Monday 19 August 2019

Dolores Keane to headline 21st Phil Murphy Weekend

A VIBRANT mix of different music genres is on the cards this weekend in the village of Carrig-on-Bannow in South Wexford.

The renowned Phil Murphy Weekend is now in its 21st year. To mark this especially important birthday one of Ireland's most successful songstresses, Dolores Keane, will headline the event.

Known the world over for her melodic voice, the founding member of Dé Dannan will is sure to attract a huge crowd to the festival which is to officially opened on Thursday, 26 July.

Local T.D. Mick Wallace will officially open the festival at a reception in the Carrig-onBannow Community Centre on Thursday, 26 July, at 8p.m. The launch of the parish journal will also take place at this time, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

It is hoped that the wine from the night before wont deter too many from the 12km 'Trip to Cullenstown' Road Race the following day. A discounted entrance fee of €10 applies to those who register online for the race at Alternatively, registration on the day costs €15. There is a total prize fund of €1000.

That evening the concert series will get off to a dazzling start with one of the most loved interpreters of Irish song, Dolores Keane. It is expected that a large crowd will gather at the Carrig-on-Bannow Community Centre to enjoy a rendition of 'Caledonia' by the woman who is described as 'the queen of the soul of Ireland'.

Afterwards, dancing shoes will be at the ready for the hotly anticipated The Phil Murphy Weekend's 21st Birthday Party!

Female led bluegrass band, Wookality, are set to headline this event. The band, who are described as having an 'olde-timey feel with a young-timey appeal', are set to travel all the way from County Down to play at the festival.

Meanwhile fans of traditional polkas and slides are in for a real treat as free sessions will take place at all three pubs in the village; Colfers', Breens' Inn and Doyles' Bar.

In keeping with tradition the annual O'Riada mass will be sung at the local church by the Rathangan Choir before a host of critically acclaimed performers take to the stage at Colfers.

A special marquee has been erected at Colfers for the occasion. First to go on stage will be the trio of Jackie Daly (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle) and Paul de Grae will demonstrate their distinctive style of playing when they deliver a special repertoire of tunes at Colfers on Saturday. Afterwards, Donal Clancy, son of the late Liam Clancy, will perform at the same venue.

A show named 'Folk the Recession' will provide a brilliant mix of music and comedy at Sunday night's concert. Five of Ireland's leading folk musicians have come together to collectively turn their noses up at the current financial crisis. Eleanor Shanley, Seamus Begley, Mick Hanley, Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly bring a lively mix of Folk, Traditional, Gospel, Gossip and God knows what else with their appropriately titled show. This show is thought to be one of the stand out gigs of the weekend.

Aside from the fantastic array of performers who are set to entertain over the weekend, it is hoped that people will bring along their own instruments and participate in some of the workshops planned for the weekend.

For further details on all of the events email or alternatively, phone John Murphy on 051-561159.

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