FOIL ARMS AND HOG FOR JESTFEST, MAN IN BLACK VISITS CLAYTON WHITES
EVER POPULAR comedy outfit, Foil Arms and Hog are the first act to be announced for the JestFest Comedy Festival which will take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The trio will take to the stage of the Dun Mhuire Theatre on Friday, May 4 with their new show ‘Oink’.
A fast paced sketch show, it will feature a collection of songs for the elderly, a baggage handler’s interpretive dance and a shop that naively only sells balaclavas. Best known for their YouTube videos, which have had over 50 million online hits, the trio are very proud of their live shows.
Tickets for Foil Arms and Hog are available on www.jestfest.ie or by calling the Box Office on 053 91 99199.
JestFest Comedy Festival runs from May 3 to 6 and will feature numerous comedians entertaining in intimate, atmospheric venues all over town.
• Meanwhile, fans of Johnny Cash can look forward to a great tribute night later this month when the Number One Johnny Cash Tribute Act, ‘ The Man in Black’ rolls into town.
Featuring Terry Lee Goffee and his band, the show takes place at Clayton White’s Hotel on Sunday, February 25.
Goffee sings, looks and performs just like the great man, with energy, charisma and vitality. The show will feature all of the great hits including: ‘Walk the Line’, ‘A Boy named Sue’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, ‘Cry Cry Cry’, ‘Jackson’, ‘ The Man in Black’ and many more.
Goffee regularly performs in theatres all over the USA to great acclaim, including ringing endorsements from Johnny Cash’s brother Tommy and sister Joanne.
Tickets are available on www.lantern. ie, from Ticketmaster and from Clayton White’s Hotel on 053 91 22311.
It has been said that County Wexford has a greater number of traditional songs than any other county in Ireland. This boast could indeed be correct especially when you consider the extent of song types we have in our repertoire which includes songs of the sea, love songs, comedy songs, songs in praise of place, songs of the ’98 Rising and ballads about local events and heroes.
Recently I launched a book entitled ‘Songs of Kilmuckridge (and beyond…)’ which features no less than 20 local songs which reflect this scope of content. It was an outcome of an engaged process with a group of interested locals and singers called ‘The Kilmuckridge Song Project’ which I devised and coordinated.
The project was supported by Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns and Wexford County Council via the Artist-in-the-Community Scheme and aimed to engage local people and singers in the process of exploring the local traditional song heritage. We found a great wealth of material in the area which naturally, given its proximity to the sea, featured ballads recounting sea tragedies.
The first song in the book is a ballad which recounts a disastrous local tragedy; ‘The Tinnaberna Fishermen’.
The Tinnaberna Fishermen Words:
Traditional and John Furlong Traditional On the fourteenth day of November in eighteen and fifteen, We launched our boats and put to sea from Tinnaberna Green, The north-west wind began to blow as night began to fall, And fishermen being high to sea, at the mercy of the squall. It was in that sad and fearful hour each man he took his oar, But all our efforts were in vain, we could not make the shore, We sat and watched the fading hill that smiled behind the foam, Bade adieu to Tinnaberna and the friends we left at home. Our boats being small well rigged with all were unable for to sail,
The time looks bad so in the name of God on our friends we must turn tail, We saw them kneel and pray to God, as their boats were turned and tossed, And one by one ’neath fearful waves our neighbours they were lost. Our skipper John watched the fleeting clouds that swept across the skies, Saying ‘Boys don’t lose your courage until the moon will rise.’
As the hours dragged on and the storm did die our hopes returned anew, In the pale moonlight on that stormy night Tinnaberna came into view. We reached the shore in the morning with our family all gathered there, And on their faces we could see the look of dark despair,
Of the seven boats only one returned the story for to tell,
May they rest in peace those fishermen the ones we loved so well.
This is a song which John Furlong, of Tinnaberna, has been singing for many years. John modified the text which Fr Joseph Ranson supplied in his book ‘Songs of the Wexford Coast’ (originally published in 1948), in order to include a few more details following his own enquiries about the facts of the tragedy. The air to which John and his niece Maeve sing the song to is the one supplied in that book; staff notation is provided for some of the songs.
The song recalls the tragedy which took place when seven fishing boats from Tinnaberna were blown across the Irish Sea one night in November 1815. Six of the boats with their crews were lost off Tinnaberna. The crew of the seventh boat trailed their nets as a sea-anchor and made a safe landing in daylight the following day near Morriscastle.
The disaster, in which approximately forty-five to fifty local fishermen were lost, is said to have left fifteen widows and had a significant long-term impact on the population of the small settlement at Tinnaberna.
In 2015 John Furlong performed the song at the unveiling of a memorial plaque, erected by Michael Fortune, Ned and Joe Kavanagh, on the 200th anniversary of the tragedy as part of the project ‘About This Place – Kilmuckridge,’ which was devised and coordinated by Michael Fortune.
To see a video recording of Maeve Townsend singing the song go to the Facebook Page ‘Songs of Wexford’. Maeve is a niece of John Furlong originally from Killincooley, the townsland next to Tinnaberna, and was one of the participants involved in ‘The Kilmuckridge Song Project’.
The Man in Black: paying tribute to Johnny Cash at Clayton White’s Hotel on Sunday, February 25.
Foil Arms and Hog, the first act announced for this year’s JestFest, play the Dun Mhuire on Friday, May 4.