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Friday 6 December 2019

A feast of music at the Phil Murphy Weekend

Musician and actor Patrick Bergin playing with The Dominic Street
Ramblers.
Musician and actor Patrick Bergin playing with The Dominic Street Ramblers.

Padraig Byrne

Celebrating its 28th year this year, each year the Phil Murphy Weekend completely takes over the peaceful and picturesque village of Carrig- on-Bannow. A trip to the village has become a pilgrimage of sorts for many, and the strains of the finest traditional and folk music can be heard from all around.

Taking place over three days, once again this year's festival delivered a fantastic line-up that included Donegal trad legends Altan, former Irish Eurovision entrants Dervish and Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin and his band The Dominic Street Ramblers. Also on the bill were the likes of Green Road, Two Time Polka and, of course, locals the Danescastle Music Group and John and Pip Murphy.

Traditionally, the festival takes place towards the end of July, however, this year, with Wexford still battling it out in the Senior Hurling Championship with a crunch semi-final against Tipp, the decision was taken to delay the festival and it's something that seems to have paid off.

'We had a huge crowd and all concerts were fierce well attended,' said organiser John Murphy. 'In fact, we actually got more people in than we expected, having shifted it from July. It worked out really well and we'd like to thank all the numerous friends of the festival and our sponsors, particularly Sightline Consulting Ltd, for making it such a success.'

Wexford People

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