Sunday 22 October 2017

All roads will lead to Bannow for Phil Murphy Weekend

By David tucker

Above: at the launch of the 25th Phil Murphy Weekend in The Red Door Cafe, Carrig-On-Bannow (from left) back - Nicola Howlin, Pip Breen, Marie Carty,Tom Donoghue who launched the festival, Martha Torpey, Sean Stafford and Catherine Comer; front - Ryan Stafford, Nicola Hayes, Tanya Murphy and Jessica Martin. INSETS, left, Sharon Shannon; right, Tommy Emmanuel.

All roads will lead to Carrig-on-Bannow on July 20-24 for the 25th Phil Murphy Weekend festival.

Headline acts this year will be Tommy Emmanuel and Sharon Shannon, who will perform at the finale concert.

The programme of events for this year's festival was launched last Thursday night at the Red Door, in Carrig-on-Bannow.

Long serving friend of the festival and Master of Ceremonies on the night was Tom Donoghue.

He spoke of how Phil Murphy's legacy has evolved through the years and how the festival has become such an established event in the music calendar in Ireland and of the history of music in the parish of Bannow and surrounding areas, specifically mentioning the talent which is in abundance with the Danescastle Music Group.

The much-anticipated event yet again presents a line-up of tremendous quality with something for everyone throughout the weekend.

Headline acts for the festival this year are Tommy Emmanuel and Sharon Shannon.

The 25th Phil Murphy Weekend will be officially opened in Carrig-on-Bannow Community Centre at 8pm on July 20.

The Launch of the annual parish journal will also take place with a wine and cheese reception. There will be an exhibition of art and photographs by local artists, and music provided by the Danescastle Music Group.

With this year being the year of the 1916 commemoration, Thursday's events will be dedicated to celebrating that through music, song and dance. The Danescastle Music Group will take to the stage to perform the popular '1916 Comóradh' after great success in the National Opera House earlier in the year.

Following that, a group of well-known Traditional Singers will capture their audience with new compositions on the 1916 Rising. 'The Song Project' devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert, features Wexford singers Paddy Berry and Paul O' Reilly as well as other respected singers from Dublin, Galway and Tipperary.

The finale concert this year proves to be a great ending to what has been an amazing 25 years of the festival with the return of the Sharon Shannon and her band to the stage.

Check Facebook for all details and updates. To book tickets call the box office on 085 7740751

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