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St Patrick's Weekend Cabaret

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Craobh Loch Garman presents a one-off St Patrick’s Weekend cabaret night at Wexford Arts Centre on Sat, March 18 (8pm). Expect a potent mix of lively music, song and dance mixed through with a generous sprinkling of poetry and storytelling. 

The honour of opening proceedings goes to five very young dancers from Ceoltóirí Munna who will dance, sean nós style, to a hornpipe. Una, Erin, Katie, Sonia and Dawn this is your moment to shine! 

A highlight of the show is sure to be songwriter and guitarist / banjo player Fergal O’Hanlon who will be playing tunes from his forthcoming, and much anticipated, solo album. The organisers are also thrilled to have multiple Fleadh Cheoil winner Amanda Kehoe. Apart from her solo set the popular musician and singer is looking forward to sharing the stage with Fergal for a few tunes. 

One man able to quieten a crowd in seconds with the virtuosity of his banjo and accordion playing is musical heavyweight Davy Roche. While Davy rips through his set the advice to younger players is to look, listen and learn! 

Clonroche uileann piper Éanna Harrington’s set will include a air plus a few jigs and reels. He will be joined, later in the show, by fiddler Alice Wickham, accordion player Barbara Walsh, harpist Una Walsh, guitarist/singer James McIntyre, bodhrán ace Helen McLoughlin, and others. 

Talented young tradsters Skins & Strings have been fine-tuning a set for the occasion. Their Ceoltóirí Munna colleagues Aisling Cadogan and Olivia Walsh will play a short set of tunes for harp, one of which will dovetail with poet Deirdre McGarry’s love of the music of the blind harper Turlough O’ Carolan. 

Two of the county's best loved singers, Paddy Berry and Matt Murphy, have been trawling their songbooks for songs to suit the occasion. 

A curiosity piece will see the An Tobar sean nós dance group give a demonstration in the ‘Clare battering step’. 

Then there is more poetry courtesy of Máire Ní Bhriain, an award-winning Irish-produced short film and a story from celebrated writer Peter Murphy. The Fear an Tí should have his work cut out keeping order on that lot! 

The show starts at 8pm sharp and, with a brief interval, should end around 10.15pm. Adm €10. Tel 053 9123764 https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com

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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.

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