|Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST
Is minic a bhíonn daoine ag fiosrú faoi Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim nó chun feabhas a chur ar a cuid Gaeilge. / People often enquire about learning or improving their Irish. Conradh na Gaeilge Guaire meets up 10.30am Wednesdays and Saturdays in Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey. Agus maidir le C na G i mbaile Loch Garman, they meet Wednesdays at 11am in Harpur Eleven on Peter's Street and sa sráidbhaile Droichead an Chaisleáin (Café an Mhuilinn) 10.30 ar maidin dé hAoine. Bíonn slua eile cruinnithe le chéile i gCill Téile / Kiltealy - The Thatch, 8pm an Aoine dheireadh de gach mí.
Green Acres Gallery, Selskar, Wexford. Sat, Feb 4 at 1pm: Green Acres Open Submission prize-giving.
Wexford Co Co HQ: Wexford County Council art collection online
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare - intimate little gallery.
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.
Gorey Events Guide
Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events
Residencies/regular week-to-week gigs:
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford has acoustic acts every Thursday from 9.30pm.
Maggie May's Pub, also on Monck St, has live music weekends, including an early folk/trad session Sundays.
Centenary Stores, Charlotte St, Wexford has a classy brunch-time trad session Sundays.
Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Gorey has 'Live Friday' gigs and acoustic music on Mondays.
Stamp’s bar, Ennscorthy has trad sessions on Friday evenings.
The John Barry, Wexford (quays) has acoustic gigs weekends.
Feb 3 (8pm) Conor Sketches (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Selling fast! Tickets €32. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 3,4,5 (8pm nightly) Big Big Sky by Tom Wells presented by Bridge Drama, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 3 (8pm) All In The Family presented by Wexford Film Workshop, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Adm €10. Proceeds in aid of Wexford Hospice Homecare.
Feb 3 (9pm) Dancing to John Molloy, Camross Hall, Camross, Co Wexford. Adm €10 includes tea.
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 4 (8pm) Green Road, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 4 (8.30pm) Kevin Lawlor Trio with Joseph Leighton, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "Guitarist Joseph Leighton has been hailed as one of Ireland’s brightest new jazz talents." Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 4 (8.30pm) Smash Hits 90's - Live @ Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Sold out.
Feb 4 Acoustic Heart, Colfer's, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
Feb 5 (7pm) Jimmy Crowley and Eve Telford, Colfer's, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford. At 9pm: Ella Ryan.
Feb 5 (9.30pm) Ruaile Buaile, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. "5 piece twisted-trad band" from the midlands. Featuring Cathal Guinan (fiddle), Cillian Doheny (banjo), Niall Kelly (vocals and guitar), Jack Godley (percussion) and Shane Lynam (vocals and bass). Tickets €18 + fees.
Feb 6 Imbolc Celtic Winter Parade Festival of Light, Bunclody
Feb 7 (8pm) The Picture House / Wexford Film Society shows You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 7 (8.30pm) The Barrystown Silvermines with Mike Clemow (ex Cornish miner), Grantstown Priory, Grantstown, Wellingtonbridge. Presented by Bannow Historical Society. Free admission, all welcome.
Feb 9 (7.30pm) Wexford Night Run, Wexford Quays. Sponsored by Wexford Credit Union.
Feb 9 (8pm) The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €33. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 9 (8pm) So Say So spoken word open mic night with Stephen James Smith, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With special guest. Tickets €5. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 10-12 Wexford Traditional Singers' Weekend / Deireadh Seachtaine Amhránaíochta Traidisiúnta Loch Garman, various venues, Wexford. Starting 9pm Friday with a seisiún at Cushen's Pub, Tagoat. Saturday's session is at St Martin's GAA Club, Piercestown at 2pm. Saturday night and Sunday noon at the Farmers' Kitchen, Drinagh. Singers and listeners welcome.
Feb 10 (7.30pm) A Celebration of Father Ted with Joe Rooney, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €22. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 10 (8pm) Nava, Greenacres, Trimmer's Lane, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
Feb 10 Neil Delamere (comedy), Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets www.lantern.ie
Feb 11 (8pm) Anne Gildea’s How to Get the Menopause and Enjoy it!, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 11 (8pm) Tommy Fleming, National OperaHouse, Wexford. Tickets €35. Selling fast! Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 11 (8pm) Deirdre O'Kane - Demented, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
Feb 11 St. Valentine's Live Jazz, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Sharon Clancy and the Chris Colloton Trio.
Feb 11 Karl Spain (comedy), Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €15.
Feb 12 (8pm) Music Network presents Noriana Kennedy (vocals), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Mirella Murray (accordion) & Donogh Hennessy (guitar), National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €17/13. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 13 (8pm - Monday!) The Picture House / Wexford Film Society shows Playground by Laura Wandel, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 13 The Academic: Sitting Pretty Tour, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets - lantern.ie
Feb 15-17 (8pm nightly) Ballycogley players Drama Group present “The Red Iron” by Jim Nolan, National Opera House, Wexford. Directed by Ellen Cloney. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 16-25 The Father presented by Wexford Drama Group, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Written by Florian Zeller, directed by Paul Walsh.
Feb 16-18 (nightly 8pm) Enniscorthy Drama Group Presents Farsiders by Fintan Kelly, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tickets€15. Tel 053 9233000.
Feb 17 (8pm) Patrick Feeney The Country and Gospel Show, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
Feb 17 (8.30pm) The Legend of Luke Kelly (tribute), Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €20 + fees.
Feb 18 (11am-9pm) Paranormal Convention - Day of the Unexplained, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
Feb 18 (8pm) Tulua, National Opera House, Wexford. Top class home-grown trad. Tickets €20. SOLD OUT!
Feb 18 (9.30pm) DMODE - Depeche Mode Tribute Show, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €16/13.
Feb 19 (8pm) Reeling In the Showband Years, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 21 (7.30pm) RTÉ Concert Orchestra Presents Maria Callas – A Centenary Celebration, National Opera House, Wexford. Sinéad Campbell-Wallace soprano, Noah Stewart tenor, Nil Venditti conductor. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets €40/20. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 21 (8pm) The Picture House / Wexford Film Society shows Hit The Road by Panah Panahi, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Feb 24 (8pm) Remembering Joe - the songs of Joe Dolan, National Opera House, Wexford. The Dolan family, comprising his brother Ben, nephews Adrian and Ray, niece Sandra, Karen Carroll and the original Joe Dolan Band are touring the country to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his passing. Tickets €35. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 24,25,26 (8pm nightly) Big Big Sky by Tom Wells presented by Bridge Drama, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 24 (8.30pm) Negative Creeps - Nirvana Tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Feb 25 (8pm) Jason Byrne “Unblocked”, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €26. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 25 (8.15) Metal Mania and Sunset Riders, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. The Glam Metal Experience, "Tribute To The Greatest 80s Stadium Bands ... Motley Crue, Poison, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses. Tickets €22 + fees.
Feb 26 (8pm) Johnny McEvoy in concert, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
Feb 28 Jay Ryan’s Living With A Fairy, National Opera House, Wexford. For children up to 10 years of age. Tickets €7 (teachers free!). Show times: 10:30AM, 11:45AM & 1PM. Duration: 40 minutes. Tel 053 9122144.
Feb 28 (8pm) The Picture House / Wexford Film Society shows Benediction by Terence Davies, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
March 2 David Gray: Skellig, National Opera House, Wexford.
Mar 2 (8pm) Words, Lies and Songs with Jon Kenny, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764. wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873633356
March 3 Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of The Dubliners, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 4 Wexford Sinfonia presents Music in Movieland (and beyond) National Opera House, Wexford.
March 4 (8.30pm) Davy Lyons + band, Wexford Arts Centre. With Oriol Roca (drums), Juan Pablo Bacázar (bass), Toni Saigi (piano) and Nacho López (violin). Super-talented songwriter with an extraordinary voice. Tickets ¡5/12. Tel 053 9123764.
March 4 (9.30pm) Rhythm & Sticks, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Country music from the borderlands, a sliver of no-man's land that slipped between the cracks, where they drink Harp not Heineken, love their Massey Ferguson as much as the souped up Subaru, eat dinner in the middle of the day ans are content to live in the moment as they cannot see beyond the next drumlin. Which is to say: RECOMMENDED!
March 5 Swan Lake presented by Ukrainian National Ballet, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 7 Happy Days by Samuel Beckett presented by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 7-11 (nightly 8pm) Chaplin, the musical presented by New Ross Musical Society, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
March 8 (8pm) Christine Tobin: Returning Weather, National Opera House, Wexford. A commissioned song-cycle. With Tobin on vox, Cora Venus Lunny violin & viola, David Power uilleann pipes & whistles, Phil Robson guitar & electronics and Steve Hamilton piano.
March 9 Lantern presents Martin Angolo Comedy, Macken's Pub (upstairs), Wexford. Tickets €15.
March 10 (8.30pm) Pixi Ink & Becky Boo VJ, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "Krapka;KOMA is a multi-instrumentalist electronic girl group based in Lviv, Ukraine. Ira Lobanok and Alona Kovalenko produce and perform music together. The duo appears on stage singing and playing a variety of instruments such as electronic drums, keyboards, synths, guitar and trumpet." Mix of trip-hop, nu jazz, indie electronica and soul. Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9123764.
March 11 (8pm) Derek Ryan with special guests Kathy Durkin & Hugo Duncan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144.
March 11 (8.30pm) Don Baker, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Old dog for the hard road. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9123764.
March 16 (8pm) Giovanni Pernice: Made in Italy, National Opera House, Wexford. If you follow Strictly Come Dancing you know about this buck.
March 16 (8pm) So Say So with Stephen James Smith and guest Emmet Kirwan, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. The exiled-from-Dublin poet and playwright SJS has injected a bucketful of adrenaline into Wexford's spoken word scene since he arrived among us. Kirwan is an actor, writer, screenwriter with a big cv. Adm €5 (still the best value gig in town!). Tel 053 9123764
March 19 (8pm) Declan Nerney in concert, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
March 23 (7.30pm) Dermot Whelan: Mind Full, National Opera House, Wexford. A certified meditation teacher, Dermot will give you the tools you need to destress through meditation and find more happiness and fulfilment, all delivered in his much-loved comedic style.
March 24-31 Wexford Drama Festival, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 24,25 Lantern presents Tommy Tiernan: Tomfollery, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 24 (8pm) Claire Barnett-Jones and Rebecca Cohen, St Iberius Church, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
March 24 (8pm) Well by Pat & Faye Shortt, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
March 25 (8pm) Shall we Dance with Duo b!z'art, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. "Classical music with a difference" from two classically trained pianists.
March 26 (12.30pm) Twenty Fingers on a Piano with Duo b!z'art, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "Twenty Fingers on a Piano - An amazing musical show for children where music meets fairy tales, games and magic."
March 30 Thin Lizzy Symphonic, National Opera House, Wexford. With RTE Concert Orchestra and guests Tom Dunne, Wallis Bird, Jess Kav, Mundy Jack O’Rourke and Shobsy. Tickets €20-40. Tel 053 9122144. Selling fast!
March 30 Neil Delamere (comedy), Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €27 from www.lantern.ie
April 1 (8pm) BREATHE - The Pink Floyd Experience with “Dark Side Of The Moon is 50”, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
April 6 (8pm) Mario Rosenstock: Gift Grub Live, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/mario-rosenstock1
April 6-8 and April 12-15 Amongst Men by Eoghan Rua Finn (theatre), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
April 7 Christy Moore, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €45-42. Tel 053 9122144 SOLD OUT!
April 7 (8pm) An Evening with Rory’s Stories & Special Guests, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
April 8 Paul Brady, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/day/2023/04/08/
April 11 (8pm) A Night with the Country Stars, National Opera House, Wexford. Featuring "legendary accordion maestro Brendan Shine, the sublime vocal talents of Sligo's Patrick Feeney, the wee man from Drumlish Declan Nerney, the gentle giant of Country Mick Flavin, the popular John McNicholl and the best from the West Mayo's Gerry Guthrie." Tickets €32.50. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/a-night-with-the-country-stars
April 12-15 Amongst Men by Eoghan Rua Finn (theatre), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
April 14 (8pm) Emma Doran: Mad isn't It?, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/emma-doran
April 14 Lantern Presents Gearoid Farrelly, Crown Live, Wexford
April 15 Christy Moore, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €45-42. Tel 053 9122144 SOLD OUT!
April 16 (3pm) Liam Bates World Premiere, St Iberius Church, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
April 21 (8pm) Karan Casey with Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham, NAtional Opera House, Wexford. Fab Waterford trad/folk singer is joined by Graham on guitar and fiddler Niamh Dunne. Listen: https://karancasey.bandcamp.com/album/nine-apples-of-gold . Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/karan-casey-irish-tour-2023
April 22 (8pm) Enya Martin: Ask Your Ma! (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €28. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/enya-martin
April 22 Bruised Orange - John Prine Tribute, Wexfod Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
April 24-29 (8pm nightly) The Hunchback of Notre Dame as told by Scott Schwartz presented by Wexford Light Opera Society, National Opera House, Wexford. Directed by Thomas O'Leary. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/wexford-light-opera-societys
April 25 Some Guys Have All The Luck: Rod Stewart Tribute, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey
April 29 Eleanor McEvoy, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €25/22. Tel 053 9123764.
April 30 (7.30pm) Marty in the Evening with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. RTÉ Concert Orchestra & guests under Stephen Bell conductor. Tickets @20-40. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/marty-in-the-evening-with-the-rte-concert-orchestra
May 5 (7.30pm) Hello Again: The Neil Diamond Songbook, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €27-25. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/hello-again-the-story-of-neil-diamond1
May 6 (8pm) Rebecca O’Connor “Simply the Best” as Tina Turner, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €28-25. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/rebecca-oconnor
May 7 (7.30pm) An Audience with Liverpool Legends, National Opera House, Wexford. Ronnie Whelan, Steve McMahon and Jan Molby on stage together with host Jed Stone. Tickets €36. Tel 052 9122144.
May 19 (8pm) Three Harps, St. Peter's College Secondary School, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
May 19 (8pm) Mozart's Così fan tutte presented by Irish National Opera, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €80/15. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/irish-national-opera-presents2
May 21 AIMS Choral Festival, New Ross. https://www.facebook.com/aimschoralfestival
May 22 (7.30pm) Menopause the Musical 2 - Cruising Through Menopause!, National Opera House, Wexford. With Mary Byrne, Jessica Martin, Rebecca Wheatley, Susie Fenwick. Tickets €35. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/menopause-the-musical-2
May 23 (8pm) Philomena Begley - I Ain't Over the Hill, National Opera House, Wexford. With special guests Ray Lynam, John Hogan and Louise Morrisey. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144.
May 24 (7.30pm) Ben Portsmouth: This is Elvis, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €29.50/27.50. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/taking-care-of-elvis
June 3 (7.30pm) The Simon & Garfunkel Story - 50th Anniversary Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets @26/24. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/the-simon-garfunkel-story
June 16 (8pm) Trio Cantare, St Iberius Church, Wexford. A Music for Wexfod concert.
Augv 11 Parklive: Gavin James, Min Ryan Park, Wexford. Tickets €45. https://lantern.ie/event/gavin-james-2/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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