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Wexford Trad & Folk Trail brings top local acts to Heritage Park

 Wexford Trad Folk Trail

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There will be music in the air at the first ever Wexford Trad & Folk Trail at the Irish National Heritage Park later this month.

Following the resounding success of the first Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend in March, Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas has programmed a family-friendly musical trail at the Heritage Park. Taking place on the afternoon of Sunday, August 25th, it will captivate minds and hearts through 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 this rich mix of music and song on the Trad & Folk Trail 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 Clancy-Corcoran, Alice Wickham McIntyre 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.

Whether planned or impromptu, traditional and folk sessions are great fun and the wealth of performers taking part in this summer treat is a testament to the vibrancy of live music in Wexford today.

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 and carpark will be operational at Wexford Co. Council premises at Carricklawn.

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. Save time by applying in advance as there may be a delay on the day itself. For further information, see www.irishheritage.ie. Wexford Trad & Folk Trail is kindly supported by Wexford County Council, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Creative Ireland and Irish National Heritage Park. We are also grateful to An Garda Síochána, Wexford Civil Defence, John Fowler and Davy Martin for their advice and support.

(Note that this event is weather-dependent.)

 
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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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