Monday 14 October 2019

Trad fest for coastal village

Well-known comic Jon Kenny in character for Fair City
Well-known comic Jon Kenny in character for Fair City

The picturesque coastal village of Carrig on Bannow is set to come alive with the sound of some of the finest traditional music the country has to offer this weekend as the 22nd annual Phil Murphy Weekend takes over the village.

Over the years the festival, named after legendary Wexford musician Phil Murphy, has become one of the country's best loved folk and traditional festivals, bringing performers and music lovers from all over the country to the sleepy seaside village.

It has hosted some of the biggest names in the genre in the past, and this year promises to be no different. Folk legend Donal Lunny will take to the stage on Saturday night with Paddy Glackin and fans can expect a trademark live performance which has ensured that Lunny has been on the top of his game for 35 years in the business.

Also on Saturday night, comedian, musician and half of epic comedy duo D'Unbelievables, Jon Kenny will be sure to keep the crowd well entertained as he takes to the stage. Other performances taking place throughout the festival include Frankie Lane, Caladh Nua, The Tin Sandwich Band, The Raw Bar Collective and many more. If that wonderful lineup isn't enough to whet your appetite, there will also be plenty more to capture your attention throughout the festival, such as workshops, sessions, historical tours, Ceilis, Road Races and plenty to keep the little ones occupied. The festival promises to provide a wonderful few days out, both for lovers of traditional and folk music, and those just looking for a day of family fun. For more information, please visit

Get on your dancing shoes and prepared to be entertained as all roads lead to Ballycullane this Saturday night for the annual 'Hooley' at the marquee at Power's Lounge.

Having performed a number of time at Power's in recent years, traditional favourites Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones will once again take to the stage with their electrifying live show that will have everyone dancing.

This year's event takes place in association with The Gathering 2013 and organisers are hoping to welcome people from all over Wexford, Ireland and even further afield.

The evening's entertainment will get underway at around 8 p.m. when the local 'Strictly Club Dancing' stars will take to the floor and show off their moves. After watching from the sides, you may just be in the mood for dancing yourself when Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones take to the stage, giving those in attendance the opportunity to see just why Derek is often regarded as one of the greatest Irish ballad singers.

Also on the night there will be a barbecue and plenty more fun and games to enjoy. If previous years are anything to go by, this event is not one to be missed and it is advised to purchase your tickets in advance, either from Ballycullane Post Office or by calling Mary or Collette on 086 6008050 or 087 9065604.

Artists from all over the world are once again set to descend on a number of locations across County Wexford for Ireland's 6th International Plein Air Painting Festival.

The beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, charming villages and historic monuments which are on offer around County Wexford are a big draw for artists and last year over 100 artists from 12 different countries travelled to the sunny south east to take part.

The list of locations that artists will visit over the eight day festival includes Carne Beach, Ballyhack, Bunclody, Hook Head, Enniscorthy and Wexford Town and the artists will be hoping to do a good job of putting the beauty of the local scenery down on canvas as they compete for over €5,000 in awards.

As well as budding artists, non-participants are also welcomed to come along and see the artists work en plein air and appreciate the creative process at first hand as well as attending the festival exhibition of completed paintings at Greenacres Gallery from Monday, August 5.

A number of workshops from some of the best known and best loved artists in the country will also be on offer throughout the festival and there will also be a number of fringe events to enjoy such as a barbecue, lectures, clinics, picnics, drawing sessions, walking tours and children's events.

This Friday sees the first performance in Wexford Drama Group's run of Wexford man Billy Roche's play 'Belfry'.

Set in 'the queer old whispering world' of a church vestry and belfry, this romantic comedy is about a bell-ringing sacristan, a meek and mild bachelor who falls in love with another man's wife and becomes 'a hawk in the night'.

Artie is the sacristan of the local church. Caring for his elderly mother, he spends most of his time with Father Pat and Dominic the young altar server. However, things change when Angela starts to help with the church flowers and the two begin a soaring affair.

When somebody tells Angela's husband, however, Artie is left to face life without her. 'Belfry' has gone down to massive critical acclaim worldwide as part of Roche's fantastic 'Wexford Trilogy' and Wexford Drama Group are looking forward to taking their representation to the stage in The Dun Mhuire Theatre in Wexford town.

The show will run for five nights between Friday July 26 and Saturday August 3 and tickets are available to purchase from the box office at Wexford Arts Centre at 053 9123764.

Some of the finest Jazz musicians in the country, and indeed the world, will descend on Rosslare this weekend as it holds its first Jazz Festival.

The festival is the brainchild of Patrick Mollitor from Wexford School of Music and Rosemary Hayes from Rosslare development association and will provide a brilliant soundtrack to your weekend by some amazing musicians from all over Ireland and the UK.

Over the weekend, there will be performances from the likes of the award winning, Dublin based, Phil Ware Trio, the finest Jazz musicians Wales has to offer in the form of the Dave Jones Trio and Cuba Libre.

Venues for this weekend of musical magic include Rosslare Golf Club, La Marine Bistro and Bar at Kelly's Hotel, The Cedars Hotel and an open mic night in Redmond's The Bay. For more information on the festival, visit or call 053 9132202.

Wexford People