The Mayor of Wexford, Cllr George Lawlor, launched the 2nd annual Wexford Trad & Folk Festival in Wexford Library tonight and commended Comhaltás Ceoltoirí Éireann craobh Loch Garman for fostering traditional music and culture over a long number of years.
Mayor Lawlor said the festival was a spoke in the wheel to bring Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Wexford in 2022 which has the potential to bring 700,000 people to the town for a week.
The festival begins with the Leinster launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge at Wexford County Council Headquarters at 7 pm on Friday evening. Then the main event happens in the Jerome Hynes Theatre at the National Opera House featuring Zoé Conway and John McIntyre with special guest John Sheahan of the Dubliners. Curtains up at 8 pm.
A list of workshops is planned for Saturday and an interesting attraction at 11 am is John Sheahan from the Dubliners and novelist Dermot Bolger in conversation at Greenacres Gallery, Selskar.
The Tutors Concert in St. Iberius Church, North Main St., is worth a visit (2 pm) and at 4 pm in Wexford Arts Centre Traditional Song and Folklore in Ireland features Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, fresh from appearing with Maura and Daithí on Today (Wednesday), in an hour-long event combining live performances with an audio-visual presentation. This event is free admission.
The major event on Saturday night is Daoirí Farrell in Wexford Arts Centre at 8.30 pm. The Festival Hootenanny is a late-night session in The Sky and the Ground, South Main Steet, and again there is free admission.
Sunday sees The Big Session in the Centenary Stores at 1 pm and the Farewell Concert has a 3 o’clock start in St. Iberius Church. Featured artists are Gorey’s uileann piper Mark Redmond, who recently played the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and Daoirí Farrell, singer and bouzouki. Tickets are €12/€5 for a child and can be booked at Wexford Arts Centre (053 9123764). www.wexfordartscentre.ie