|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 agus beidh an ciorcal comhrá gach Céadaoin 8-9.30pm i High Meadows Community Hub, Clonard, Loch Garman Y35 CXC6. Cruinníonn grúpa eile i 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. Bíonn ciorcal comhrá i Leabharlann Ros Mhic Thriúin on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 2pm.
Couch to Comhrá in 6 Weeks is an Irish language challenge from Gaelteanga (www.gaelteanga.com) that seeks to encourage people to take up the learning of Irish again. This interactive online course costs €10.
Irish language classes from Tuesday Sept 25 (7.30pm) in Red Books Wexford and from Wednesday September 26 (7pm) in Red Books Gorey. Each class will run for eight consecutive weeks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Acres Gallery, Selskar, Wexford. Currently hosting its Autumn Exhibition.
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Currently: System Interference, an exhibition by Micheál O'Connell a.k.a. Mocksim. In partnership with West Cork Arts Centre. Also at WAC: One Hundred Steps, a film by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca which references the work of Irish filmmaker Bob Quinn. Both run to Oct 4.
Pigyard Gallery has just changed hands but the good news it will continue to host great exhibitions.
Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Failing Upwards by GIBSON
officially opens Saturday 2nd September at 5pm.
Wexford Co Co HQ. Have a look at the Wexford County Council art collection online
Big Barn Art & Antiques, Mayglass (Eircode Y35 VH05) - Alan Davis in collaboration with Sarah O'Brien and Chrysta Hooper (until end of August). Open every Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm and midweek by appointment.
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare - intimate little gallery.
Coast Hotel, Rosslare - Chercher Une Femme is the title of an exhibition by Dimitri Avtin Diamond. Currently running.
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. Weekends the gallery exhibits outside around the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.
Cockleshell Art Room Duncannon open Sundays 11am-5pm.
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
Wexford's Storytelling Houses
Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events
Residencies/regular week-to-week gigs:
Jaspers Restaurant, Monck St, Wexford - Sharon Clancy and Amy Penston - Thursdays at 8pm
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford has Jilly Cox Every Tuesday (9.30pm), acoustic acts every Thursday (9.30pm) and the weekly Sunday Session (6pm).
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.
Bugler Doyle's, South Main St, Wexford - Thursday folk/trad session, weekend music
The Sky & The Ground - trad session Wednesdays; Basciville and guests Sundays
The John Barry, The Quays, Wexford - weekend acoustic music.
Casey's of Wexford, Wygram, Wexford has live music pretty much every night of the week (early and late) including trad/folk on Thursdays (8pm), jazz on Fridays (6pm), blues on Sunday afternoon (4pm).
Paddy Blues, Gorey - live music weekends
Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Gorey has 'Live Friday' gigs and acoustic music on Mondays.
French's Pub, Gorey - good for a session.
Stamp’s bar, Ennscorthy has trad sessions on Friday evenings.
The John Barry, Wexford (quays) has acoustic gigs weekends.
Camross Hall - dancing the first Friday of every month.
Carrig on Bannow Community Hall - social dancing Friday nights.
The Porterhouse, Castlebridge - live music weekends
Jordan's Pub, Ballindaggin - live music weekends
Quigleys of Kilmore - live music weekends
Coast Hotel, Rosslare Strand - live music Mondays (trad/folk) and Thursdays-Sundays
Sept 21-24 New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford. This year's fest celebrates the music of Rachmaninov. Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”. Lucy Parham brings her unique take on Rachmaninov’s life in her show “Elegie”, presented with actor Tim McInnerny. There are Irish debuts for Clara Haskil Competition winner Yumeka Nakagawa and Canadian pianist Meagan Milatz. There's chamber music by brilliant cellist Alexander Chausian and German violinist Mirijam Contzen. Irish pianist Ellen Jansson is generating loads of interest. Pianist Meagan Milatz travels from Canada. Musical Director Finghin Collins will, of course, be performing and keeping a close eye on proceedings over the weekend. Two jazz gigs in the programme: Scott Flanigan and Kiut Downes. What a line-up, what a festival! https://www.newrosspianofestival.com
Sept 21 (7.45pm) Eivers Live, Green Acres Gallery, Wexford. With Denis Eivers. Musical director: Declan Murphy. An evening of song, comedy and stories. €15. Tel 0868092063.
Sept 21 (8pm) Sharon Clancy and Amy Penston residency, Jaspers Restaurant, Monck St, Wexford.
Sept 21 (8pm) Airwaves by Padraig Sinnott and Alan Davies, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. 'With a perspective as a deaf artist, Alan Davis crafts a symbiotic relationship between sight and sound, accompanied by a unique soundtrack. The film “Sky Dance” is enriched by the fragmented subtitled text contributed by Laura Fitzgerald. The convergence of auditory and visual elements amplifies the intricacies of the subjects explored, together with American Artists Sarah O’Brien and Chrysta Hooper. The film incorporates kinetic sculpture in the form of kites to explore themes related to conservation and ornithology. The film furthers Alan’s 2021 work titled “Dreams of Flight” which was shortlisted for the RDS Visual awards that year. The night takes an interactive twist with a game orchestrated by Padraig Sinnott as he embarks on a performative exploration delving into the antics of television sitcoms.' Emmm. After all that I am still not much the wiser. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be good. Free event. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 21 (8pm) Forever Jackson - tribute to Michael Jackson, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €30. www.gr8events.ie/foreverjacksongorey
Sept 21 (9pm) Zurito, The Sky & The Ground pub (garden), South Main St, Wexford. “... two hot Spanish guitars that embody the fury of flamenco and body stirring rumba grooves. Passionate and uplifting.”
Sept 22-24 Write By The Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay, Wexford. https://writebythesea.ie
Sept 22 Culture Day/Night all over Ireland.
Sept 22 Co Wexford libraries celebrate Culture Night ... all day. https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com
Sept 22 (from 6-10pm) Culture Night at the National Opera House with multiple acts performing drama, dance, singing, music, mumming.
Sept 22 (6.30pm) Culture Night Youth Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Followed at 9pm by Culture Night Cabaret. Both free admission. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 22 (7.30pm) Hello Delia Murphy, McCall's Centre, Rathangan, Co Wexford. Delia's niece, Carmen Cullen, sings a selection of her songs accompanied by musician Gerry Anderson. Also performing, poet Jody Whelan.
Sept 22 (7.30pm) Wham, Bam, Slam! - POETRY SLAM for 'teenagers, childer and wee-uns', Red Books, Wexford. With prizes!
Sept 22 Danny Carroll and Laurie Shaw, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford. Two top class songwriters for the price of ... zilch! How does Casey manage to keep on pulling rabbits from hats! Listen: https://laurieshawofficial.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-garden-centres and https://dannycarrollmusic.bandcamp.com/track/affection-2
Sept 22 (8pm) Jack L, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey, Co Wexford. Tickets €30. https://lantern.ie/event/jack-l-3/
Sept 22 (8pm) John Colleary (comedy), Crown Live, Wexford. Tickets €16. www.lantern.ie
Sept 22 (8pm) Neil Delamere (comedy), St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. €25. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows
Sept 22 (8pm) Ceol Mo Chroí Culture Club, The Book Cafe & Bistro, Gorey. 'An evening of traditional song, film screenings, music, dance, poetry and stories, while supporting the Irish language.'
Sept 22 (9pm) Danny Carroll & Laurie Shaw, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford. Danny Carroll is co-curator of A Litany Of Failures compilation series showcasing independent artists from across Ireland. His latest single is 'Cheesemonger'. Laurie Shaw likes Pulp, Edgar Jones, Jonathan Richman, Ty Segall and Arctic Monkeys and 'he has released 100 albums'.
Sept 23 (2.30pm) Hedgerows in County Wexford with ecologist Billy Flynn, Wexford town library, Wexford. https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4088211
Sept 23 (8pm) The Purple and Bold Comedy Club, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Pat McDonnell and MC Blayne Hosey. Tickets €15. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639140
Sept 23,24,26,27 Dauzat St. Marie, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford. Another act over from the USA for a short residency. Listen https://dsm.live
Sept 26 (9pm) North Wexford Traditional Singing Circle, French's Pub, Gorey
Sept 27 Jean Toussaint & the Nigel Mooney Band, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Presented by JAzz at Johnstown. Grammy Award-winner and former member of Art Blakey’s famous Jazz Messengers, Jean Toussaint is one of the best saxophonists in the world. He is joined by Nigel Mooney on guitar, Dominic Mullan on drums and Scott Flanagan on organ.
Sept 28 (8pm) Jon Kenny - Words, Lies and Songs, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. 'Join one of Ireland's greatest liars who believes that if it wasn't for his strict Catholic upbringing he would never have gotten into comedy.' National treasure, not in a Daniel O'Donnell kind of way, mind. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873633356
Sept 28 (8pm) Franko Doyle and Alice McIntyre + Lorcan Crilly, Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford. Adm €10.
Sept 28 (8pm) Musical Youth, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €30.
Sept 29 (doors 7.30pm) The Frisky Fest, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With The Frisky Gypsys, Wizard Fruit, Aaron Berry, The Frangelics. Tickets €15. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 29 (8.30pm) Ger O Donnell & Trevor Sexton (seated show), Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €20.
Sept 29 (8.15pm) “Immigration Is A Joke” @ The Bailey Laughs, Bailey Café Bar, Enniscorthy. Three of Ireland’s top foreign comedians come together to perform a stand up comedy show in every county in Ireland. Performed by Neil Green (South Africa), Malinda Perera (Sri Lanka) and Lesly Martinez (Venezuela). €15.
Sept 30 (3.30pm) Cassiopeia Winds, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. A group of five of Ireland’s top wind players tackling the best of the wind repertoire from 19th-century onwards. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638142
Sept 30 (7pm) SOLAS, Red Books, Cearnóg Naoimh Phádraig, Wexford. Hosted by Eri Farrell. In aid of Wexford People Helping People. Expect words in all shapes and sizes uttered, muttered, spoken, broken, rhyming, chiming, by the metre, by the yard, occasionally with musical accompaniment.
Sept 30 (8pm) The Fureys, St Michael Theatre, New Ross. €30. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows
Sept 30 (9pm) Johnny Fox and The Man Whom, Casey's Bar, Wygram, Wexford. FREE and sure to be brilliant.
Sept 30 (9pm) IE/DC - Ireland’s Premier AC/DC Tribute, Crown Live, The Quys, Wexford. Tickets €18.
Oct 1 Autumn Fête at Johnstown Castle, Wexford. https://bookings.johnstowncastle.ie/Event/AUTUMNFETE
Oct 3-6 Rock 'N' Roll To the Rescue 2023, a musical by Adrienne Murphy, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. For fans of Elvis and The Big Bopper. Tickets €15. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638833
Oct 4 Michael English, Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.
Oct 5 (7pm) Author Aingeala Flannery reads from her Kerry Group Novel of the Year winning novel The Amusements, Wexford town library, Mallin St, Wexford. https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4085624
Oct 5 (7pm) Book launch: Going to The Well by Colm Brennan, Gorey library, Gorey.' This book of 30 newly composed, traditional songs of Ireland blends the authenticity of the sean nos tradition with the author, Colm Brennan’s, contemporary reflections.' https://wexfordcoco.libcal.com/event/4050796
Oct 6 Bernard O’Shea & Fiona Frawley @ Yellow Belly Comedy Festival, The 64 Lounge, Gorey. http://goreyyellowbellycomedyfestival.com
Oct 6,7 Heartfelt Productions presents Dolly and Mick (drama), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Starring Seamus Moran & Sinead Murphy. Written by Seamus Moran. Directed by Patrick Joseph Byrnes. 'A love story with a c&W twang.' Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 7 Deirdre O'Kane and guest @ Yellow Belly Comedy Festival, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. http://goreyyellowbellycomedyfestival.com
Oct 7 Smash Hits, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Oct 10 Larry Kirwan, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Former Black47 frontman Larry, accompanied by two busloads of American and Canadian fans, makes his annual pilgrimage home to Wexford. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638447
Oct 12 So Say So (poetry and spoken word with musical accompaniment, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Hosted by Stephen James Smith. Special guest is Ceara Conway an award-winning singer and visual artist. Tickets €5/10/15. www.wexfordartscentre.ie
Oct 13-15 Eugene O'Neill Festival, New Ross. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows
Oct 13 (7-10pm) Vibes - Disco night with DJ Ronan Buggy, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. A night for Adults with intellectual disabilities, family and friends included. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 13 (8pm) Fred Cooke & Colm O’Regan @ Yellow Belly Comedy Festival), Breens Bar, Gorey. http://goreyyellowbellycomedyfestival.com
Oct 14 (8pm) Eric Lalor and Karl Spain @ Yellow Belly Comedy Festival, Loch Gorman Arms, Gorey. http://goreyyellowbellycomedyfestival.com
Oct 14 (8.30pm) Seth Lakeman, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. 'If ever a folk musician could be likened to a pop star, his name would be Seth Lakeman; his musical prowess speaks for itself but his boyish good looks, effortless stage presence and humble nature just makes him even more likeable.' https://www.songkick.com/concerts/41091918-seth-lakeman-at-crown-live
Oct 14 (8pm) The Craic Pots, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. The band: Roger McGuire on guitar and vocals, Paul Cullen on bodhran and backing vocals, Paul Doyle on whistles, and Fran Scattergood on backing vocals and mandolin. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638323
Oct 19 (7.30pm) Frankenstein Bolts, Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford.
Oct 19 (8pm) Colm Keegan with Laura Durrant, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Singer Colm Keegan is accompanied by Scottish Cellist Laura Durrant. The pair, who deal in easy-on-the-ear modern Celtic balladry, are probably better known outside of Ireland, particularly the USA. At any other time of year, I would say it is nuts to put a gig like this in a venue like the arts centre. This, however, being festival time, it might work. Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 20 (7.30pm) Outspoken spoken work open mic night, Red Books, Peter's Street, Wexford. Dress code for this Fringe Fest edition? Whimsical 1920s era gúnas, three-piece tweed suits, horsehair under-garments. FREE!
Oct 20 (8pm) Jarlath O'Regan (comedy), St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. €24. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows
Oct 20 Edwin Sammon @ Bailey Laughs, The Bailey, Enniscorthy. Tickets €15 from Eventbrite.ie.
Oct 20 (11pm) Jenny Greene, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €23 - https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/jenny-greene/
Oct 21-29 TRAILBLAZERS: The Way of Words presented by The Purple and Gold Writers’ Collective at various venues, Wexford town. Every day, a cafe’s allocated ‘poet in residence’ will perform a medley of their own and other people’s poetry. Starting with former WFO Chairman Paul Hennessy in La Vista @ National Opera House 3pm, Oct 21.
Oct 21 (7pm) Al Porter (comedy), Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €29. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/al-porter-now/
Oct 21 (9.30pm) Green Road, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €25. https://lantern.ie/event/green-road/
Oct 21 (7.30pm) The Wexford Bohemian (issue no. 5) launch, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Edited by Álanna Hammel.
Oct 21 (8pm) Brian Brody & The Ghost Ensemble, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Fine songwriter sounding like a cross between Neil Hannon and Jack L. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638545
Oct 21 (8pm) Yellow Belly Comedy Festival Gala with MC Neil Delamere, Emma Doran, Colin Murphy, Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey. http://goreyyellowbellycomedyfestival.comhttp://goreyyellowbellycomedyfestival.com
Oct 21 (9.30pm) Green Road, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €25. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/green-road/
Oct 21 Absolute Eagles, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 22 Keith Barry: Mind Games, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford.
Oct 24 - Nov 5 Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford town. Women & War is the theme for Festival 2023. The three main operas are Zoraida di Granata by Donizetti, L’Aube rouge by Camille Erlanger, La ciociara by Marco Tutino. There are four shorter works also running throughout the festival, two by Puccini, one by Donizetti, one by Rossini. While paying punters sometimes takes their chances with the main operas, these are the real crowd-pleasers. And they are waaay more affordable than the biggies. Then there is all the other stuff that we come to expect on the festival programme: lectures, interviews, gala and choral concerts, lunchtime recitals, the 'Factory Concert' and the much-loved pop-up performances. Happening at the same time are Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford Arts Festival and Wexford Fringe Festival. www.wexfordopera.com ... https://wexfordspiegeltent.com ... www.facebook.com/wexfordartsfestival
Oct 24,27,30 & Nov 3,4 Wexford Festival Opera presents Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, The Grain Store, Stonebridge, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/gianni-schicchi
Oct 24 (6pm) Women & War Launch, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford.
Following the theme of this year’s Wexford Festival Opera.
Oct 25,26,27,28,31 & Nov 2 Wexford Festival Opera lunchtime recitals, St Iberius Church, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/lunchtime-recitals
Oct 25 (7.30pm and 9.30pm) John Bishop: Back at it (comedy), Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €35. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/events/list/
Oct 25,26,28,30 & Nov 1,3,4 Wexford Festival Opera presents La Fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/la-fille-du-regiment
Oct 25,27,29,31 & Nov 1,2,4 Wexford Festival Opera presents Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/suor-angelica
Oct 26,28 & Nov 2,5 Film - La Ciociara: Two Women by Vittorio De Seca and starring Sophia Loren, National Opera House, Wexford. Daytime showings. Free but advance booking required. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/film-la-ciociara-two-women
Oct 26-29 (8pm nightly) The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridg'd), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Written by Long, Singer & Winfield. Diretced by AnnMarie Walsh. Tickets €16. Tel 053 9123764.
Ot 26 (7pm) Hold My Drink with Charleen and Ellie, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €27. https://lantern.ie/event/hold-my-drink-with-charleen-and-ellie/
Oct 26 (7.30pm) Local Alchemy, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Organised by Deirdre McGarry, Local Alchemy consists of sixteen local artists each paired with a local poet who will draw inspiration from each other’s work
Oct 26 (10pm) Prohibition Party, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €40. https://lantern.ie/event/prohibition-party-5/
Oct 27 & 28 (8pm nightly) The Coronas, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €49.50. https://lantern.ie/event/the-coronas-6/
Oct 27 )8pm) Rí Rá Comedy Festival Special, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford. Hosted by MC Jamie T Murphy.
Oct 28 & Nov 2,5 Wexford Festival Opera presents L’italiana in Algeri by
Gioachino Rossini, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/litaliana-in-algeri
Oct 28 (7.30pm) Oíche Shamhna open mic night hosted by Aoife Rose O'Brien, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford.
Oct 29,30 & Nov 1,2,4 Wexford Festival Opera lunchtime recitals, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/lunchtime-recitals
Oct 29 (7pm) Mick Flannery, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €33. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/events/list/
Oct 29 (9pm) Wexford Festival Opera Gala Concert, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/gala-concert
Oct 29 (9.30pm) The Whistlin' Donkeys, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €35. https://lantern.ie/event/the-whistlin-donkeys-4/
Oct 30 (3pm) Wexford Festival Opera presents a Choral Concert with New Dublin Voices, Rowe Street Church, Wexford. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/choral-gala-concert
Oct 30-Nov 2WLOS: Hits from the Musicals, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Tickets from National Opera House. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/wexford-light-opera-societys
Oct 31 (11am) Wexford Festival Opera's Impossible Interview, National Opera House, Wexford. Journalist Michael Dervan 'interviews' the British nurse, statistician, social reformer Florence Nightingale. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/impossible-interview
Oct 31-Nov 1 Ballycogley Players present A Night Of Comedy, Wexford Arts Centre. A Fringe Festival fav. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638954
Nov 1,2 (nightly 8pm) The Waterboys, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €40. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/the-waterboys/
Nov 2 (1pm) Free Range Poetry presented by The Purple and Gold Poetry Collective, Wexford town Library, Mallin St, Wexford. First of a series of 'dynamic' poetic performances at the library.
Nov 2 (6pm) Historical Talks, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford.
Nov 2 Melanie O'Reilly & Trio, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Dave Mooney - bass, Michael Behan - guitar, Leopoldo Osio - piano. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639047
Nov 3 (11am) Dr Tom Walsh Lecture: Lara Marlowe, National Opera House, Wexford. 'From Innocent Victims to Daring Warriors; Real-life Stories of Women in War' is the title of Marlowe's lecture. Her 2021 memoir, Love in a Time of War, My Years with Robert Fisk, was a best-seller in Ireland. https://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme/dr-tom-walsh-lecture
Nov 3 (7pm) The Academic, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €35. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/events/list/
Nov 3 (7.30pm) Grand Auld Opera Musical Open Mic, Red Books, Slippery Green, Wexford.
Nov 3 (8pm) How to Get the Menopause and Enjoy It with Anne Gildea, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. €22/€20 + booking fee. Tel 053 9123764.
Nov 3 (10pm) Jenny Greene, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €23 - https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/jenny-greene/
Nov 4 (7pm) Neil Delamere (comedy), Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €30. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/neil-delamere-neil-by-mouth/
Nov 4 The Lost Brothers, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. TLB are Oisin Leech from Meath and Mark McCausland from Tyrone. 'Their sound is inspired by a range of influences that include the writings of Patrick Kavanagh and John Fante, the music of Billie Holliday, and the paintings of Jack B Yeats.' https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873638044
Nov 4 (9.30pm) Bell X1, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford. Tickets €42. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/events/list/
Nov 5 (11am-5pm) Annual Festival Book Fair, Talbot Hotel, Wexford.
Nov 5 (12 noon) Kristian Grey, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford. 'uproarious comedy magic show for kids!' Tickets €12. https://wexfordspiegeltent.com/event/kristian-grey-master-of-magical-wonders-mysteries/
Nov 10-12 North Wexford Traditional Singing Féile, Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey. www.northwexfordtraditionalsingingcircle.ie
Nov 11 (8pm) Mike Denver and Guests, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: €35+Facility Fee. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 12 The Remedy Club, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford.
Nov 12 (8pm) Declan O'Rourke, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €35 + fees. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/declan-orourke
Nov 12 (8pm) ABBA FOREVER, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: €30 + Facility Fee.
Nov 15 Abba Forever, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey
Nov 17 Chris Kent: Back at it, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Nov 17 (8pm) Pilgrim Street, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Bluegrass, Old Time Country and Folk Music, fused with traditional folk songs. Won loats of Wexford fans on their previous visit so expect tickets to sell well. Tickets €25/22. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873637845
Nov 18 (8pm) SJ McArdle presents PORT, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. 'PORT, is a new song cycle from contemporary Drogheda folk artist SJ McArdle, full of timeless, indelible folk songs.' Produced by Droichead Arts Centre with Arts Council support. 'Features Carol Keogh (Plague Monkeys), Graham Henderson (Moving Hearts, Sinead O’Connor) and Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys) along with vocalist John Ruddy and fiddle player Barry Kieran (Kern) ... SJ was previously the songwriter and singer in award-winning Irish folk band Kern.' Highly recommended. Tickets €20/18. https://sjmcardle.com/port/
Nov 21-25 Oklahama!, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross
Nov 22-26 Frederick Douglass Wexford Civil Rights Festival, Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/FrederickDouglassWexfordCivilRightsFestival2020
Nov 22 So Say So (poetry and spoken word with musical accompaniment, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Hosted by Stephen James Smith. Special guest is Zaffar Kunial whose debut collection, Us, was shortlisted for a number of prizes, including the T. S. Eliot Prize. England’s Green. His latest collection, has been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Ondaatje Prize. In partnership with The Frederick Douglass & Civil Rights Festival this event is supported by the British Council in Ireland. Tickets €5/10/15. www.wexfordartscentre.ie
Nov 24-Dec 2 Decadent Theatre Company present On Such As We by Billy Roche, National Opera House, Wexford. 'Oweney's barbershop and the rooms to let above it offer refuge to a host of lonely hearts: a recently laid off hotel night porter, an angry young artist, a troubled orphan girl, a wounded old windower, a likely bruiser and the beautiful Maeve. All of them in their own various ways fall under Oweney's loving spell.' Tickets: €20 - €27.50 + Facility Fee. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 24 Step Into Christmas (tribute band), Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey
Nov 25 (7.30pm) Ballet Ireland's Carmen, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/ballet-irelands-carmen
Nov 25 Rock Into Christmas (tribute band), Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey
Nov 29 (8pm) Phil Coulter - 'Four score and then' tour, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets: €35 + booking fee from gr8events.ie
Dec 1 Pat Shortt & Faye Shortt Comedy Show, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873650701
Dec 2 (7.30pm) Irish Baroque Orchestra with Chamber Choir Ireland presents Handel’s Messiah, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €27/22 + fees. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/irish-baroque-orchestra-handels-messiah
Dec 3 (3pm) Just This Once: Ali Comerford, 2023 RESONATE artist-in-residence, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €15 + fees. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/just-this-once
Dec 3 (8pm) New York Tenors Deirdre Masterson, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/christmas-new-york-tenors-deirdre-masterson
Dec 5 A Christmas Country with the Stars, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. With Philomena Begley, Declan Nerney, Mick Flavin, Shawn Cuddy, Own Mac and the Keltic Storm Band.
Dec 6 (7.30pm) Sunday Miscellany Celebrates Christmas with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. This concert will feature in the RTÉ Radio 1 Christmas schedule. Tickets €33-40. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/sunday-miscellany-celebrates-christmas
Dec 8 Nathan Carter, National Opera House, Wexford. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/nathan-carter
Dec 9 Coldplace - tribute to Coldplay, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Dec 14-16 Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan: a staged reading presented by Four Rivers Theatre, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Directed by Ben Barnes and accompanied with original music by Eleanor McEvoy. WAC has definitely struck gold with this one. I herewith issue a prediction: the success of this show will have all involved parties feeling very pleased with themselves. It has BOX OFFICE SUCCESS written all over it. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9123764. https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639526
Dec 15 (7.30pm) Christmas Gala with Claudia Boyle and National Symphony Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. Conductor: David Brophy. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/christmas-gala-with-claudia-boyle
Dec 17 (8pm) Small Things Like These presented by Four Rivers Theatre, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. Directed by Ben Barnes and accompanied with original music by Eleanor McEvoy, Small Things Like These, a Booker Prize nominated novel, is set in 1985 in a Co. Wexford town. https://stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873650749
Dec 21 Lankum, National Opera House, Wexford. Award-winning trad/folk group. Tickets €32.50 + fees. Tel 053 9122144. Selling fast! https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/lankum
Jan 7 The Fureys, National Opera House, Wexford.
Jan 12 Frankie Boyle: Lap of Shame, National Opera House, Wexford
Jan 13 Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: €34.50 + Facility Fee. Tel 053 9122144.
Jan 26 Mack Fleetwood, National Opera House, Wexford.
Jan 27 Mary Black: 40th Anniversary Tour, National Opera House, Wexford.
Listen while you browse: Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub
Download (free if you like!): One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali by Derek Gripper
Musician Derek Gripper's acclaimed new album One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali is available for download. Pay what you want.
Wexford Walking Tours
Wexford Walking Tours run informative and entertaining historical tours of Wexford Town all year round. Meet at the Tourist Office on The Quays any day (except Sunday) at 11am; also daily tour (3pm) of Selskar Abbey meeting at An Tobar, Westgate. Tel 053 9175171 / 086 3526133 / 086 1079497. www.wexfordwalkingtours.net
Trax Music Store ... Now Online
Trax Music Store (St Aidan's, Wexford town) now have a virtual shop window via their website www.trax.ie or www.traxmusicstore.com.
Storytelling in Co Wexford
For info on storytelling venues/events in County Wexford see www.storiesfromthehearth.ie.
Beautiful zychadelic pop from Wales? Listen to Jonny now!
Listen to Jonny at www.turnstilemusic.net then download their free ep.
Listen to Villagers now!
Listen to Choice Music nominated Villagers at www.wearevillagers.com. If you like what you hear but the cd. (Note if you like this music you will love Wexford Ian Doyle's much anticipated cd - should be on the shelves in March.)
Listen to James V. McMorrow now!
Listen to Choice Music Prize nominated James V. McMorrow's latest opus at www.jamesvmcmorrow.com then go buy the album. This is beautiful music.
One for lovers of old classical music records
Read books online for free!
Visit www.avidgroup.co.uk for budget price jazz cds
Want to build your jazz/lounge music collection? And do it on a tight budget? Check out www.avidgroup.co.uk
Drama classes for kids age 5 and up. See www.discoveringdrama.com. Tel 087 6858457.
New members welcome. See www.wexfordhillwalkingclub.com
Visit pitchfork.com for latest music reviews
Visit http://pitchfork.com for great music reviews.
The Ballet Academy, Wexford
The Ballet Academy, Westpoint Business Park, Clonard, Wexford. Under the charming and very experienced Dara Pierce students are assured of top class tuition and guidance. Weekly classes for ages 3-18 years. Tel 087 9871793. http://theballetacademy.ie
Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com
One for World music completists: http://folkmusicsmb.blogspot.com
The Story of Roky Erickson
Read about an album getting rave reviews in America and read the sad story of the guy behind it, Roky Erickson. Then go visit one of the sites streaming the hypnotic track Goodbye Sweet Dreams.
Roky Erickson Website
Get on the South Wexford Craft Trail
Want to see a different side to Wexford, one of quite industriousness? Get your hands on a guide to the South Wexford Craft Trail. This is a collaborative project involving ten nationally-known crafts men and women living locally – some native to the area, others drawn to this unique and inspiring region from elsewhere in Ireland. Sponsored by Wexford County Enterprise Board and the Crafts Council of Ireland this attractive Trail Guide takes the traveller through the rich and pastoral South Wexford countryside, with the sea shore never far away, on a tour of small-scale studios where visitors are warmly welcomed by their owners. The South Wexford Craft Trail was conceived with the aim of creating an opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ behind these successful enterprises, those who have made South Wexford the hotbed of creativity it is today. Further info: Patricia Howard Cowley. Email email@example.com
SXSW - Intro/Promo pack with hundreds of tracks
Good English website dealing in Americana
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
The NY Times Magazine looks back on the past year from its favored perch: ideas. They have searched out "noteworthy notions of 2009 — the twigs and sticks and shiny paper scraps of human ingenuity ... the most clever, important, silly and just plain weird innovations ... from all corners of the thinking world".
Listen to connected.ie's online radio.
www.connected.ie online radio
Treasure trove of old African music (RSS - streaming)
Blog with some tasty African tracks from the vaults.
Bluegrass Sessions in Dublin
For anyone heading to Dublin for a weekend there is regular old time American country and bluegrass provided by Bill Whelan and friends at The Cobblestone, Smithfield Square every Saturday from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Also the 2RN String band perform on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm in J. McNeill’s Bar, Capel Street, Dublin.
saggyrecordcabinet.blogspot - another one for lovers of old time American country and bluegrass
Rural TV on Sky 279
Checkout Sky channel - 279 for ‘Rural TV’ - broadcasting for 24 hours a day, is an American station with a mixture of programmes on farming, cowboy culture, tractor racing and - here’s the interesting bit - Country Music. ‘Bluegrass & Backwoods’ is a daily show about Kentucky- horses, making dulcimers and Bluegrass music. ‘Country Gathering Reunion’ features around 20 old Country singers sitting around talking about the 'Good Old Days Of Country' whilst ‘Gospel Gathering’ is pure Gospel Bluegrass with many excellent groups. Porter Wagoner & Wilburn Bros TV shows from the 1960's and early 70's are repeated throughout the week. ‘Pop Goes Country’ features Ralph Emery and an array of 1970s country. There’s also the Marty Stuart Show with Earl Scruggs, Rhonda Vincent, Leroy Troy and Nashville Mafia Jug Band with Eddie Stubbs as MC.
Wexford Libraries - loads going on!
Check out the Wexford Libraries website to see what is happening at your local library. They have a busy schedule in place: Wexford Libraries Website
Listen online to some classy flat-pickin'
Flatpicking Guitar Online
grapewrath.blogspot.com - great for folk/bluegrass/old time
croz.fm - one for music completists
Rainy day online activities for kids with weansworld.org
Here's a nice little website which should keep the children occupied in their idle moments. There are games, jigsaws, pictures to colour in, and stories including a good five part cartoon adventure about Cúchulainn. http://www.weansworld.org/
See Wexford in 2min 55secs with music by the Submersibles
Definitely something in the water in Wexford these days. See how it's affected Andi McGarry and his compadres: Speedy Ramble through Wexford landscape with music by the Submersibles
Neil Young Live in Concert 1968
It's 1968 and Neil Young is about to release his self-titled debut solo album. Here he is in front of a full house (to his surprise!) playing some of the songs that would go on to make him a household favorite. Even though that was40 years ago the recording has only now been made available. Hear it here in its entirety. North Carolina Public Radio"
The latest happenings on the Irish music scene ... Hotpress
Skip James sings Worried Blues (YouTube)
Classic video recording of Skip James singing Worried Blues.
Kristin Hersh, LIVE - free downloads
If you like Kristin Hersh visit this site where, with the blessing of the former Throwing Muses woman herself, you can download, in various formats, live tracks. If you like what you hear, you are welcome to make a donation at the kristinhersh.com tip jar.
check out www.bluehighwaystv.com
www.bluehighwaystv.com is an excellent source of music and information. It's the only TV network available today that holds a deep connection and commitment to bluegrass and roots music. From bluegrass and folk to gospel and blues, BlueHighways TV states it has always remained true to all facets of this great musical genre. Their programming showcases the artists and venues that have helped to fuel the passion of roots music fans throughout the world
Listen! Music while you work - Josh Ritter
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter - full album streaming
Listen! Music while you work - IMC
Improvised Music Company's online music player (12 tracks). Style: World, jazz, alternative.
Wonderful slide show from The New York Times
Check out this lovely slide show from The New Tork Times with the title Faces Of Africa.
SOUTH EAST LIVE ... KILKENNY, WATERFORD, TIPP, CARLOW, WICKLOW
All the action is not necessarily going down in Wexford. See what's happening in the neighbouring counties.
Munster Express Weekly Ents Page for Waterford
Munster Express Arts Guide
Waterford Today Guide
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Whazon Guide to Kilkenny
Carlow's Eigse Festival
Tinahely Arts Centre
Mermaid Arts Centre
New Music Club, Clonmel
1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival Video
Extract from the 1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival featuring some beautiful old time playing and singing. Approx 9 mins long.
See old-time music film footage on the web
Check out folkstreams.net where you can watch short extracts from the various Alan Lomax (and others) documentaries and films that include footage of old time musicians etc.
Fantastic Bluegrass Documentary with Music
What a find! If you have broadband check out www.madisoncountyproject.org and go for one of the videos under Video Builds on the right. 25 minute video of (mainly) singing traditions in Madison County, North Carolina, with input from
Sheila Kay Adams and various other singers plus interviews with (and film clips from) John Cohen [of the original New Lost City Ramblers - Tom Paley who plays Wexford Hooves 'n' Grooves Festival was also a member].
Thanks to Richard Hawkins of Bluegrass Ireland for bringing this to our attention.
Alan Lomax Archive Launched on the Web
The Alan Lomax Archive is pleased to announce the culmination of its seven-year effort to preserve and disseminate the work of one of the 20th century’s foremost folklorists and musicologists, Alan Lomax. Lomax recorded and nurtured the careers of Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and other legends; his recordings of many more obscure artists have been featured in works such as O Brother Where Art Thou?. Alan Lomax believed in a principle he called “cultural equity,” the need for all cultures to be equally represented in the media and in the classroom. Through years of comparative research on folk song style, he drew a convincing parallel between natural and cultural ecology which underscores the importance of preserving our intangible oral heritage. Alan Lomax believed it was imperative to return traditions to their home sources and artists, a strategy he called “cultural feedback.” In that spirit, on April 22, 2005 The Alan Lomax Database will go online; also, over the next ten months, the Association for Cultural Equity, which administers the Alan Lomax Archive, will send digital copies of audio and video recordings and photographs by Alan Lomax to a number of libraries and archives in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe so that they will be available locally to people in or from the regions in which they were originally made. The Alan Lomax Database, www.lomaxarchive.com, is a multimedia catalogue of the audio and video recordings and photographs made by Alan Lomax from 1946–1994, as well as of recordings made by few of his colleagues. It will also ultimately include some of the older collections of audio recordings made by Lomax on behalf of the Library of Congress, which have been transferred and remastered using cutting-edge technology. Developed and built by personnel and consultants of the Alan Lomax Archive, the Database features 25 collections and thousands of recordings, which have been preserved, digitized, and cataloged over the past several years with funds from the Rock, Concordia, Rockefeller, Richmond, and Grammy foundations, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. The Alan Lomax Collection on Rounder Records is a multi-series, 100+ CD collection of folk music and narrative drawn from Alan Lomax’s international field recordings. For more information go to www.rounder.com/series/lomax_alan/
Great American Festivals - Great Holiday Idea!
'Music Heritage Trails in America's Southern Highlands' organises holidays based around top American festivals. Co-ordinated by American and Worldwide Travel of Tunbridge Wells as well as organising a package to MerleFest in April, there are various very attractive offers being put together which will take in a string of other festivals such as the Ralph Stanley Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Smith Ridge, Virginia in May; Wayne C. Henderson's Music Festival (Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia) in June; Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Music Festival, and Doc Watson Music Festival (both in North Carolina) in July; Carter Family Memorial Festival and Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention (both Virginia) in August; Music In The Mountains Festival, in North Carolina in September; and Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (Virginia) in October. Each itinerary has been planned to present as much of the rich character and musical heritage of the region to visitors, so there are daily trips to important places such as The Carter Fold and A.P. Carter Museum as well as chances to attend local hoe-downs and opportunities to meet sparkling personalities such as banjo picker extraordinaire, Raymond Fairchild at his Maggie Valley Opry. Beautifully illustrated brochures have been produced giving full details of the various packages and can be obtained by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning to 01892 511894.
Join the Music Maker Association!
The Music Maker Association supports independent songwriters, performers and record labels with a number of initiatives from internet and magazine publicity to live performances through showcases, festivals and CD distribution? Their website has a selection of members CDs with audio tracks, a Directory of Performers, Clubs, and Businesses, an on-line store and Web Radio. Log onto www.tradmusic.net visit some of their associated sites and consider becoming a member so that they can help to promote your music. Also under the Music Maker banner is The Independents CD Catalogue – so if you have produced a CD and have no distributor then this could be the answer for you. The printed catalogue is mailed to CD buyers and record stores together with a compilation disc and followed up by personal calls. The catalogue is also on line and achieves sales world wide. To view the catalogue click on the ‘On-Line Store’ logo on www.tradmusic.net As a member of the MMA you can have a page profile on the web free of charge, or they can register your own address and design a website with audio linked to the Music Maker Web which gets thousands of visitors every month telephone 0207 424-0027 or visit www.magnet-publishing.co.uk
Links to a selection of recommended sites
Here's a few from that list:
Whitford House Hotel
North Wexford Tourism
Gorey Little Theatre
Wexford Language School