stewart, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 29 Social dancing with Stuart Moyles, Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co Wexford.
Jan 31 Friday Live: Andrew Berry, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Feb 1 (11.30am, 2pm) KATO - Tiny Dancer: A DJ Set for Kids with Donal Dineen, National Opera House, Wexford. Adults €7 / children €5. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 1 Tommy Fleming, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 1 (8.30pm) Pilgrim Street, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Featuring Peadar Farrelly on Guitar and Vocals, Singer/Songwriter Eugene Donegan on Banjo and Vocals, Eoin McDonnell on Mandolin and Vocals, Francis McGinn on Bass,Mark Lynch on Dobro, Brendan Kelly on Accordion and Vocals and and Cathal McQuaid on the Fiddle. Bluegrass, Old Time Country and Folk Music, fused with traditional folk songs. Tickets €18.
Feb 2 (7.30pm) Takasago & Between the Stones, National Opera House, Wexford. Afternoon demonstration talk at 4.30pm with Hideta Kitazawa. A rare and unique programme of classical and contemporary noh to celebrate Japan Season of Culture in the year of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Noh is a highly aesthetic classical Japanese theatre style featuring dance, music and poetry. Acclaimed artists Teruhisa and Kinue Oshima, and Akira Matsui collaborate with Jannette Cheong and Richard Emmert once again in celebration of the 2020 Japan Season of Culture. Tickets €12-25 - tel 053 9122144.
Feb 6 Isla Grant, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Feb 7-9 Annual Wexford Traditional Singing Weekend, various venues in Tagoat, Piercestown and Rosslare Harbour. Opening Fri night (9pm) with a session at Cushen's Pub, Tagoat.
Feb 7 (7.30pm) Movie World Premiere: " Besties" written and directed by Dick Donoghue and produced by Jer Ennis, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Proceeds to Focus Ireland.
Feb 7 (8pm) Take Off Your Cornflakes by Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan (drama), Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Inspired by Rose’s Dad, Jack, who had Alzheimer’s but couldn’t remember he had cancer, Take Off Your Cornflakes is a tender, funny, heart-warming portrait of marriage with the best ‘Dad Jokes’ you’ve ever heard. Tickets €16/14. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 7 (8pm) “Reeling In the Showband Years”, National Opera House, Wexford. The star-studded cast includes MC Ronan Collins, Red Hurley, Linda Martin, The Swarbriggs, Shaun O'Dowd, Keith and Lorraine McDonald, The Conquerors Showband. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 7 McCartney - All the Best, All the Hits!, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Feb 7 Friday Live: Dave Cox, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Feb 8 Annual Wexford Traditional Singing Weekend: afternoon (2pm) session at GAA Centre, Percestown; evening session (9pm) at Coast Hotel, Rosslare Harbour.
Feb 8 (8pm) Finbar Wright and friends, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets @38/35. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 8 (8.30pm) Luan Parle and Clive Barnes, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €10. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 9 (12 noon) Annual Wexford Traditional Singing Weekend Closing Session, Coast Rosslare, Rosslare Harbour.
Feb 9 (8pm) Johnny Cash Roadshow, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 12 (8pm) Music Network Presents Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, National Opera House, Wexford (Jerome Hynes Theatre). Featuring Alina on harp, Tony Kofi (sax), Larry Bartley (d/bass) & Joel Prime (percussion). Tickets €17/15. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 13 (87pm) Tintown presented by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, National Opera House, Wexford. Written and performed by Bob Kelly. Tickets €18/15. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 14 (8pm) Keith Barry: Insanity, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €33. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 14-16 (8pm nightly) Dreamland by Jim Nolan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €16/14. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 14 Friday Live: Cian Fitz, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Feb 15-22 (nightly 8pm) Wexford Drama Group presents "Closer" by Patrick Marber, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 15 (8pm) Jason Byrne (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 16 (7pm) Credo & Friends Evening Recital, St Iberius Church, Wexford. With guests Cyril Murphy (piano) and violinist Lynda O'Connor. Tickets from Wexford Arts Centre. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 16 (8pm) Dirty Dusting with Mary Byrne of X Factor, National Opera House, Wexford. Presented by Dressing Room 1 Productions. Tickets - tel 053 9122144.
Feb 17 (8pm) Music Network Presents Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, National Opera House, Wexford. Bzhezhinska on harp is accompanied by Tony Kofi (sax), Larry Bartley (d/bass) & Joel Prime (drums). The jazz harpist takes "the groundbreaking work of Alice Coltrane as a stepping-off point for her own flighty improvisations and sonic adventures". Ticketws €17/15. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 18 (7.30pm) A Woman's Heart Orchestrated, National Opera House, Wexford. With Eleanor McEvoy, Wallis Bird, Maura O'Connell and RTÉ Concert Orchestra under conductor Gavin Murphy. Tickets €25-45. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 20-22 (8pm nightly) Bridge Drama Presents “Men Should Weep” by Ena Lamont Stewart, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 21 Friday Live: Ciaran Olohan, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Feb 22 (8pm) Hansel & Gretel by Humperdinck presented by Irish National Opera/Theatre Lovett/Abbey Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford. Raphaela Mangan (mezzo soprano) is Hansel and Amy Ní Fhearraigh (soprano) is Gretel, Sung in English. Tickets €30/27. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 22 Craic Sabbath - Tribute to Black Sabbath, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Feb 23 (7.30pm) Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna and presented by Cahoots NI, National Opera House, Wexford. The play follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845. Tickets €18/15 and children €9. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 26 (8pm) Bridge Drama Presents “Men Should Weep” by Ena Lamont Stewart, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 27-March 1 Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend presented by Craobh Loch Garman, the Wexford town branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Featuring some of Ireland's trad and folk stars including Zoë Conway (fiddle), John McIntyre (guitar), John Sheahan (fiddler with The Dubliners), Rónán Ó Snodaigh (singer/bodhrán with Kíla), Daoirí Farrell, Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes), Mick D'Arcy (Corner Boy), Tom Doorley (flute player with Danú), Pádraig McGovern (uilleann pipes), former presenter of RTE's The Rolling Wave Peter Browne, singer/folklorist Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune.
Feb 28 Friday Live: Aidan Kelly, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Feb 29 Johnny McEvoy, Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford.
Feb 29 Flash Harry - a tribute to the band Queen, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
March 3 (8pm) Music Network Presents Saltarello Trio, National Opera House, Wexford. With Garth Knox -medieval fiddle/viola d’amore/viola; Sylvain Lemêtr - percussion; Agnès Vesterman - cello. Programme includes music by Hildegard von Bingen, John Dowland, Henry Purcell Music and Antonio Vivaldi . Tickets €17/15. Tel 053 9122144.
March 4-7 Wild in the Country written by Paul O'Reilly and presented by Enniscorthy Drama Group, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. "When it is suggested to Rose that her favourite superstar, Elvis Presley, is coming to town to perform in the local hall, she gives it her all to get ready for this great event. But when her plans to meet and seduce Elvis get interrupted by her Mozart loving husband, a washing machine, a local election, and Mother time herself, she decides she must take matters into her own hands if she is to fulfil her destiny." Tickets €15/10.
March 6-13 (8pm nightly) Wexford Drama Festival, National Opera House, Wexford. Patron ticket €60. Tel 053 9122144.
March 6 (8pm) "Heal Your Hole" with Norma Sheahan (comedy), Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9123764.
March 6 (8pm) The Very Best Of Gift Grub starring Mario Rosenstock, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €38. Tel 053 9122144.
March 6 Friday Live: The Underdogs, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
March 7 (8pm) Derek Ryan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144.
March 7 The Calling with the special guests Psycho Village & TADGH, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
March 8 (7.30pm) The Royal Moscow Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25-33. Tel 053 9122144.
March 10 (8pm) Leo Sayer - Just A Boy in Ireland, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €36. Tel 053 9122144.
March 12 Andrew Maxwell: Reality, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary, the enigmatic Maxwell is back with a brand new show.
March 13 Des Bishop: Mamma Mia, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
March 13 Friday Live: Bad Bax Acoustic, Katie Daly's, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
March 14 (8pm) Breathe - The Pink Floyd Experience: The Dark Side of the Moon - Live, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €28/25. Tel 053 9122144.
March 14 (8.30pm) Davy Lyons & Cry Monster Cry, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9123764.
March 20 (8pm) Lantern Presents Foil Arms and Hog: ”Swines”, National Opera House, Wexford. SOLD OUT!
March 20 (8.30pm) Downes, O'Brien & O’Donovan Trio (jazz), Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764.
March 21 (8.30pm) Kieran Goss and Annie Kinsella "Oh The Starlings Tour", Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €22. Tel 053 9123764.
March 21 Kerbdog, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €20.
March 22 (8.30pm) SONGS & TALL TALES OF JERRY FISH, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Carnival creator, circus ringmaster, playwright, singer, songwriter and poet. Tickets €22.
March 26 Mike Denver with guest Brendan Shine, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
March 27 (8.30pm) Sun Shakers, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. 4 piece 'psychedelic soul' band. Influences include Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Aretha Franklin, Kendrick Lamar, Fleetwood Mac, John Maher, John Frusciante, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. Tivkets €10. Tel 053 9123764.
March 27 The Remedy Club, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
March 28 (8pm) Ross Browne presents Banjaxed, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9123764.
March 28 Roll with it - The Ultimate Oasis Experience, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
April 4 Abuse Your Illusion- Tribute to Guns N' Roses, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
April 10 Paul Brady, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €38.50. Tel 053 9122144.
April 25 Harvest- A Tribute to Neil Young, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
May 10 Fleadh Contae Loch Garman / Wexford Fleadh Cheoil, CBS Secondary School, Wexford
Aug 1,2 Crown Fest, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. A tribute band festival. Weekend ticket €40.
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. www.wexfordwalkingtours.net
Trax Music Store ... Now Online
Trax Music Store (St Aidan's, Wexford town) now have a virtual shop window via their website www.trax.ie or www.traxmusicstore.com.
Storytelling in Co Wexford
For info on storytelling venues/events in County Wexford see www.storiesfromthehearth.ie.
Beautiful zychadelic pop from Wales? Listen to Jonny now!
Listen to Jonny at www.turnstilemusic.net then download their free ep.
Listen to Villagers now!
Listen to Choice Music nominated Villagers at www.wearevillagers.com. If you like what you hear but the cd. (Note if you like this music you will love Wexford Ian Doyle's much anticipated cd - should be on the shelves in March.)
Listen to James V. McMorrow now!
Listen to Choice Music Prize nominated James V. McMorrow's latest opus at www.jamesvmcmorrow.com then go buy the album. This is beautiful music.
One for lovers of old classical music records
Read books online for free!
Visit www.avidgroup.co.uk for budget price jazz cds
Want to build your jazz/lounge music collection? And do it on a tight budget? Check out www.avidgroup.co.uk
Drama classes for kids age 5 and up. See www.discoveringdrama.com. Tel 087 6858457.
New members welcome. See www.wexfordhillwalkingclub.com
Visit pitchfork.com for latest music reviews
Visit http://pitchfork.com for great music reviews.
The Ballet Academy, Wexford
The Ballet Academy, Westpoint Business Park, Clonard, Wexford. Under the charming and very experienced Dara Pierce students are assured of top class tuition and guidance. Weekly classes for ages 3-18 years. Tel 087 9871793. http://theballetacademy.ie
Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com
One for World music completists: http://folkmusicsmb.blogspot.com
The Story of Roky Erickson
Read about an album getting rave reviews in America and read the sad story of the guy behind it, Roky Erickson. Then go visit one of the sites streaming the hypnotic track Goodbye Sweet Dreams.
Roky Erickson Website
Get on the South Wexford Craft Trail
Want to see a different side to Wexford, one of quite industriousness? Get your hands on a guide to the South Wexford Craft Trail. This is a collaborative project involving ten nationally-known crafts men and women living locally – some native to the area, others drawn to this unique and inspiring region from elsewhere in Ireland. Sponsored by Wexford County Enterprise Board and the Crafts Council of Ireland this attractive Trail Guide takes the traveller through the rich and pastoral South Wexford countryside, with the sea shore never far away, on a tour of small-scale studios where visitors are warmly welcomed by their owners. The South Wexford Craft Trail was conceived with the aim of creating an opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ behind these successful enterprises, those who have made South Wexford the hotbed of creativity it is today. Further info: Patricia Howard Cowley. Email email@example.com
SXSW - Intro/Promo pack with hundreds of tracks
Good English website dealing in Americana
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
The NY Times Magazine looks back on the past year from its favored perch: ideas. They have searched out "noteworthy notions of 2009 — the twigs and sticks and shiny paper scraps of human ingenuity ... the most clever, important, silly and just plain weird innovations ... from all corners of the thinking world".
Listen to connected.ie's online radio.
www.connected.ie online radio
Treasure trove of old African music (RSS - streaming)
Blog with some tasty African tracks from the vaults.
Bluegrass Sessions in Dublin
For anyone heading to Dublin for a weekend there is regular old time American country and bluegrass provided by Bill Whelan and friends at The Cobblestone, Smithfield Square every Saturday from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Also the 2RN String band perform on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm in J. McNeill’s Bar, Capel Street, Dublin.
saggyrecordcabinet.blogspot - another one for lovers of old time American country and bluegrass
Rural TV on Sky 279
Checkout Sky channel - 279 for ‘Rural TV’ - broadcasting for 24 hours a day, is an American station with a mixture of programmes on farming, cowboy culture, tractor racing and - here’s the interesting bit - Country Music. ‘Bluegrass & Backwoods’ is a daily show about Kentucky- horses, making dulcimers and Bluegrass music. ‘Country Gathering Reunion’ features around 20 old Country singers sitting around talking about the 'Good Old Days Of Country' whilst ‘Gospel Gathering’ is pure Gospel Bluegrass with many excellent groups. Porter Wagoner & Wilburn Bros TV shows from the 1960's and early 70's are repeated throughout the week. ‘Pop Goes Country’ features Ralph Emery and an array of 1970s country. There’s also the Marty Stuart Show with Earl Scruggs, Rhonda Vincent, Leroy Troy and Nashville Mafia Jug Band with Eddie Stubbs as MC.
Wexford Libraries - loads going on!
Check out the Wexford Libraries website to see what is happening at your local library. They have a busy schedule in place: Wexford Libraries Website
Listen online to some classy flat-pickin'
Flatpicking Guitar Online
grapewrath.blogspot.com - great for folk/bluegrass/old time
croz.fm - one for music completists
Rainy day online activities for kids with weansworld.org
Here's a nice little website which should keep the children occupied in their idle moments. There are games, jigsaws, pictures to colour in, and stories including a good five part cartoon adventure about Cúchulainn. http://www.weansworld.org/
See Wexford in 2min 55secs with music by the Submersibles
Definitely something in the water in Wexford these days. See how it's affected Andi McGarry and his compadres: Speedy Ramble through Wexford landscape with music by the Submersibles
Neil Young Live in Concert 1968
It's 1968 and Neil Young is about to release his self-titled debut solo album. Here he is in front of a full house (to his surprise!) playing some of the songs that would go on to make him a household favorite. Even though that was40 years ago the recording has only now been made available. Hear it here in its entirety. North Carolina Public Radio"
The latest happenings on the Irish music scene ... Hotpress
Skip James sings Worried Blues (YouTube)
Classic video recording of Skip James singing Worried Blues.
Kristin Hersh, LIVE - free downloads
If you like Kristin Hersh visit this site where, with the blessing of the former Throwing Muses woman herself, you can download, in various formats, live tracks. If you like what you hear, you are welcome to make a donation at the kristinhersh.com tip jar.
check out www.bluehighwaystv.com
www.bluehighwaystv.com is an excellent source of music and information. It's the only TV network available today that holds a deep connection and commitment to bluegrass and roots music. From bluegrass and folk to gospel and blues, BlueHighways TV states it has always remained true to all facets of this great musical genre. Their programming showcases the artists and venues that have helped to fuel the passion of roots music fans throughout the world
Listen! Music while you work - Josh Ritter
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter - full album streaming
Listen! Music while you work - IMC
Improvised Music Company's online music player (12 tracks). Style: World, jazz, alternative.
Wonderful slide show from The New York Times
Check out this lovely slide show from The New Tork Times with the title Faces Of Africa.
SOUTH EAST LIVE ... KILKENNY, WATERFORD, TIPP, CARLOW, WICKLOW
All the action is not necessarily going down in Wexford. See what's happening in the neighbouring counties.
Munster Express Weekly Ents Page for Waterford
Munster Express Arts Guide
Waterford Today Guide
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Whazon Guide to Kilkenny
Carlow's Eigse Festival
Tinahely Arts Centre
Mermaid Arts Centre
New Music Club, Clonmel
1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival Video
Extract from the 1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival featuring some beautiful old time playing and singing. Approx 9 mins long.
See old-time music film footage on the web
Check out folkstreams.net where you can watch short extracts from the various Alan Lomax (and others) documentaries and films that include footage of old time musicians etc.
Fantastic Bluegrass Documentary with Music
What a find! If you have broadband check out www.madisoncountyproject.org and go for one of the videos under Video Builds on the right. 25 minute video of (mainly) singing traditions in Madison County, North Carolina, with input from
Sheila Kay Adams and various other singers plus interviews with (and film clips from) John Cohen [of the original New Lost City Ramblers - Tom Paley who plays Wexford Hooves 'n' Grooves Festival was also a member].
Thanks to Richard Hawkins of Bluegrass Ireland for bringing this to our attention.
Alan Lomax Archive Launched on the Web
The Alan Lomax Archive is pleased to announce the culmination of its seven-year effort to preserve and disseminate the work of one of the 20th century’s foremost folklorists and musicologists, Alan Lomax. Lomax recorded and nurtured the careers of Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and other legends; his recordings of many more obscure artists have been featured in works such as O Brother Where Art Thou?. Alan Lomax believed in a principle he called “cultural equity,” the need for all cultures to be equally represented in the media and in the classroom. Through years of comparative research on folk song style, he drew a convincing parallel between natural and cultural ecology which underscores the importance of preserving our intangible oral heritage. Alan Lomax believed it was imperative to return traditions to their home sources and artists, a strategy he called “cultural feedback.” In that spirit, on April 22, 2005 The Alan Lomax Database will go online; also, over the next ten months, the Association for Cultural Equity, which administers the Alan Lomax Archive, will send digital copies of audio and video recordings and photographs by Alan Lomax to a number of libraries and archives in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe so that they will be available locally to people in or from the regions in which they were originally made. The Alan Lomax Database, www.lomaxarchive.com, is a multimedia catalogue of the audio and video recordings and photographs made by Alan Lomax from 1946–1994, as well as of recordings made by few of his colleagues. It will also ultimately include some of the older collections of audio recordings made by Lomax on behalf of the Library of Congress, which have been transferred and remastered using cutting-edge technology. Developed and built by personnel and consultants of the Alan Lomax Archive, the Database features 25 collections and thousands of recordings, which have been preserved, digitized, and cataloged over the past several years with funds from the Rock, Concordia, Rockefeller, Richmond, and Grammy foundations, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. The Alan Lomax Collection on Rounder Records is a multi-series, 100+ CD collection of folk music and narrative drawn from Alan Lomax’s international field recordings. For more information go to www.rounder.com/series/lomax_alan/
Great American Festivals - Great Holiday Idea!
'Music Heritage Trails in America's Southern Highlands' organises holidays based around top American festivals. Co-ordinated by American and Worldwide Travel of Tunbridge Wells as well as organising a package to MerleFest in April, there are various very attractive offers being put together which will take in a string of other festivals such as the Ralph Stanley Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Smith Ridge, Virginia in May; Wayne C. Henderson's Music Festival (Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia) in June; Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Music Festival, and Doc Watson Music Festival (both in North Carolina) in July; Carter Family Memorial Festival and Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention (both Virginia) in August; Music In The Mountains Festival, in North Carolina in September; and Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (Virginia) in October. Each itinerary has been planned to present as much of the rich character and musical heritage of the region to visitors, so there are daily trips to important places such as The Carter Fold and A.P. Carter Museum as well as chances to attend local hoe-downs and opportunities to meet sparkling personalities such as banjo picker extraordinaire, Raymond Fairchild at his Maggie Valley Opry. Beautifully illustrated brochures have been produced giving full details of the various packages and can be obtained by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning to 01892 511894.
Join the Music Maker Association!
The Music Maker Association supports independent songwriters, performers and record labels with a number of initiatives from internet and magazine publicity to live performances through showcases, festivals and CD distribution? Their website has a selection of members CDs with audio tracks, a Directory of Performers, Clubs, and Businesses, an on-line store and Web Radio. Log onto www.tradmusic.net visit some of their associated sites and consider becoming a member so that they can help to promote your music. Also under the Music Maker banner is The Independents CD Catalogue – so if you have produced a CD and have no distributor then this could be the answer for you. The printed catalogue is mailed to CD buyers and record stores together with a compilation disc and followed up by personal calls. The catalogue is also on line and achieves sales world wide. To view the catalogue click on the ‘On-Line Store’ logo on www.tradmusic.net As a member of the MMA you can have a page profile on the web free of charge, or they can register your own address and design a website with audio linked to the Music Maker Web which gets thousands of visitors every month telephone 0207 424-0027 or visit www.magnet-publishing.co.uk
Links to a selection of recommended sites
Here's a few from that list:
Whitford House Hotel
North Wexford Tourism
Gorey Little Theatre
Wexford Language School