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Sunday 22 September 2019

Trad & Folk Trail proves a hit at Heritage Park

The Wexford Sea Shanty Singers performing at the Heritage and Traditional day at the Irish National Heritage Park
The Wexford Sea Shanty Singers performing at the Heritage and Traditional day at the Irish National Heritage Park

Padraig Byrne

The sounds of some top quality trad and folk music echoed around the beautiful surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park as it hosted the first ever Wexford Trad & Folk Trail.

Organised by Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas, the trail showcased the diversity of the county's traditional musical heritage in one of the South East's most historically significant locations.

For an entire afternoon, over 140 musicians, dancers and singers performed on seven stages scattered across the 40-acre Heritage Park.

Corner Boy's Mick D'Arcy and Senan O'Reilly assembled a line up of the cream of Wexford traditional and folk music to help visitors to the Park tread through centuries of Irish history.

Among the acts from the Fulacht Fiadh to the Ringfort and the Monastery to the Crannóg were the Wexford Folk Orchestra, Alice Wickham McIntyre and James McIntyre, the Wild Turkeys, Wexford Pipers Club, Ceoltori Munna, Danecastle Music Group, Basciville and The Man Whom.

Visitors, availing of the free Park & Ride on offer and the sweltering weather, flocked to the Park and were rewarded with the thrill of live performances in every nook and cranny of the very music which has soundtracked Irish history.

While offering a rare chance to enjoy a feast of song and dance in an historic setting, the occasion also provided an excellent platform for the next generation of emerging musicians with a singing workshop staged by Music Generation Wexford.

Wexford People

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