Wexford Festival Opera and the National Opera House will present an online performance of the final concert by the singers of the WEXFORD FACTORY, a young artist development programme for young Irish/Irish-based singers which is currently under way in the run up to the Festival which opens on Sunday 11 October.
Dark Wood Dark Water is an atmospheric horror fantasy book targeted to a younger audience set in a town that was admittedly somewhat reminiscent of the town of New Ross upon my own reading (from days spent near the river on my way to school and being told the swans ate anyone who fell in).
Every now and then there comes along an act that is quirky enough to grab your attention, commercial enough for their material to remain with you long after the music has ended, and authentic enough to gain credibility from across an eclectic mix of fans.
Sitting down to interview a man about his life as a novelist, about two books he wrote more than seven years ago, when he's just released a new album, a piece of music receiving rave reviews wherever it goes, may seem ill-judged, perhaps poorly timed.
In its 60-year history, 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' has been to the top of the charts in the US, UK, Ireland and many other countries, and seen cover versions from a wide range of artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, sixties star Connie Francis, US rock band Devo and German punks Die Toten Hosen.
Wexford County Council and Pembrokeshire County Council in Wales have announced that Wexford artist David Begley and Welsh artist Fern Thomas have been awarded two-year residencies as part of a joint arts, heritage and tourism project called Ancient Connections linking North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford.
Saturday: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) BBC One, 10.20pm - Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is abducted from Earth as a child and raised by alien mercenaries. Consequently, he becomes a thief for hire and steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army.
Saturday: Spartacus (1960) ITV4, 4pm - Stanley Kubrick's epic about Roman slaves in revolt won four Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor for Peter Ustinov. He joins an all-star cast including Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton and Jean Simmons.
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