Comhaltas Cabaret Gets The Mix Just Right


The Wexford town branch of Comhaltas, Craobh Loch Garman, presented a unique St Patrick’s Weekend event to a packed house at Wexford Arts Centre last Saturday. The Comhaltas Cabaret brought together some of the county’s top traditional musicians, singers and dancers along with poets and storytellers. The evening was about nothing less than showcasing the wealth of traditional arts talent, at all ages, present in our local communities.  Keep reading!

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A Storyteller at the height of his powers

The practise of storytelling is as old as mankind. The way we tell our stories now, in this time of mass communication, may have changed. However, the art of good storytelling is still as vital as ever.

Len Graham is a storyteller and a singer in the Ulster tradition. Keep reading!

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County Wexford Youth Orchestra at NCH

County Wexford Youth Orchestra travelled to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on 11th February for the 22nd Festival of Youth Orchestras. This is an annual gathering of some of the top youth orchestras in the country. CWYO was one of eight such groups given the opportunity to perform at this year’s event. The group was one of four orchestras performing in the second of two concerts presented over the course of the day. Each and every one of the musicians appreciated the fact that they were performing on one the biggest stages in the country before a critically appreciative audience. Keep reading!

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Schaerer’s extravagant and exhuberant style pays off


The Big Wig: Andreas Schaerer
Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy (CD/DVD)
Label: ACT Music

The Lucerne Festival Academy was founded by the great French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). Andreas Schaerer, a huge fan of Boulez, was a regular attendee at the Academy’s highly regarded Summer School for talented young musicians. When the Academy commissioned him to compose a new work in 2014 he jumped at the opportunity. It took Schaerer five months, locked away in his studio, to come up with the six movements that make up The Big Wig. Keep reading!

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Herskedal’s Arabian Rhapsody

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The Roc – Daniel Herskedal (Edition Records)

I have listened to this album over and over. As I have listened, I have sat with pen poised, ready to note down those comments which, painstakingly distilled, would lead to a peerless review. 10 tracks. 49 minutes. Nothing to it. Every time I have forgotten pen and paper and become enmeshed in a trance-inducing weave of quiet aural magic. Keep reading!

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St Brigid’s Day

The Christian Feast of St. Brigid, Lá Fhéile Bríde, is traditionally celebrated on February 1st. Many churches and holy wells in the Ferns Diocese are associated with this saint. In Pre-Christian times this was the season of Imbolc, a festival which celebrated the beginning of spring. It is thought by some that Imbolc, meant ‘in the belly’, a time when sheep began to lactate and their udders filled and the grass began to grow again. Keep reading!

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Lá Fhéile Bríde

Joe Bonner as Dobhar Íochtarach i nGaoth Dobhair ag déanamh crosóg Bhríde. Job Bonner from Dobhar Íochtarach, Gaoth Dobhair in West Donegal making a Saint Bridget's cross.

Joe Bonner as Dobhar Íochtarach i nGaoth Dobhair ag déanamh crosóg Bhríde. (Seán Ó Dómhnaill – www.flickr.com/people/an_solas)

Titeann Lá Féile Bríde ar an gcéad lá d’Fheabhra gach bliain. Ar an lá seo samoinímid ar Naomh Bríd, foghlaimíonn daltaí scoile faoin bpearsa stairiúil seo agus ar ndóigh, déantar croiseanna Bríde i scoileanna agus i dtithe ar fud na tíre.

Is cuid lárnach de stair, de chreideamh agus de chultúr na tíre í Naomh Bríd. Fan ag léamh!

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