Wexford Gigs, Shows ... LATEST

Ciorcal Comhrá 
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.

Green Acres Gallery, Selskar, Wexford. Currently hosting its Open Submission show.
Wexford Arts Centre has Not Somewhere Else But Here, a solo exhibition by Serena Caulfield launching 11am, Sat, 11 February. Curated by Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll. Runs until March 23.
Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy: 7th Annual Open Call Exhibition. Launch 6pm, March 11. Runs until May 1.
Wexford Co Co HQ:
Wexford County Council art collection online
Rosslare Gallery, Rosslare - intimate little gallery.
The Artbank Gallery, Bunclody is a wild and wonderful place leaking colour at every corner. Current exhibition: E.I. Sanby's Manifestation of a Forest' Celtic Tree collection.

Keep an eye on the following sites for happenings at Wexford's top tourist destinations and events at the county's main venues.
Lantern Presents
Gorey Events Guide
Slaney News

Always something happening at Wexford's libraries. Gorey Library events

Event Listings
Residencies/regular week-to-week gigs:
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.
Katie Daly's Bar & Restaurant, Gorey has 'Live Friday' gigs and acoustic music on Mondays. 
Stamp’s bar, Ennscorthy has trad sessions on Friday evenings.
The John Barry, Wexford (quays) has acoustic gigs weekends.

Latest listings:
March 17 (doors 8pm) Hits & Memories Tour: Gina & The Champions with guest Ronan Collins, Coast Hotel, Rosslare Strand. Ticekts €25.
March 17 (8pm) Maxim Rysanov, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and Dóra Kokas
Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely. Grammy-nominated violist Rysanov, multi-award-winning violinist Boriso-Glebsky and rising star cellist Dora Kokas perform together as a trio for the very first time. Prog includes Mozart’s string trio and Beethoven's Trio in G major. Tickets €18/16. https://www.facebook.com/CourthouseArtsCentre
March 18 (11.00am – 13.00 pm) Richard Malone: work in progress at Blackbird Cultur-Lab, Haresmead, Foulkesmills, Co. Wexford. The visual artist and fashion designer engaged in a 4 week-residency of research and experimentation at Blackbird Cultur-Lab. He is in the process of developing a new body of work that includes the study of natural pigments and dyes, clay and interdisciplinary and collaborative dance/movement work. This Saturday he will show some of his work in progress. During this FREE event Malone will engage in an informal conversation with Karla Sánchez, director of Blackbird Cultur-Lab. Register: https://www.blackbirdcultur-lab.com/blog/richard-malone-spring-research-residency
March 18-26 South Wicklow Drama Festival, St Brigid's Hall, Carnew, Co Wicklow. https://www.facebook.com/SouthWicklowDramaFestival
March 18 (7.30pm) Views from the Field by Mattie White - book launch, Red Books, Peter's Square, Wexford.
March 18 Seán Keane, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. An opportunity to hear this wonderful singer in an intimate setting. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9123764. 
March 19 (8pm) Declan Nerney in concert, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. 
March 19 Take That - Rule the World, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
March 20-23 New Ross Drama Festival, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. The concluding half of the festival. https://www.facebook.com/NRDF2020
March 21,23 (nightly 8pm) Ballycogley Players - Le Chéile Drama: a night of humour and nostalgia, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Two one-act plays in aid of Wexford Rape Crisis Centre and Alzheimer’s Society Wexford. A Creamcracker Under The Settee by Alan Bennett, directed by Mairead Sinnott and Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan, directed by Breda Hayes. Tel 053 9123764.
March 22 Farsiders by Fintan Kelly presented by Enniscorthy Drama Group, New Ross
March 23 (7.30pm) Dermot Whelan: Mind Full, National Opera House, Wexford. A certified meditation teacher, Dermot will give you the tools you need to destress through meditation and find more happiness and fulfilment, all delivered in his much-loved comedic style.
March 24-31 Wexford Drama Festival, National Opera House, Wexford.
March 24,25 Lantern presents Tommy Tiernan: Tomfoolery, National Opera House, Wexford. 
March 24 (7.30pm) Outspoken, Red Books, Peter's Square, Wexford. An evening of words of all shapes and sizes spoken out loud by people who, while they may not all be outspoken have no hesitation in speaking out. With special guest poet being followed by open mic session.
March 24 (8pm) Claire Barnett-Jones and Rebecca Cohen, St Iberius Church, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
March 24 (8pm) Well by Pat & Faye Shortt, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross.
March 24 Glory Days - tribute to Springsteen, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
March 25 (8pm) Shall we Dance with Duo b!z'art, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. "Classical music with a difference" from two classically trained pianists.  
March 25 (8pm) Crimson X The Donnys + support, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Crimson play psychedelic blues and hard rock; The Donny are a classic rock band; No Hassle is a hard rock/punk band; Jenny Murphy is a 20 year old jazz/soul singer. Adm €10.
March 25 Creedance Awakened - Creedance Clearwater Revival Experience, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
March 26 (12.30pm) Twenty Fingers on a Piano with Duo b!z'art, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "Twenty Fingers on a Piano - An amazing musical show for children where music meets fairy tales, games and magic."
March 27 - April 1 Gorey Musical Society presents West Side Story, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Director: Stephen Acton. Tickets €15 Mon - Wed and €20 Thurs - Sat. www.gr8events.ie
March 30 (8pm) JMA in concert, Frank's Place, North Main St, Wexford. Adm €10.
March 30 Thin Lizzy Symphonic, National Opera House, Wexford. With RTE Concert Orchestra and guests Tom Dunne, Wallis Bird, Jess Kav, Mundy Jack O’Rourke and Shobsy. Tickets €20-40. Tel 053 9122144. Selling fast!
March 30 Neil Delamere (comedy), Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €27 from www.lantern.ie
March 31 (7.30pm) Live Lit., Red Books @ Hawthron & Mayblosson, Rafter St, Gorey. Music, spoken word and prose.
April 1 (7.30pm) New Ross Singers, with orchestra, sing the Mass to St Cecilia by Gounod, with three super soloists, William Pearson (tenor), Jade Phoenix (soprano) and Eoin Foran (bass), Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon.
April 1 (8pm) BREATHE - The Pink Floyd Experience with “Dark Side Of The Moon is 50”, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144.
April 2 (7.30pm) Wexford Festival Singers presents Cherubini's Requiem in C Minor + Mozart's Symphony No 31 'Paris' with City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra under Dr Kevin O'Carroll, Rowe Street Church, Wexford. Tickets €20 (students €10, U12 free). Tel 087 3904994.
April 6 (8pm) Mario Rosenstock: Gift Grub Live, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/mario-rosenstock1
April 6-8 and April 12-15 Amongst Men by Eoghan Rua Finn (theatre), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "The year is 1969 and Seán Walsh, a primary school teacher, plans to commemorate the Irish revolutionary period as it occurred in Wexford with his pupils. His mother was a Cumann na mBan member and has first-hand knowledge of life before, during and after the War of Independence, knowledge, however, that she prefers to remain secret.
After tragedy strikes, Seán turns to uncovering his mother’s secrets, a mission which puts him in conflict with local political and religious leaders, threatening his job, identity and life." Tel 053 9123764.
April 7 Christy Moore, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €45-42. Tel 053 9122144 SOLD OUT!
April 7 (8pm) An Evening with Rory’s Stories & Special Guests, St Michael's Theatre, New Ross. 
April 7 Rock Rising, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
April 8 Paul Brady, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/day/2023/04/08/
April 8 (8pm) 'For the Love of Elvis' by D. O' Connor, followed by 'Madonna and I' by John Aspill (live theatre), Red Books, Peter's Square, Wexford.
April 8 The Seeger Sessions Revival (Bruce Springsteen), Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
April 9 Live Forever - Oasis tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
April 11 (8pm) A Night with the Country Stars, National Opera House, Wexford. Featuring "legendary accordion maestro Brendan Shine, the sublime vocal talents of Sligo's Patrick Feeney, the wee man from Drumlish Declan Nerney, the gentle giant of Country Mick Flavin, the popular John McNicholl and the best from the West Mayo's Gerry Guthrie." Tickets €32.50. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/a-night-with-the-country-stars
April 12-15 Amongst Men by Eoghan Rua Finn (theatre), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
April 13 (7.30pm) Frankenstein Bolts, Gayle Murphy and Yellow Bellows, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Supported by Music Generation Wexford. Adm €10.
April 14 (8pm) Emma Doran: Mad isn't It?, National Opera House, Wexford. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/emma-doran
April 14 Lantern Presents Gearoid Farrelly, Crown Live, Wexford
April 15 Christy Moore, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €45-42. Tel 053 9122144 SOLD OUT!
April 15 Damien Dempsey, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
April 16 Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, The Sky & The Ground, South Main St, Wexford.
April 21 (8pm) Karan Casey with Niamh Dunne & Seán Óg Graham, National Opera House, Wexford. Fab Waterford trad/folk singer is joined by Graham on guitar and fiddler Niamh Dunne. Listen: https://karancasey.bandcamp.com/album/nine-apples-of-gold . Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/karan-casey-irish-tour-2023
April 21 (8pm) Melanie O'Reilly's Bossa Nua Trio, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Leopoldo Osio - piano, Michael Behan - guitar, Dave Mooney - bass. Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764.
April 21 (8pm) Richie Buckley Quartet, Jazz at Johnstown, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. One of Ireland’s most acclaimed tenor saxophonists, Buckley has recorded with Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello. He will be accompanied by Myles Drennan on Hammond organ, John Moriarty on guitar and Kevin Brady on drums. Tickets - tel 053-9184671.
April 21 Bob Dylan Roadshow, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
April 22 (8pm) Enya Martin: Ask Your Ma! (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €28. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/enya-martin
April 22 Bruised Orange - John Prine Tribute, Wexfod Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
April 22 The Frisky Gypsys + Ruben Buggy & State of Mind, Crown Live, Wexford. Tickets from lantern.ie
April 24-29 (8pm nightly) The Hunchback of Notre Dame as told by Scott Schwartz presented by Wexford Light Opera Society, National Opera House, Wexford. Directed by Thomas O'Leary. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/wexford-light-opera-societys
April 25 Some Guys Have All The Luck: Rod Stewart Tribute, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €30 + fees. www.gr8events.ie
April 27 (8.30pm) The Schmoozenbergs: Cortison Swing, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. Tickets €18. Tel 053 9123764. Listen: https://youtu.be/Sylb9OGTBCc ... www.wexfordartscentre.ie
April 28 (8pm) Deirdre O'Kane - Demented, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tel (053) 942 1474.
April 29-May 1 Shine A Light Festival, Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head, Co Wexford. https://hookheritage.ie/events/
April 29 Eleanor McEvoy, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €25/22. Tel 053 9123764.
April 29 (8.30pm) Rob Strong Band, Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. Tickets €22 + fees.
April 29 The Roadhouse Doors - tribute to The Doors, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
April 30 (7.30pm) Marty in the Evening with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. RTÉ Concert Orchestra & guests under Stephen Bell conductor. Tickets @20-40. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/marty-in-the-evening-with-the-rte-concert-orchestra
April 30 (3pm-4pm) Liam Bates: world premiere performance of a new concerto for viola and chamber ensemble, St Iberius Church, Wexford. Tickets: €18, €15 (concessions) and €5 (students) from www.eventbrite.com.
April 30 (8.30pm) Kevin Lawlor Trio celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day 2023, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. With Dave Jones - piano, Florian Kockott - double bass and Kevin on drums. Tel 053 9123764.
April 30 The Gerry Cinnamon Experience, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
May 4,5 (nightly 8pm) Yes! Reflections by Molly Bloom, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. From Ulysses by James Joyce. A Wild Mountain Flower Production. Adapted by Aedin Moloney and Colum McCann. Tel 053 9123764.
May 5 (7.30pm) Hello Again: The Neil Diamond Songbook, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €27-25. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/hello-again-the-story-of-neil-diamond1
May 6 Leonard Cohen Story, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Tickets €25. www.gr8events.ie
May 6 (8pm) Rebecca O’Connor “Simply the Best” as Tina Turner, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €28-25. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/rebecca-oconnor
May 7 (7.30pm) An Audience with Liverpool Legends, National Opera House, Wexford. Ronnie Whelan, Steve McMahon and Jan Molby on stage together with host Jed Stone. Tickets €36. Tel 052 9122144.
May 10 (7.30pm) Yes and Yes, The Liz Roche Company, National Opera House, Wexford. To mark 100 years since the first publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Solas Nua in Washington D.C in partnership with Cork Opera House, commissioned Liz Roche to create a brand-new dance piece. Tickets €20/18 (early bird until March 21 €16/14. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/yes-yes
May 10 Foghorn String Band, Colfer's, Carrig on Bannow, Co Wexford.
May 11,12,13 Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Gorey Little Theatre, Gorey. Presented by Innovations Theatre School which is the southeast’s longest established performance arts school, with students from age 5-18yrs. Tickets: www.gr8events.ie
May 12 (8pm) Country And Irish, a play by Patrick McCabe, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Presented by Fight2Flight Theatre in association with Smock Alley Theatre. "A man, a banana and a tape recorder. …and a bomb." Tickets €20/18. Tel 053 9123764.
May 13 Someone's Sons, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
May 19 (8pm) Three Harps, St. Peter's College Secondary School, Wexford. A Music for Wexford concert.
May 19 (8pm) Mozart's Così fan tutte presented by Irish National Opera, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €80/15. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/irish-national-opera-presents2
May 19 Qween, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €22.
May 21 AIMS Choral Festival, New Ross. https://www.facebook.com/aimschoralfestival
May 22 (7.30pm) Menopause the Musical 2 - Cruising Through Menopause!, National Opera House, Wexford. With Mary Byrne, Jessica Martin, Rebecca Wheatley, Susie Fenwick. Tickets €35. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/menopause-the-musical-2
May 23 (8pm) Philomena Begley - I Ain't Over the Hill, National Opera House, Wexford. With special guests Ray Lynam, John Hogan and Louise Morrisey. Tickets €30. Tel 053 9122144.
May 24 (7.30pm) Ben Portsmouth: This is Elvis, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €29.50/27.50. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/taking-care-of-elvis
May 26 Straighten Out - tribute to The Stranglers, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €20.
May 27 (7pm) Co. Wexford School of Music presents its Summer Concert, NationalOpera House, Wexford. Featuring the school’s Jazz and String ensembles, Music Makers, the Dynamix Orchestra and a host of solo and duet performers. Tickets €12/8. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/co.-wexford-school-of-musics
May 27 Róisín O, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €22.50 + fees.
May 28 The Emperor Trio, St Iberius Church, Main St, Wexford. Featuring harpists Richard Allen, Aisling Ennis and Dianne Marshall. A Music for Wexford concert. Prog includes Debussy's Claire de Lune, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Brahms' Intermezzo in A, Chertok's Around the Clock and Salzedo's Chanson dans la nuit. Tickets: €20/17, €5 students. www.eventbrite.com
June 3-5 Hooked On The Sea Festival, Hook Head, Co Wexford. https://hookheritage.ie/events/
June 3 (7.30pm) The Simon & Garfunkel Story - 50th Anniversary Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets @26/24. Tel 053 9122144. https://www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/the-simon-garfunkel-story
June 9 Renegades of Funk: Alice in Chains tribute, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford. Tickets €13.
June 16 (8pm) Trio Cantare, St Iberius Church, Wexford. A Music for Wexfod concert.
July 21 The Complete Stone Roses, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Aug 4-7 Gorey Market House Festival, Gorey, Co Wexford. https://www.facebook.com/goreymarkethousefestival
Aug 11-13 GAP Arts Festival, Ballythomas, Co Wexford https://gapartsfestival.com
Aug 11 Parklive: Gavin James, Min Ryan Park, Wexford. Tickets €45. https://lantern.ie/event/gavin-james-2/
Aug 25 Hey Pixies - tribute to The Pixies, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Sept 22-24 Write By The Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay, Wexford. https://writebythesea.ie
Sept 22 John Colleary (comedy), Crown Live, Wexford. www.lantern.ie
Oct 21 Absolute Eagles, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford
Oct 24 - Nov 5 Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford town. 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
Nov 17 Chris Kent: Back at it, Crown Live, The Quays, 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.

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, 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.

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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