Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend
The 2nd Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend takes place Feb 27 – March 1, 2020.
As last year, organisers Craobh Loch Garman, the Wexford town branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, has a jam-packed programme in place.
Co Wexford Traditional Singers will be singing into the small hours Friday night at the wonderfully intimate and always welcoming Mary’s Bar.
Fiddle ace Zoë Conway is back, this time in the company of her partner in life and music, guitarist John McIntyre. The pair have been praised on BBC as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet”. Joining them is fiddle maestro John Sheahan who found fame with super-group The Dubliners.
The sensational singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is one of the hottest properties in Irish folk and trad music right now. His album ‘True Born Irishman’ won him two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer, and Best Traditional Track and he has been described by Donal Lunny as “one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade”. He performs a solo show at Wexford Arts Centre (Sat, Feb 29) and a two-hander early concert at St Iberius Church with Wexford’s much-lauded uilleann piper Mark Redmond (Sun, March 1).
Mick D’Arcy of Corner Boy has a real treat for music lovers looking to end their Saturday night on a musical high. The Festival Hootenanny at The Sky & The Ground will feature a bunch of top-notch singers and musicians from Wexford and beyond.
Peter Browne is the former presenter of RTE Radio 1 programme The Rolling Wave. Peter, who has strong family connections in Wexford, presents a not-to-be-missed talk at Wexford Library on Saturday morning.
Music Generation supported workshops, with some of the top names in trad music, take place at CBS Secondary School Saturday morning. Those attending workshops get free admission to the afternoon Tutors’ Concert at St Iberius Church.