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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Musicians prepare to push the boat out at Heritage Festival

NEW ATTRACTIONS ADDED FOR FESTIVAL IN NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK

PADRAIG BYRNE

TIME IS ticking down in preparation for the Heritage Festival at the Irish National Heritage Park on June 30. With just over a week left to go, the final touches are being put towards a schedule that promises to be jam packed with musical and literary delights. The bill boasts such heavyweights of the Irish music scene as Mick Flannery, Jerry Fish and Declan O'Rourke, as well as literary legends like John Banville and Billy Roche.

Those attending the festival will be delighted to hear that a new stage and a series of new activities have also been planned for the day. In addition to to the four other stages at the Crannóg Island, the Ring Fort, the Stone Circle and the main stage at the early Christian settlement, acts will be dropping anchor and performing on a viking boat beside the shore, overlooking the beautiful river Slaney.

The new stage promises to host some fantastic intimate performances and organisers Ennis Promotions are now giving a few lucky people the opportunity to make it even more intimate, with a competition on their facebook page to win passes to be on the boat with the likes of Mick Flannery, Duke Special and Cathy Davey while they're performing! For more details on the competition check out the Ennis Promotions Facebook page.

If, for some reason, the music and literature on offer is not enough to keep your attention, those attending the festival will also be given the opportunity to have a go at defending a castle at the new archery range at the Heritage Park.

There will also be a number of Viking costumes at the park on the day with a photographer on hand to snap you and your friends, giving you the perfect opportunity to grab that new original facebook profile pic!

Parents are also being catered for too, and while the concert is going on at the main stage, the little ones will be kept busy by Wexford Arts Centre's 'Little Artist's Club', creating their own Viking masterpieces while mum and dad enjoy the show, which promises to be something special.

House band, Gavin Glass & The Tourettes, which includes Enniscorthy blues maestro Clive Barnes, will play some of Gavin's eagerly anticpated solo material on the main stage from 6:30 p.m. before being joined by each of the main performers from during the day to play a cover, an original and then passing the spotlight to the next performer.

When each performer has done a couple of songs with the band, they will all be united on stage as a 'supergroup' performing a range of covers which I'm told include hits from The Band and Bob Dylan.

There are still a small number of tickets available for this unique festival, but they are selling fast and are on sale from Whites for Music, Wexford Arts Centre and Ticketmaster. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day, operating from Redmond Square to the Heritage Park, with a 'park and ride' facility available at Wexford County Council Offices.

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