In­tent on show of lo­cal tal­ent

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

The Wex­ford Spiegel­tent Fes­ti­val is de­vot­ing a night to young Wex­ford tal­ent with a con­cert fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians, singers and song­writ­ers on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 16 at 8pm.

De­spite the youth­ful age pro­file of the per­form­ers, the gig is con­fined to over 16’s and 16 and 17-year olds must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Among the acts will be Luke Jack­son who be­gan re­hearsals with a new ses­sion band and launched him­self as JaX­son in Jan­uary of this year. He played his first shows in Whe­lans, The Work­man’s Club and The Bow­ery and im­pressed mu­sic in­dus­try per­son­nel along the way. He also won ap­proval at the Water­ford Har­vest Fes­ti­val where he was named as one to watch.

He will take to the stage at the Canala­phonic Fes­ti­val in Dublin in late Sepem­ber and is plan­ning a big show for the Spiegel­tent Fes­ti­val. is the brain­child of Wex­ford singer-song­writer Luke Jack­son.

Jax­son is re­leas­ing his an­tic­i­pated de­but sin­gle ‘All I’m Fight­ing For’ in Oc­to­ber. It was recorded and mixed by the the pro­ducer Dar­ragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa Stu­dios in Gorey.

Niall Cash is a Wex­ford singer-song­writer cur­rently study­ing song­writ­ing at BIMM mu­sic col­lege in Dublin. He was nom­i­nated as ‘Best Solo Male Act 2015’ in the Pure M Awards and has been play­ing venues such as the But­ton Fac­tory, Whe­lans, The Work­mans Club, the Ruby Ses­sions and the Bello Bar and he fea­tured at this year’s Electric Pic­nic.

With a band be­hind him for his de­but EP he de­vel­oped his mu­sic into a folk/pop sound un­der the in­flu­ences of James Bay, Ben Howard and The Coronas.

The EP called ‘Frames Have Cracked’ was re­leased in May 2016 and peaked at num­ber one in the Ir­ish singer-song­writer charts on iTunes.

Five piece Wex­ford Indie rock band Fit For Kings will also be ap­pear­ing at the Wex­ford Artists event in the Spiegelt­gent.

In­flu­enced by bands in­clud­ing 21 Pilots and The 1975, Fit For Kings have honed their sound with catchy melodies and en­er­getic live per­for­mances. Since form­ing, they have been on nu­mer­ous Ir­ish ra­dio playlists and re­ceived ac­co­lades such as 98FM’s Artist of the Week se­lec­tion.

Also in the line-up will be Me­gan-Kate Doolan, a Wex­ford singer-song­writer and fre­quent busker on the Main Street.

No stranger to the stage, she has opened for acts in­clud­ing Mundy and Áine Cahill. She re­leased her de­but sin­gle ‘Fall­ing’ early this sum­mer, which was pro­duced by Ryan O’Shaugh­nessy. Her four-track EP which was recorded at Or­chard Record­ing Stu­dio, is due for re­lease this month.

The youngest act will be Rachel Grace, a 15-year old Wex­ford singer-song­writer who started per­form­ing at the age of 10.

She re­leased her EP ‘Song For You’ in 2016 and is hop­ing to bring out a sec­ond al­bum in the next year. She re­cently opened for artists in­clud­ing Wal­lis Bird and Don Mescall.

TICK­ETS FOR THE GIG COST €15.

Clock­wise from top left: Fit For Kings, Rachel Grace, Me­gan-Kate Doolan and Niall Cash

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