Saturday 17 August 2019

Phil Murphy to be remembered in annual weekend festival

By amy lewis

The sleepy village of Carrig-on-Bannow will spring to life once more as the 24th Annual Phil Murphy weekend begins.

Music-lovers and session-seekers are expected to arrive in their droves on July 23 to celebrate the life of highly-acclaimed trad musician, Phil Murphy.

The Phil Murphy weekend is widely-regarded as the best trad and folk event in the Wexford calendar. With a host of new additions added to the schedule for this year, it is fair to say that this could be one of the biggest yet.

The event kicks off on Thursday, with an official opening hosted by songwriter Greg French and Irish Eurovision representative Molly Sterling in the community centre. Local artists will add some colour to the evening with a delightful display of their work, which can be enjoyed by guests as they help themselves to some cheese and wine. At 10pm, The Tin Sandwich Band will play a free gig in Colfers to finish off the night.

On Friday, visitors and locals alike will pound the pavements for 'The Trip to Cullenstown' 6km Road Race. The race, which is sponsored by Tom Moran Car Sales, has been taking place for several years and always proves a big favourite amongst young and old alike. Registration costs €10 by phone or €15 on the day for any last minute participants. For those who still have the energy, Molly Sterling and Greg French will play a very special set as part of Colfer's Festival Club at 10pm, complete with some surprise guests.

Saturday afternoon will see workshops take place, giving visitors the opportunity to try out a wide variety of instruments, from the fiddle to the guitar. All workshops cost €12 each or €30 for three. The music won't stop there; a host of talent will take to the stage throughout the afternoon and well into the night. At 4pm, Wexford Pipers will perform a free show in Colfer's marquee, while The Tritones and Frankie Lane will wow the crowds at 10pm. However, it is the concert in the Church at 8.30pm that is set to be a highlight when the legendary Kilfenore Ceili Band take to the stage.

'Audiences can expect a spectacular show, complete with dancers and singers,' said John Murphy, son of Phil and organiser of the event.

The festivities will continue on Sunday, with a ceili in the community centre from 3pm to 6pm that is guaranteed to get toes tapping. Later on, local band of the moment Corner Boy will play alongside Squawkabout. The weekend will draw to a close with another fantastic Church performance by Finbar Furey and Temple Michael Ceili Band.

Ticket prices vary, with some events free of charge. To book visit

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