The Wexford Winterland Festival is up and running in Wexford town. Santa stopped off last Saturday on his way from the North Pole to Ikea to pick up a new sleigh bed for Mrs Claus. The Christmas lights have been fired up, the ice on the ice rink is slippier than ever, the Santa Express is chug-chugging around the town's streets, and Dozy Elf is waiting to see you at "Santa's North Pole Experience' on The Quays.

Christmas Craft Exhibition & Fair runs at Wexford Arts Centre until Dec 23.

Dec 9 & 10: Santa World comes to Clonard Community Centre daily 2.30-5pm. The man himself will be present. There are sleigh rides, stalls, refreshments, wheel 'o fortune, etc. Fee per child per Santa visit: €5.

Dec 10 Parish Christmas Fair in Tomhaggard Social Centre with stalls, children's entertainment and refreshments.

The Picture House - Wexford Film Society
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

Exhibition of Dimitry A. Diamond Christmas artwork at St Iberius Church, Wexford.
The Pigyard Gallery, Selskar, Wexford has Paul Maloney: Still Lifes and Other Delights.
PeripheriesOPEN 2017 at Gorey School of Art's newly refurbished and professionally run exhibition space. Selected artists include Elizabeth Archbold, Chloe Austin, Orla Bates, Tinka Bechert, David Begley, Kian Benson, Ciaran Bowen, Joanne Boyle, Michael Byrne, Louisa Casas, Serena Caulfield, Karen Donnellan, Julia Dubsky, Noelle Gallagher, Helena Gorey, Elaine Grainger, Sean Guinan, Austin Hearne, Denis Kelly, Laura Kelly, Ali Kemal Ali, James Kirwan, Amelia McNamara, Jules Michael, Clodagh Morris, Frances O’Dwyer, Brendan O’Neill, Martin Redmond, Ciara Roche, Clare Scott, Lucy Sheridan, Phillip Shiels, and David Smith.
Coastlines, an exhibition by artist Serena Caulfield, has opened at Coast Hotel, Kilmore Quay. Runs until the end of the year.
Galler ... is Jonathan Murphy's new gallery at 24 Selskar St (opposite Spectrum).
Bare Root is the title of a group exhibition at County Hall which explores rural environments and the points where nature and the man-made intersect. Curated by Catherine Bowe. Lovely exhibition.
The Blue Egg Gallery on John's Gate Street, Wexford is the perfect spot to find design piece for the special someone in your life.
Greenacres Gallery Wexford is home to the largest exhibition space in town. Those with deep pockets can o their Christmas shopping there!
There is a top class Photo Exhibition at Kamera8. This new space really is worth shouting about given the people behind it and the quality of the stuff on the walls.
The Collins-Grant Gallery on Wexford's Rowe Street keeps its offering fresh, quirky and affordable. Pádraig's photographs are a big draw.
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.
Wexford Library monthly newsletter.

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

Dec 11-17 A Fairy Good Christmas, National Opera House, Wexford.
Experience a magical adventure on a journey through Christmas Tree Woods to help find a little fairies lost magic! This show promises an exciting adventure, lots of giggles and plenty of Christmas magic for children aged 3-8 years. Tickets €12/Schools €10. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Dec 11 (7pm) Scuola del Canto Libero & Wexford Chamber Choir Christmas Concert, Greenacres Gallery, Selskar, Wexford. Adm €10/8.
Dec 12 (10am, 11.30am) A Christmas Nugget presented by Red Moon Creative Arts, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. This all-round fun, silly, exciting, and interesting story has something for children of all ages to enjoy - live action, a bit of puppetry, Christmas songs, comedy, audience participation, dilemmas and lots of laughs. Tel 053 9123764. Also on Dec 14 (10.30am and 12noon).
Dec 13 (6pm-6.20pm) Wexford Guitar Ensemble (with Alec O'Leary), National Opera House (foyer), High St, Wexford. An outreach project, part of Music Network Artist Residency. FREE!
Dec 13 (7.30pm) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Christmas Gala featuring Fatma Said & William Davenport, National Opera House, Wexford. With operatic highlights from Massenet's Manon and Léhar's Giuditta, musical highlights from Bernstein's On the Town and West Side Story, and a selection of seasonal music. Tickets only €25-€45. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Dec 14 Christmas Gala Concert, Rowe St Church , Wexford. With the choirs of Rowe St Church and Bride St Church, Bride St Folk Group, Sinéad Campbell, Loch Garman Band, Credo, Enniscorthy Choral Society, The Revd Tenors and others. Tickets €15/10 from Parish Office and Collins Grant Gallery. Parish fund-raiser.
Dec 14 (7pm) The High Hopes Choir, Christchurch, Gorey, Co Wexford. In aid of Focus Ireland. Adm €7/5. Organised by Gorey VTOS.
Dec 14 (8.30pm) Cursed Murphy's Laboratory, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. With a fabulous mix of music, spoken word, film, theatre, dance and more.
Dec 15 (8pm) The Chapel Sessions, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Featuring Steven O'Brien, Ain't Misbehaving, Hot Rod Horse and Sinead Haze. Free Admission AND Free Mince Pies and Mulled Wine on the night along with our full bar.
Dec 15 (8.30pm) The Marie Kruttli Trio, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. "What distingues the young pianist from her peers is her confident and straightforward delivery of a vast array of original musical . Deeply indebted to composers such as Stravinski, Debussy and Ravel ... dazzling melodic patterns, effortlessly mastering the most sophisticated chord changes." Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 15 The Remedy Club + Gordon Barry, The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford. Adm €10.
Dec 15 (9pm) Wexford Traditional Singers Sessions, Mary's Bar, John's Gate Street, Wexford. Free and all welcome.
Dec 16 (3pm) Big Christmas Sing Concert, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Celebrating end of 2nd series of workshops with a range of old, new and wacky seasonal favourites, with singing teacher Elizabeth Drwal. Tickets €5. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 16,17 Nathan Carter, National Opera House, Wexford.
Dec 17 (2pm) Christmas Harp Concert presented by Ceoltóirí Munna, St Iberius Church, Wexford. Featuring a host of talented musicians including Heavenly Harps, Emer Mulhall, Wexford Pipers Club, soprano Rita Conroy, Wicklow Miners Comhaltas, tenor Michael Flood, New Ross Pipe Band members, sean nós dancers. All welcome. Adults €5, children €3.
Dec 19 (6pm) Christmas Piano Concert with Rebecca Warren School of Music, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. All welcome. Refreshments - hot and cold - available.
Dec 19 (7pm) The traditions, carols and songs of Christmas with Liam Gaul, Wexford Library, Wexford. A festive talk on the origins of various items associated with Christmas - the Crib, the Star, the Magi and, of course, the bringer of gifts - St Nicholas (aka Santa Claus). Carols including the Enniscorthy Carol and popular Christmas songs and carols will feature, and audience participation will be encouraged! Free event. Tel: 053 9196760.
Dec 22 (7pm-8.10pm) An Irish Christmas Nollaig na nGael, St Iberius Church, Wexford. No adm charge. Featuring author Cat Hogan, poets Fintan Murphy and Máire Ní Bhriain, Comhaltas musicians from around the county, Bridge Folk & Trad Group, singer Matt Murphy, acapella ensemble Credo, pianist Rebecca Warren, uilleann piper Éanna Harrington and others. Voluntary donations to Arthur and Aodhán's Fast Appeal.
Dec 22 (8.30pm) Cáca Milis Christmas Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Eclectic mix of music, readings, and more with some of the best local talent with MC Helena Mulkerns. Tickets €12. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 23 (11am) Christmas Violin Concert by students of Alice Wickham McIntyre School of Music, National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford.
Dec 23 Point Blank, Halfway House, Ballycogley, Co Wexford.
Dec 27-30 Beauty and the Beast, National Opera House, Wexford. Christmas pantomime presented by Robert C Kelly featuring a star-studded cast including comedian Karl Spain, Red Rock star Adam Weafer and RTÉ Junior star Clara Murray. Tickets €25 or €80 for a family of 4. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Dec 28 Jack L - Magic Days at Christmas, St Iberius Church, Wexford. www.lantern.ie
Dec 29 Pierce Turner, Greenacres Gallery, Trimmer's Lane, Wexford. Tickets €23. Enjoy a 2 course meal in the restaurant before heading upstairs to join Pierce and his band. Meal/gig package: €50. Tel 053 9122975.
Dec 29, 30 Mick Flannery, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford. Tickets €25. www.lantern.ie
Dec 29 Lynda Cullen, Katie Daly's Bar, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Dec 30 The Mistakes, Katie Daly's Bar, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.
Dec 31 Corner Boy New Year's Eve Party, Crown Bar, Monck St, Wexford. www.lantern.ie
Dec 31 Bad Bax, Main St, Gorey, Co Wexford.

Jan 5 Neil Delamere: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner, Wexford Comedy Club, Clayton Whites Hotel, Abbey St, Wexford. Tickets €12. www.lantern.ie
Jan 6 (8pm) The Fureys, National Opera House, High St, Wexford. Tickets: €28/€25. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Jan 9-13 Wexford Panto Society presents Cinderella, Dun Mhuire Theatre, Wexford. Tickets from €10. Tel 053 9123061.
Jan 11,12 The Drummer and the Keeper (movie), Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Tickets €10. www.presentationcentre.ie. Tel 053 9233000. THE DRUMMER & THE KEEPER tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. Written and directed by Nick Kelly. The film stars Wexford actor Dermot Murphy (CLEAN BREAK, RAW), Charlie Kelly (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, JADOTVILLE), Peter Coonan (WHAT RICHARD DID, LOVE/HATE), Aoibhinn McGinnity (MOONE BOY, QUIRKE, LOVE/HATE), Annie Ryan (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, LAWS OF ATTRACTION), Niamh Algar (WITHOUT NAME) and Jacob Mc Carthy.
Jan 12 (8pm) The High Kings present Decade, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €27.50. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Jan 12-20 Cinderella (panto), Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €12/15. Tel 053 9421474.
Jan 13 (8pm) Jason Byrne - The Man with 3 Brains, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Jan 13 (8pm) Ronan Furlong Album Launch "Red Sun Rising", Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Remember his last wonderful gig at the same venue? Expect another sell-out. All funds raised go to Wexford Hospice Homecare. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9123764.
Jan 14 Leinster Final of Scór na nÓg, National Opera House, Wexford.
Jan 14 (8pm) Music Network presents Niamh Parsons (singer), Ciarán Tourish (fiddle/whistle), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle) and John Doyle (guitar/voice), National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford. Tickets €16/14. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Jan 20 (8pm) Reeling in the Showband Years, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Feb 2 Christy Moore, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €40. Tel 053 9421474.
Feb 2 (8pm) Tommy Fleming, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Feb 3 (8pm) Dara Ó Briain - Voice of Reason Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Feb 8 (8pm) Danny O'Brien, Macken's Pub (upstairs), The Bullring, Wexford. Tickets €10. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Feb 16 (8pm) Strictly Loch Garman Céilí, Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Spring into action in 2018 at this céilí with a difference. Organised by the Loch Garman branch of Comhaltas and Wexford Chamber it will have you 1-2-3ing and foot-stomping around the room like an old pro in no time. There will be a 'caller' and assistants to guide you through your steps. The really FUN PART is when the assistants turn into judges and start issuing red cards for the slightest misstep or misdemeanour. This is the 'Strictly' part! From this point on its a battle to the death for the honour of being crowned Loch Garman's first Strictly Céilí Champions. Have you got what it takes??
March 17 (8pm) RTE's Céilí House LIVE from National Opera House, Wexford.
March 25,27,30 and April 1 Passion Play, National Opera House and Camross Hall, Camross, Co Wexford.

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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