The village of Carrig-on-Bannow is once again getting set for a massive influx of visitors as the 22nd annual Phil Murphy Weekend kicks off from Thursday.
The festival, celebrating everything that is traditional and folk music, comprises of a mixture of concerts, sessions, festival clubs, workshops, historical tours, ceilís and children's entertainment and has grown to become one of the most popular of its kind in the region.
The fun kicks off on Thursday, when TV personality and chef Richard Corrigan officially declares the festival open in the Community Centre at 8 p.m. Bernard Browne will also launch the annual parish journal with a cheese and wine reception and an exhibition of Fred Curtis Crystal, and an art exhibition by Siobhan Doyle will also take place.
Friday sees the return of the 12km 'Trip to Cullenstown' road race, which will give runners a chance to enjoy the scenic route around the historic village, and also the concert series will get off to a dazzling start with The Best of Wexford Concert in the Community Centre featuring some of the county's most talented musicians and singers. Also taking to the stage on Friday night are trad band Caladh Nua, who have developed quite a fanbase in the area through their wonderful past performances at the festival.
Saturday's line-up promises to bring in the most visitors as the legendary Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin take to the stage in the Community Centre at 8 p.m. Lunny has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for 35 years and, with the wonderful fiddle playing of Glackin, it promises to be a performance not to be missed.
Also performing on the Saturday night will be The Tin-Sandwich Band and one of Ireland's best loved comedians, and half of comedy duo D'Unbelievables, Jon Kenny, who is sure to have the crowd in stitches.
Bringing the festival to a close on Sunday will be performances from the Raw Bar Collective with special guests on the night. All-Ireland champions The Three Bs will also be performing some of their lively music and song on the night, as well as a taste of Ireland's newest hard-driving bluegrass band, Hard Station.
As well as all these wonderful performances, there will also be a number of tutorials throughout the course of the weekend along with a vast array of other entertainments. For more visit philmurphyweekend.com.