|WEXFORD GIGS, SHOWS ... LATEST
This weekend there are two quality festivals happening in the county: Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy and Kathleen Browne Festival, Bridgetown. Also keep the last weekend of September free as there two high class festivals to look forward to: the bursting-with-musical-goodness New Ross Piano Festival and the much lauded Write By The Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay.
There's plenty happening at Wexford Library this month including Minimal Waste Living with Niamh from Fairyland Cottage on Sat, Sept 14.
The new school year is up and running and mummies and daddies who want to give their little darlings the very best start in life are busy signing them up for sports, dance, drama, music, chess, coding, pigeon-fancying ... whatever. There is a huge range of activities on offer. The Wexford "What's On" FB page has some of those activities listed.
Traditional Music classes every Friday at the Trad Hub, 7 Slaney St, Wexford (close to Dunnes Stores).
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Open Lens Photo Gallery at Yola Hedge School & Family Centre, Tagoat presents Half A Mile From Home, an exhibition of pix by Tom Dunne.
The Creative Hub, at the Bull Ring Mall, Wexford has loads of interesting arts and crafts by local artists.
Kamera8, Rowe St, Wexford.
The eclectic Blue Egg Gallery is on John's Gate St, Wexford.
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford's biggest gallery space, has DISCOVERPRINT19 featuring the work of four of Ireland’s top printmakers studios.
Jonathan Murphy's gallery Light and Shadow is at 24 Selskar St, Wexford (opposite Spectrum). Those light boxes ...
The Pigyard Gallery is in Selskar, Wexford.
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.
The Arc Cinema in Wexford town is now open for business.
Gorey Cinema - showing a regular stream of top notch opera, ballet, musicals, etc.
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.
Monthly programme of events at Wexford town library.
For latest info on upcoming shows, events and other attractions check out the following sites:
Read Slaney News Online: www.issuu.com/slaneynews
Sept 12-14 (8pm nightly) Bare Cheek Theatre Company with County Wexford Youth Theatre presents "Brainstorm", Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Written by Marnie McCleane-Fay, Ned Glasier and Emily Lim.
Sept 13-15 Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Sept 13,14 Kathleen Browne Festival, Bridgetown, Co Wexford. Live music, talks, readings, vintage displays, pony & trap rides, stalls, theatre, demonstrations (all peaceful!), art. Saturday is jam-packed with activities from early morning to early evening. Bring the family!
Sept 14,15 Sean Nós Singing i nGuaire, Gorey, Co Wexford. Launch session in French's of Gorey @ 4pm on Saturday. Traditional Singing Gathering in Ashdown Park Hotel @ 6.30pm on Saturday with guests Niamh Parsons, Tim Dennehy & Vincent Strunks. Screening of Rachel Uí Fhaoláin's short documentary 'Ár scéal' with light refreshments served @ 7pm. Sean Nós Singing On Board The Gorey Caravan Traditional Singing/Walking/Bus Tour @ 12pm on Sunday followed by closing session in The Bunker Bar.
Sept 14,15 STEEL BANGERS FESTIVAL, Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford. Experience heat and iron as the forges are fired up for the inaugural Steel Bangers Festival. Resident blacksmith Guy will bring his crew of metal workers and steel artists to the Medieval Lodge where they will stoke the forges and tell the story of iron and steel and the role it played in the evolution of settlement on this island. Come and discover the secrets of the anvil and hammer! On Saturday, a bronze-smith will demonstrate how bronze is worked and shaped. On Sunday, a traditional tin-smith will be showing the delicate and fine skill of working tin by hand and hammer. Normal adm prices apply. Use your Wexford Resident's card for great discounts. And if you don't yet have one, get it!
Sept 14 (1.05-2pm) Music for Wexford presents Macdara Ó Seireadáin and Gintaras Januševičius, St Iberius Church, North Main St, Wexford. Programme: Michele Mangani: Blues from An American in Paris; Joseph Horowitz: Sonatina; Bela Kovacs: Sholem-Alekhem Rov Feidman! ; Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Tickets: €14/12 & €5 students.
Sept 14 (8pm) Music Network Autumn Trad Tour, National Opera House, Wexford. Featuring Tara Breen (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp), Josephine Marsh (accordion) and Nell Ní Chróinín (singer). Tickets €17/15. Tel 053 9122144.
Sept 14 Rockabilly Night with The Bellefords, Culleton's of Kilrane, Co Wexford.
Sept 19 (8pm) My Dad's Blind presented by Pan Pan Theatre Co (drama), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Written by Anna Sheils-McNamee. Directed by Gemma Aked-Priestley. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 19 98.30pm) Davy Lyons, Macken's Upstairs, The Bullring, Wexford. Adm €10.
Sept 20 Culture Night - a national celebration of the good, the mad and the juggly of Irish culture. Loads happening across Co Wexford.
Sept 21 (8pm) Ross Browne presents Bojangle, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 25-29 New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford.
Sept 25 (8pm) A Salute to the Crooners, Riverside PArk Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Tickwets €25 from www.getaticket.ie.
Sept 26 (1.05pm) Lunchtime Jazz with Phil Ware Trio, St Mary's Church, New Ross, Co Wexford. Tickets €12 (€5 student). Tickets from St Michael's Theatre.
Sept 26 (8pm) Evening Jazz concert with Gwilym Simcock, St Mary's Church, New Ross, Co Wexford. Tickets €12 (€5 student). Tickets from St Michael's Theatre.
Sept 27-29 Write By The Sea Festival, Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford
Sept 27,28 (8pm nightly) A Love Like That by Billy Roche, Dun Mhuire Theatre, South Main St, Wexford. A bittersweet new play by Billy Roche set in a provincial library on the cusp of its transfer to new premises. Cast: Ellen - Lesley McGuire Lance - Geoff Minogue Aidan - Peter Gowen John-Joe - Lalor Roddy Debbie - Jane McGrath Directed by Andrew Flynn Lighting Ciaran Bagnall Sound Design Carl Kennedy. Tickets from Wexford Arts Centre. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 27 (8.30pm) Between Your Love and Mine - a requiem by Leonard Cohen, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. During a conversation with Leonard Cohen in 2016, John MacKenna broached the possibility of a collaboration on a requiem for stage, in memory of young people who had died. Leonard listened; MacKenna went away and worked on a draft of the project - a requiem Mass for theatre using only Leonard's words and music. Over that summer they collaborated on shaping the final work. In October of 2016 Leonard gave his blessing to the completed script. Two weeks later he died. SOLD OUT. RETURNS ONLY. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 27 (8pm) New Ross Piano Festival Opening Concert, St Mary's Church, New Ross, Co Wexford. Matan Porat performing Brahms Ballades Op. 10 Nos. 1 and 4, Finghin Collins with Elina Vähälä (violin) and Henri Demarquette (cello) performing Clara Schumann Piano Trio, and Barry Douglas performs Tchaikovsky The Seasons. Tickets €26/23 (€10 student). Tickets from St Michael's Theatre.
Sept 28,29 Viking Fire Festival, Wexford Town. Wexford Quayside will host an immersive experience akin to life some 900 years ago. The town will hark back to its roots as the quayside is transformed into a real-life Viking Village. The ancient settlement will be populated all day with a host of re-enactors who will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, fire events, a Viking market, coin striking, a big dig, Viking music and even the chance to participate in some slave trading! This event is free of charge. The Saturday evening will culminate with a Viking parade on the Wexford Quayside with a fire show by renowned group Inferno. They will fuse fire with circus to create a spectacular fire show.
Sept 28 (8pm) Evening Concert, New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford. Daria van den Bercken performs C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in F sharp minor WQ 52 No. 4; Barry Douglas follows with Elina Vähälä (violin), Bruno Pasquier (viola), Henri Demarquette (cello), John Finucane (clarinet), and Frank Lloyd (horn) in Penderecki’s highly individual Sextet, and Finghin Collins presents Schubert’s Sonata in A major D. 959. Tickets €26/23 (€10 student). Tickets from St Michael's Theatre.
Sept 28 (8pm) Crowman by Katie Holly and starring Jon Kenny, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tel 053 9123764.
Sept 29 (3.30pm) Closing Concert, New Ross Piano Festival, New Ross, Co Wexford. Daria van den Bercken and Camerata Ireland with Elina Vähälä (violin), Eimear McGeown (flute) J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major BWV 1050, which is widely regarded as the world’s first ever keyboard concerto); Finghin Collins, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major K. 459 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19. Tickets €26/23 (€10 student). Tickets from St Michael's Theatre.
Sept 30 - Oct 2 Ballroom & Social Dancing Break, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. 3 Nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast; Dinner each evening included,
Gala Dinner on the final evening. Live entertainment each evening- Tommy Carroll Monday 30th Sept, Blue Lace 1st Oct, Jimmy Hogan & Lar Kenny 2nd Oct (Gala Night).
Oct 2 (8pm) KRH Community Group Concert, St Patrick's Church, Rosslare Harbour. Tickets €10. Children free.
Oct 3 (8.30pm) Session Americana, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny." Tickets €15/12. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 4 Blue Light Ball, Talbot Hotel, Wexford. Bubble at 7pm. Tickets €50 Proceeds to Co Wexford Hospice Homecare. Tickets from Wexford Garda Station - Tel 053 9165277.
Oct 4 (8.30pm) Melanie O'Reilly & Trio presents "Jazz on an Autumn Evening", Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. She is joined by her stellar trio, the highly acclaimed Kevin Lawlor - drums, Andrew Csibi -bass, Luke Howard -piano. Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 4 John Power from Cast/the La's Acoustic, Crown Live, Commercial Quay, Wexford.
Oct 5 (8.30pm) Larry Kirwan, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. On this, his annual Irish tour, Larry will be accompanied by two busloads of American and Canadian fans. Tickets €16/14. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 9-13 The Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford.
Oct 10 (8pm) Halcyon Days (theatre), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "... humorous and touching play from Deirdre Kinahan one of Ireland's leading playwrights ... In a Co-Production between Directions Out Theatre Company and The Viking Theatre, starring Bryan Murray (Fair City, Irish RM and Bread) and Una Crawford (Fair City) and directed by Joe Devlin (In Search of Mr B by Brian McAvera and The Kiss by Jimmy Murphy). Tickets €20/18/16.20. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 11-28 Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, The Quays, Wexford.
Oct 11 (8.30pm) Remi Harris (UK), Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. "Remi plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards, improvisations, original compositions and new arrangements of his favourite tunes." ""astonishing stuff" - Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music. Tickets €15/13. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 13 (3pm) Vladimir & Anton - The Violinists, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9123764.
Oct 18-Nov 3 Wexford Fringe Festival, Wexford Town
Oct 22-Nov 1 Wexford Festival Opera, various venues, Wexford town. Tel 053 9122144.
Oct 28-31 (8pm nightly) Hits from the Musicals 2019 with WLOS, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Tickets €22.50 from Opera House. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 8 Parklife - Tribute to Blur, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Nov 9 (8pm) Defending The Caveman (comedy), National Opera House, Wexford. Starring the “hysterically funny” stand-up comedian, Tom O’Mahony. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 9 Cash Returns - the music of Johnny Cash and June Carter, Crown Live, The Quays, Wexford.
Nov 22 (8pm) Wallis Bird New Moon Tour 2019, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25. Presented by Lantern Events. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 23 (8pm) Mary Black and band, National Opera House, Wexford. The band: Bill Shanley - guitars, Pat Crowley - piano and accordion, Nick Scott - Double bass, Richie Buckley - saxophones, Liam Bradley - drums and percussion. Tickets €35. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 29 (7.30pm) Ballet Ireland Presents Swan Lake, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets: €25 / Family €70 / Child €15. Concessions: €20. Tel 053 9122144.
Nov 30 (8pm) The Story Of Swing performed by Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 5 (7.30pm) Handel’s Messiah – Irish Baroque Orchestra, National Opera House, Wexford. Directed by Artistic Director, Peter Whelan and featuring the chorus Sestina with soloists Emma Morwood (soprano), Rachel Kelly (mezzo soprano), Anthony Gregory (tenor) and Edward Grint (bass). Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 6 (8pm) Aslan - Goodbye Charlie Moonhead, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €25. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 7,8 (8pm nightly) Nathan Carter, National Opera House, Wexford. Tickets €33. Tel 053 9122144.
Dec 20 (7pm) An Irish Christmas Nollaig na nGael, St Iberius Church, Wexford with Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas and friends.
Regular "Residency" Gigs in Co. Wexford
(Please contact all venues in advance in case of change in schedule.)
St Brigid's Hall, Clonegal hosts House of Song and Story 3rd Monday of the month (8pm).
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.
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
Holohan's Pub, Enniscorthy - acoustic session
T. Morris, Monck St, Wexford - trad session (9.30pm) - ph 053 9144083
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
Katie Daly's Bar, Gorey - live music
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
Sean Óg’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
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 been 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 Buí, 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
Download (free if you like!): One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali by Derek Gripper
Musician Derek Gripper's acclaimed new album One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali is available for download. Pay what you want.
Wexford Walking Tours
Wexford Walking Tours run informative and entertaining historical tours of Wexford Town all year round. Meet at the Tourist Office on The Quays any day (except Sunday) at 11am; also daily tour (3pm) of Selskar Abbey meeting at An Tobar, Westgate. Tel 053 9175171 / 086 3526133 / 086 1079497. www.wexfordwalkingtours.net
Trax Music Store ... Now Online
Trax Music Store (St Aidan's, Wexford town) now have a virtual shop window via their website www.trax.ie or www.traxmusicstore.com.
Storytelling in Co Wexford
For info on storytelling venues/events in County Wexford see www.storiesfromthehearth.ie.
Beautiful zychadelic pop from Wales? Listen to Jonny now!
Listen to Jonny at www.turnstilemusic.net then download their free ep.
Listen to Villagers now!
Listen to Choice Music nominated Villagers at www.wearevillagers.com. If you like what you hear but the cd. (Note if you like this music you will love Wexford Ian Doyle's much anticipated cd - should be on the shelves in March.)
Listen to James V. McMorrow now!
Listen to Choice Music Prize nominated James V. McMorrow's latest opus at www.jamesvmcmorrow.com then go buy the album. This is beautiful music.
One for lovers of old classical music records
Read books online for free!
Visit www.avidgroup.co.uk for budget price jazz cds
Want to build your jazz/lounge music collection? And do it on a tight budget? Check out www.avidgroup.co.uk
Drama classes for kids age 5 and up. See www.discoveringdrama.com. Tel 087 6858457.
New members welcome. See www.wexfordhillwalkingclub.com
Visit pitchfork.com for latest music reviews
Visit http://pitchfork.com for great music reviews.
The Ballet Academy, Wexford
The Ballet Academy, Westpoint Business Park, Clonard, Wexford. Under the charming and very experienced Dara Pierce students are assured of top class tuition and guidance. Weekly classes for ages 3-18 years. Tel 087 9871793. http://theballetacademy.ie
Irish Music Blog - www.nialler9.com
One for World music completists: http://folkmusicsmb.blogspot.com
The Story of Roky Erickson
Read about an album getting rave reviews in America and read the sad story of the guy behind it, Roky Erickson. Then go visit one of the sites streaming the hypnotic track Goodbye Sweet Dreams.
Roky Erickson Website
Get on the South Wexford Craft Trail
Want to see a different side to Wexford, one of quite industriousness? Get your hands on a guide to the South Wexford Craft Trail. This is a collaborative project involving ten nationally-known crafts men and women living locally – some native to the area, others drawn to this unique and inspiring region from elsewhere in Ireland. Sponsored by Wexford County Enterprise Board and the Crafts Council of Ireland this attractive Trail Guide takes the traveller through the rich and pastoral South Wexford countryside, with the sea shore never far away, on a tour of small-scale studios where visitors are warmly welcomed by their owners. The South Wexford Craft Trail was conceived with the aim of creating an opportunity to ‘meet the makers’ behind these successful enterprises, those who have made South Wexford the hotbed of creativity it is today. Further info: Patricia Howard Cowley. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
SXSW - Intro/Promo pack with hundreds of tracks
Good English website dealing in Americana
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
NY Times "Annual Year in Ideas"
The NY Times Magazine looks back on the past year from its favored perch: ideas. They have searched out "noteworthy notions of 2009 — the twigs and sticks and shiny paper scraps of human ingenuity ... the most clever, important, silly and just plain weird innovations ... from all corners of the thinking world".
Listen to connected.ie's online radio.
www.connected.ie online radio
Treasure trove of old African music (RSS - streaming)
Blog with some tasty African tracks from the vaults.
Bluegrass Sessions in Dublin
For anyone heading to Dublin for a weekend there is regular old time American country and bluegrass provided by Bill Whelan and friends at The Cobblestone, Smithfield Square every Saturday from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Also the 2RN String band perform on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm in J. McNeill’s Bar, Capel Street, Dublin.
saggyrecordcabinet.blogspot - another one for lovers of old time American country and bluegrass
Rural TV on Sky 279
Checkout Sky channel - 279 for ‘Rural TV’ - broadcasting for 24 hours a day, is an American station with a mixture of programmes on farming, cowboy culture, tractor racing and - here’s the interesting bit - Country Music. ‘Bluegrass & Backwoods’ is a daily show about Kentucky- horses, making dulcimers and Bluegrass music. ‘Country Gathering Reunion’ features around 20 old Country singers sitting around talking about the 'Good Old Days Of Country' whilst ‘Gospel Gathering’ is pure Gospel Bluegrass with many excellent groups. Porter Wagoner & Wilburn Bros TV shows from the 1960's and early 70's are repeated throughout the week. ‘Pop Goes Country’ features Ralph Emery and an array of 1970s country. There’s also the Marty Stuart Show with Earl Scruggs, Rhonda Vincent, Leroy Troy and Nashville Mafia Jug Band with Eddie Stubbs as MC.
Wexford Libraries - loads going on!
Check out the Wexford Libraries website to see what is happening at your local library. They have a busy schedule in place: Wexford Libraries Website
Listen online to some classy flat-pickin'
Flatpicking Guitar Online
grapewrath.blogspot.com - great for folk/bluegrass/old time
croz.fm - one for music completists
Rainy day online activities for kids with weansworld.org
Here's a nice little website which should keep the children occupied in their idle moments. There are games, jigsaws, pictures to colour in, and stories including a good five part cartoon adventure about Cúchulainn. http://www.weansworld.org/
See Wexford in 2min 55secs with music by the Submersibles
Definitely something in the water in Wexford these days. See how it's affected Andi McGarry and his compadres: Speedy Ramble through Wexford landscape with music by the Submersibles
Neil Young Live in Concert 1968
It's 1968 and Neil Young is about to release his self-titled debut solo album. Here he is in front of a full house (to his surprise!) playing some of the songs that would go on to make him a household favorite. Even though that was40 years ago the recording has only now been made available. Hear it here in its entirety. North Carolina Public Radio"
The latest happenings on the Irish music scene ... Hotpress
Skip James sings Worried Blues (YouTube)
Classic video recording of Skip James singing Worried Blues.
Kristin Hersh, LIVE - free downloads
If you like Kristin Hersh visit this site where, with the blessing of the former Throwing Muses woman herself, you can download, in various formats, live tracks. If you like what you hear, you are welcome to make a donation at the kristinhersh.com tip jar.
check out www.bluehighwaystv.com
www.bluehighwaystv.com is an excellent source of music and information. It's the only TV network available today that holds a deep connection and commitment to bluegrass and roots music. From bluegrass and folk to gospel and blues, BlueHighways TV states it has always remained true to all facets of this great musical genre. Their programming showcases the artists and venues that have helped to fuel the passion of roots music fans throughout the world
Listen! Music while you work - Josh Ritter
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter - full album streaming
Listen! Music while you work - IMC
Improvised Music Company's online music player (12 tracks). Style: World, jazz, alternative.
Wonderful slide show from The New York Times
Check out this lovely slide show from The New Tork Times with the title Faces Of Africa.
SOUTH EAST LIVE ... KILKENNY, WATERFORD, TIPP, CARLOW, WICKLOW
All the action is not necessarily going down in Wexford. See what's happening in the neighbouring counties.
Munster Express Weekly Ents Page for Waterford
Munster Express Arts Guide
Waterford Today Guide
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Whazon Guide to Kilkenny
Carlow's Eigse Festival
Tinahely Arts Centre
Mermaid Arts Centre
New Music Club, Clonmel
1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival Video
Extract from the 1965 Fincastle Bluegrass Festival featuring some beautiful old time playing and singing. Approx 9 mins long.
See old-time music film footage on the web
Check out folkstreams.net where you can watch short extracts from the various Alan Lomax (and others) documentaries and films that include footage of old time musicians etc.
Fantastic Bluegrass Documentary with Music
What a find! If you have broadband check out www.madisoncountyproject.org and go for one of the videos under Video Builds on the right. 25 minute video of (mainly) singing traditions in Madison County, North Carolina, with input from
Sheila Kay Adams and various other singers plus interviews with (and film clips from) John Cohen [of the original New Lost City Ramblers - Tom Paley who plays Wexford Hooves 'n' Grooves Festival was also a member].
Thanks to Richard Hawkins of Bluegrass Ireland for bringing this to our attention.
Alan Lomax Archive Launched on the Web
The Alan Lomax Archive is pleased to announce the culmination of its seven-year effort to preserve and disseminate the work of one of the 20th century’s foremost folklorists and musicologists, Alan Lomax. Lomax recorded and nurtured the careers of Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and other legends; his recordings of many more obscure artists have been featured in works such as O Brother Where Art Thou?. Alan Lomax believed in a principle he called “cultural equity,” the need for all cultures to be equally represented in the media and in the classroom. Through years of comparative research on folk song style, he drew a convincing parallel between natural and cultural ecology which underscores the importance of preserving our intangible oral heritage. Alan Lomax believed it was imperative to return traditions to their home sources and artists, a strategy he called “cultural feedback.” In that spirit, on April 22, 2005 The Alan Lomax Database will go online; also, over the next ten months, the Association for Cultural Equity, which administers the Alan Lomax Archive, will send digital copies of audio and video recordings and photographs by Alan Lomax to a number of libraries and archives in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe so that they will be available locally to people in or from the regions in which they were originally made. The Alan Lomax Database, www.lomaxarchive.com, is a multimedia catalogue of the audio and video recordings and photographs made by Alan Lomax from 1946–1994, as well as of recordings made by few of his colleagues. It will also ultimately include some of the older collections of audio recordings made by Lomax on behalf of the Library of Congress, which have been transferred and remastered using cutting-edge technology. Developed and built by personnel and consultants of the Alan Lomax Archive, the Database features 25 collections and thousands of recordings, which have been preserved, digitized, and cataloged over the past several years with funds from the Rock, Concordia, Rockefeller, Richmond, and Grammy foundations, the Save America’s Treasures Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. The Alan Lomax Collection on Rounder Records is a multi-series, 100+ CD collection of folk music and narrative drawn from Alan Lomax’s international field recordings. For more information go to www.rounder.com/series/lomax_alan/
Great American Festivals - Great Holiday Idea!
'Music Heritage Trails in America's Southern Highlands' organises holidays based around top American festivals. Co-ordinated by American and Worldwide Travel of Tunbridge Wells as well as organising a package to MerleFest in April, there are various very attractive offers being put together which will take in a string of other festivals such as the Ralph Stanley Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Smith Ridge, Virginia in May; Wayne C. Henderson's Music Festival (Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia) in June; Asheville's Mountain Dance & Folk Music Festival, and Doc Watson Music Festival (both in North Carolina) in July; Carter Family Memorial Festival and Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention (both Virginia) in August; Music In The Mountains Festival, in North Carolina in September; and Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (Virginia) in October. Each itinerary has been planned to present as much of the rich character and musical heritage of the region to visitors, so there are daily trips to important places such as The Carter Fold and A.P. Carter Museum as well as chances to attend local hoe-downs and opportunities to meet sparkling personalities such as banjo picker extraordinaire, Raymond Fairchild at his Maggie Valley Opry. Beautifully illustrated brochures have been produced giving full details of the various packages and can be obtained by e-mail: email@example.com or by phoning to 01892 511894.
Join the Music Maker Association!
The Music Maker Association supports independent songwriters, performers and record labels with a number of initiatives from internet and magazine publicity to live performances through showcases, festivals and CD distribution? Their website has a selection of members CDs with audio tracks, a Directory of Performers, Clubs, and Businesses, an on-line store and Web Radio. Log onto www.tradmusic.net visit some of their associated sites and consider becoming a member so that they can help to promote your music. Also under the Music Maker banner is The Independents CD Catalogue – so if you have produced a CD and have no distributor then this could be the answer for you. The printed catalogue is mailed to CD buyers and record stores together with a compilation disc and followed up by personal calls. The catalogue is also on line and achieves sales world wide. To view the catalogue click on the ‘On-Line Store’ logo on www.tradmusic.net As a member of the MMA you can have a page profile on the web free of charge, or they can register your own address and design a website with audio linked to the Music Maker Web which gets thousands of visitors every month telephone 0207 424-0027 or visit www.magnet-publishing.co.uk
Links to a selection of recommended sites
Here's a few from that list:
Whitford House Hotel
North Wexford Tourism
Gorey Little Theatre
Wexford Language School