Wexford Trad & Folk Trail

Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford

Wexford can look forward to one last day out before the Summer holidays come to an end with the announcement of the inaugural Wexford Trad & Folk Trail at the Irish National Heritage Park. This family-friendly event, which takes place on the afternoon (2-6pm) of Sunday, August 25th, will captivate minds and hearts through a lively mix of music, song and dance. The Trad & Folk Trail combines the experience of treading through centuries of Irish history with the thrill of live performances of the music which has soundtracked that journey. Live performance is at the heart and soul of Irish music and every minute of a packed 4 hour programme at the Heritage Park will feature some of the best performers in Wexford. While offering a rare chance to enjoy a feast of song and dance in an historic setting, the occasion will also provide a platform for the next generation of emerging musicians.

Sites scattered through the 40 acre park, including the early Christian wooden ringfort and the pre-historic stone circle, will host over 20 performances by household names such as Wexford Folk Orchestra, The Man Whom, Corner Boy’s Mick D’Arcy, Basciville, The Wild Turkeys, Wexford Pipers Club and many more.

Each of the seven stages in the stunningly beautiful parkland, including the monastery, crannóg, viking boat yard and restaurant terrace, will present close-up sessions of music, singing and sean nós dance.

The stellar line-up includes Danecastle Music Group; Pádraig Sinnott & Never Heard of Them; Bladderack; Wexford Sea Shanty Singers; Zeff’s Open Mic Session; Nora Kavanagh Trio; Craobh Loch Garman; Castlebridge Folk Singers; The Reville Family; Co. Wexford Traditional Singers; Ann Marie Corcoran, Alice Wickham and James McIntyre; Ceoltóirí Munna; Ciara O’Grady Sean Nós Dancers; Callum Orr; Cuckoo’s Nest; Ballyoughter Dancers; Máire Ní Bhriain.

Organised by Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas, the Trad & Folk Trail will showcase the diversity of our musical heritage in one of the South East’s most historically significant locations. At the site of Ireland’s first Viking settlement, music-lovers can expect fruitful collaborations from some of the county’s top trad, folk and contemporary musicians.

The Wexford Trad & Folk Trail starts at 2 p.m. on August 25th , concluding four hours later with a special, not to be missed finale. Park and Ride is a simple but effective way to reduce traffic congestion at the Heritage Park, and a free bus will be operational between the carpark at Wexford Co. Council’s premises at Carricklawn and the park.

The Wexford Resident’s Reward Card, which is available on request to those living in Wexford from the Heritage Park, entitles a family of two adults and three children to a reduced admission fee of E10 for the event, and E5 for individual adults. For further information, contact www.irishheritage.ie

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