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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 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.

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