WEXFORD GIGS, SHOWS ... LATEST
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Santa's Enchanted Castle, Enniscorthy - Treat na páistí to the ultimate magical adventure at Santa’s Enchanted Castle. Santa and Mrs Claus along with their band of merry little Elves have been busy transforming Enniscorthy Castle into a wondrous Enchanted experience.

Wexford Winter Wonderland invites you to travel north, and north again, across frozen and unforgiving wastelands, past melting glaciers and stranded polar bears, to a vast underground city manned by elves in aprons busy putting the final touches to the most wonderful toys. It's easier than you might think to get there: the portal to the time machine can be found on Wexford's quayfront. https://wexfordwinterland.com

Christmas markets happening all over the county. Try these: Baldwinstown Christmas Gathering (7.15pm, Dec 7); Kyle Forge (Dec 8); Children's Christmas Fair, Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey (12-4pm); Clonard Community Centre (2.30pm daily, Dec 8&9); KRH Tops Christmas Village - St Patrick's Church, Rosslare Harbour (6.30pm) then onto Railway Social Club; Glynn Hall (11am, Dec 16).

The Wexford Craft Trail Christmas Fair, featuring work from county Wexford’s craft studios and run in association with the Wexford Craft Trail, runs Dec 8-23 at Wexford Arts Centre.

From 8-23 Dec Wells House (Ballyedmond) has A Victorian Christmas Experience. See www.wellshouse.ie. For other Christmas family events around Wexford see www.visitwexford.ie

Christmas gift idea: Wintersong is the just-launched cd by the duo Tonos. The duo are Oulart soprano Róisín O'Grady and accompanist Eamonn Sweeney (lute and baroque guitar). The music is 16th and 17th Century baroque.

Art
The new Creative Hub is at the Bull Ring Mall, Wexford. One-stop Christmas shopping!
Helen Mason has an exhibition opening at Hook Lighthouse.
Wexford Arts Centre has an exhibition by Joanna Kidney, We Are Hurtling Into The Future.
The eclectic Blue Egg Gallery on John's Gate St, Wexford has taken delivery of the most amazing Christmas decorations. They are open right up to Christmas Eve.
Greenacres Gallery in Wexford has its Christmas exhibition in place.
Jonathan Murphy's gallery Light and Shadow is at 24 Selskar St, Wexford (opposite Spectrum). Those light boxes ...
Kamera8 is a top grade photography gallery tucked away on Wexford's Rowe Street.
The Pigyard Gallery is in Selskar, Wexford.
Wexford County Council has BRIAN MAGUIRE War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.
The Collins-Grant Gallery is on Wexford's Rowe Street. Big selection of photographs and paintings.
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.

Film
Wexford's Picture House. Film Society is back for the Winter.
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

Co Wexford Libraries
There's a busy programme of lectures/workshops at our libraries. All events are FREE although pre-booking is recommended. For full details of events happening see https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/libraries for goings-on at all the libraries around the county.

For latest info on upcoming shows, events and other attractions check out the following sites:
www.wexfordartscentre.ie
www.wexfordoperahouse.ie
www.visitwexford.ie
https://hookpeninsula.com/event/hook-peninsula-gig-guide
www.wexlive.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Slaney-News
Read Slaney News Online: www.issuu.com/slaneynews

Listings
Dec 11,12 The Big Christmas Sing, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Fun community choir open to all from beginners to accomplished singers. Guided by choir/singing teacher Elizabeth Drwal. Pop up concert in the Creative Hub, Bull Ring Mall on Saturday 15th December 3pm. Free and all welcome. Contact Wexford Arts Centre. Email. boxoffice@wexfordartscentre.ie. Tel 053 9123764.
Dec 11-16 (various times) A Jingle Bell Journey, National Opera House, Wexford. This is an unmissable Christmas event for children aged 3-8 years. Currently, there are two weekday show times, 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Tickets €12/10. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 12 (8pm) Tommy Tiernan presents ‘Paddy Crazy Horse’, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 12,13 Canaries by Bernard Farrell (comic drama) directed by Michael Stafford and presented by Camross Drama, The Hall, Camross, Co Wexford.
Dec 13 (3pm) The Big Christmas Sing, Creative Hub, Bull Ring Mall, Wexford. Free and all welcome.
Dec 13 Billy Roche's Red Guitar Tour, Upstairs @ Macken's, The Bullring, Wexford. Billy is joined, as usual, by Mike Odlum on bass/piano/harmonium and Pete McCamley on drums/percussion/flute/glockenspiel/harmonica. They will be performing songs from DEAD MAN'S SHOES, which, incidentally, has made it into THE HOT PRESS TOP 20 FOLK ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.
Dec 14 (1.30-2.30pm) Our Lady Of Fatima Special School Christmas Carol Concert, Bride St Church, Wexford. Adm €2.
Dec 14 (8pm) Foil, Arms & Hog, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9122144. Presented by lantern.ie. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 14 (9pm)Winter Cáca Milis Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. With Leslie Dowdall, Mary O'Donnell, singer-songwriter Gordon Barry, composer and pianist Simon Quigley, singer and violinist Katherine Atkinson and guests, tango dancers Ellina Shmarkovskaya and James McManus and, of course, Josh & Helena. Bar open ... with mince pies in place of nuts. Tickets €8. Tel 053 9123764. www.cacamilis.org
Dec 14 Wexford Traditional Singers Session, Mary's Bar, John's Gate St, Wexford. Free and all welcome, singers and listeners.
Dec 14 (10.30pm) Adeline Fox, Farmer's Kitchen, Drinagh, Wexford.
Dec 15 (11am-1pm) Sean-Nós Dance Coffee Morning, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Proceeds to Street Children of Calcutta - HOPE Foundation. Featuring performances by Enniscorthy's first ever Sean Nós dance group and local musicians.
Dec 15 Wexford School of Ballet presents ‘Swan Lake’, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €22/16. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 15 (8pm) Frankie's Guys - Oh What A Night: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Tickets €10. Tel 051 421255.
Dec 15 (8.30pm) Little Hours, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. LH is the musical moniker for Killybegs multi-instrumentalist and songwriter John Doherty. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9123764. 
Dec 15 Ian Doyle- AKA the Man Whom album Launch Show, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €15 (+ booking fee). https://www.ticketweb.ie
Dec 15,16 (8pm) & 17 (7.30pm) One Act Drama Festival, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. A collection of 9 One Act Plays. 
Dec 15 Green Road, Grantstown Church, Grantstown, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. In association with local day care centre. Adm €12 / €7.
Dec 15 (10.30pm) Adeline Fox, Farmer's Kitchen, Drinagh, Wexford.
Dec 16 (4pm) SOUNDING SEAMS - Sonic & sculptural explorations of metal by Laura Hyland & Guy Urbin, The Crannog, Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford. With music by Clang Sayne and master craftsman and blacksmith Guy Urbin working the forge. Mince Pies & mulled wine served. FREE EVENT! Funded by Creative Ireland and Wexford County Council Arts Office.
Dec 16 (6.30pm) Carols by Candlelight, The Church, Castlebridge, Wexford. With Castlebridge Gospel Choir, ICA Guild, Bridge Singers and local children. Adm €10 per family. Fundraiser for church repairs.
Dec 16 (7.30pm) Christmas Gala Concert, Rowe Street Church, Wexford. Tickets €15/10.
Dec 17,18,19 (11am daily) Shakespeare Rocks by Steve Titford, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Featuring  the 6th class boys and girls of Edmund Rice Senior School. Note: late 7pm show on Dec 19. Tel 051 421255.
Dec 18 Christmas Country Tour, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Dec 19 (7.30pm) The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Swingin Christmas’, National Opera House, Wexford. With  vocalists Matt Ford and Anna-Jane Casey and conductor Andrew Cottee. Tickets €25/45. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 19 The 'Roving' Session, Riley's Tavern, Monck St, Wexford. The final Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas session of the year. FREE!
Dec 20 (8.30pm) JMA Album Launch "We All Got to Get Our Thrills", Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. FREE!
Dec 21 (7pm) Bandstand presents 12 Gauge Outrage + Support Marabou, Stone Blind State and Innuendo, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. An evening of home-grown hard rock and heavy metal. Adm €10.
Dec 21 (7pm) 2 Many Dance Moves, JH Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: Adults €12, Children €10, Family Ticket of 4 €40. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 21 (7pm) An Irish Christmas, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Presented by Craobh Loch Garman, CCÉ. Free admission. Donations to the two fasting reverends at the entrance!
Dec 21 (7.30-10pm) ART BANK Christmas Open Mic Session, Main St, Bunclody, Co Wexford. Headlined by the grandaddy of Irish bluegrass and old time country Niall Toner. Expect a good mix of music, spoken word, comedy, theatre. FREE EVENT!
Dec 22 (8pm) The ASK Christmas Concert in aid of Pieta House, National Opera House (small theatre), Wexford. The Ask Campaign is a local initiative created by Councillor and former Mayor Frank Staples. Performing are The Ocelots, Basciville and The Man Whom, with orchestral arrangements written and directed by Liam Bates and performed by his orchestra. The concert will also feature the premier of Jonathan Murphy's directorial debut 'What Becomes...'. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 22 Pat Shortt, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Dec 22 Declan O'Rourke ‘KYABRAM IS BACK’ TOUR, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Tickets €27 from lantern.ie.
Dec 22 Xmas Already! (charity event), Corwn Live, The Quays, Wexford. A night of music and craic in aid of Wexford Simon Community and Saint Vincent de Paul. With Niall Cash, Tierney, Mark Walsh, Fin Winner and Famous Seamus. Tickets €10 from The Crown Bar and scauldypuffinproduction@gmail.com.
Dec 23 (6.30pm) Candlelight Carol Service, Bride St Church, Wexford.
Dec 26 (4-6pm) Daisy Day at Hook Lighthouse, The Hook, Co Wexford. An old custom in the area, 'A Penny for a Daisy', whereby children seek out the first flower of the year and received pennies for them. “The child who found the first daisy would win the hunt but lots of children would receive pennies from the families in the area.” This St. Stephen’s Day will see the hunt take place and children receiving a chocolate penny for their efforts. FREE EVENT!
Dec 27-30 Sleeping Beauty Pantomime, National Opera House, Wexford. All-star cast production headlined by Fair City’s Aoibheann McCaul (Caoimhe Dillon) and RTÉ Jr favourite Clara Murray (Twigin’, Singalong / Pop Goes The Weekend). Tickets €25; Family €80. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 27 George Michael - A music celebration, Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford. With James Bermingham and The G.M 6 piece band. Tickets €25 / €49 with dinner. Tel (053) 9480500.
Dec 28 Pierce Turner's Christmas Concert, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford. Tickets €23.
Dec 28 (8pm) Jack L: “Songs of The Season – Northern Lights”, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Tickets €27 from lantern.ie.
Dec 29 (8pm) Mick Flannery, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €25 from lantern.ie.
Dec 30 Mike Denver, Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tel (053) 9480500.
Dec 30 (8pm) Foster & Allen: Putting on the Irish Style Tour, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €30. Tickets from hotel (tel 053 9122311) and Ticketmaster.
Dec 30 The Year Grunge Broke, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Grunge and Alternative 90's Extravaganza with full Band show playing music of Sound Garden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and more. Tickets €15. www.crownbar.ie
Dec 31 Slippery When Wet, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets from www.crownbar.ie

2019
Jan 5 Brendan Grace, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Jan 16 Special Consensus (USA), Colfer's, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
Jan 24,25 Disney classic Mulan presented by Kilmore NS, National Opera House, Wexford. Their last show, the Lion King Jr., won best overall musical in the Bord Gáis Energy Awards and this show is set to be just as good. Tickets from box office: €6 for children, €12 for adults and €18 for the posh Founders Circle. Tel 053 9122144. www.nationaloperahouse.ie
Jan 29 Session Around the fire at The Forge, Ballymitty, Co Wexford. Any musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets who would like to take part should contact Declan Cosgrove at Declan@DeclanPiano.com BEFORE the event.
Feb 7 Isla Grant, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Feb 15 Fat Chancers Comedy Duo with Bernard O'Shea and Karl Spain, Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tel (053) 9480500.
Feb 8 Imelda Kehoe, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
Feb 27 Johnny McEvoy, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Feb 28 (8pm) Swan Lake with The Royal Moscow Ballet, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.

March 1-3 Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend, Wexford town.
March 13 Mike Denver, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

April 5 North with Danny Diamond and Conor Caldwell, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
April 5 (8pm) Rhythm of the Dance, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
April 12 The Ultimate Eagles, National Opera House, Wexford
April 20 Andy Irvine, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. TBC

Regular "Residency" Gigs in Co. Wexford
(Please contact all venues in advance in case of change in schedule.)
Mondays
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.
Tuesdays
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
Wednesdays
Holohan's Pub, Enniscorthy - acoustic session
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm) - ph 053 9144083
Thursdays
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
Fridays
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
Saturdays
Sean Og’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
Sundays
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 ben 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 Buì, 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
www.paulburch.com

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
vinylfatigue.blogspot.com

freealbums.blogsome
freealbums.blogsome.com

Read books online for free!
http://chestofbooks.com

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

Discovering Drama
Drama classes for kids age 5 and up. See
www.discoveringdrama.com. Tel 087 6858457.

Wexford Hillwalkers
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 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.
http://theballetacademy.ie

Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com
www.nialler9.com

http://folkmusicsmb.blogspot.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 pathowcow@gmail.com

SXSW - Intro/Promo pack with hundreds of tracks
www.sxswtorrent.com/.

Good English website dealing in Americana
www.americana-uk.com

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)
www.voanews.com/english/africa

Blog with some tasty African tracks from the vaults.
http://awesometapesfromafrica.blogspot.com

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
saggyrecordcabinet.blogspot

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
grapewrath.blogspot.com

croz.fm - one for music completists
croz.fm

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: 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

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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
Bunclody
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