Brayarts Photos by Deirdre Ridgeway January


Bray Arts, Jim Doyle’s Back Bar Tuesday 6th Feb @ 8pm, Admission 5 euro, 4 euro conc

Photographer, hiker, Viatly Zukov from Daugaupils in Lativa will show  slides of his fantastic photographic work from his budget  adventures around the world. Vitaly has been living in Ireland now for 16 years and his  travels have taken him  to near and  far off lands. His camera is always at the ready and being also a very fit  hiker and  he has managed to capture  some extraordinary images in extraordinary places . His photographs which  interpret the landscapes  in a very diverse way and they  response to the great outdoors be it  urban or rural and  his style is often  unconventional .

His work is both  inspirational and motivating  and he  will inspire  ‘ the wander lust’ in people  to travel and  seek out amazing places.

Lorraine O’Brien

The Seanchai Irish Story Teller were the definition of entertainment in the old days in  Ireland. Lorraine O’ Brien plays the part of ‘Peg Meg’ a female Seanchai who with wit and wisdom will tell you about her life and make you laugh with her stories.

Short Bio: Evelyn Campbell, singer/songwriter.

In the great folk tradition of telling stories through song, Evelyn Campbell is the Irish folk songwriter of our times. Her work catalogues the move towards social justice and equality and peace on Earth that is arising globally and being shaped in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. Her songs are of them and for them.

Throughout the Right2Water campaigns tens of thousands of Irish people heard ‘ROBBING PETER’, ‘COLD WIND BLOWING’ and ‘2014 RISING’ during the rallies that challenged injustice and austerity.

During our commemorative year, 2016, Evelyn raised issues such as
* the absence of women from the narrative in ‘FENIAN WOMENS BLUES” which boasts (70,000 +

views on Facebook)
* and the connection between the current movements for social justice with the struggles of 1916

in ‘PATRIOTIC GAMES’ (7,000 +)

While continuing to add to the ‘Old Stories, New Songs’ Collection, Evelyn has also written on contemporary issues such as
* the current homelessness crisis with ‘ I CANT FEEL MY HEART BEAT’
* the campaign for Medicinal Cannabis with ‘LEGALISE FOR AVA’

Her back catalogue also contains songs of deep personal and universal emotional experience and occasional dark humour from the album Overdue Review.

In the intimate setting of Bray Arts Club Evelyn will invite the audience to suggest themes of interest to them and then offer songs from her repertoire that match those themes.









Brayarts Show January Tuesday 9th

New Venue for 2018 Jim Doyle’s

Tuesday 9th Jan @ 8pm

Mariana Saad on the life of Artist Leonora Carrington
I studied French Literature and philosophy of Art in the French saint-Joseph University in Beirut. In Ucd, I did a Master in French film: the films of Jean-Luc Godard back in 2008. Started a PhD on the French works of Samuel Beckett.
I teach Arabic and French in Ucd, I do translations for Dcu. I have an interest in Surrealism (film, art and poetry) and ancient Eastern philosophies such as Tao practices .
The focus of the talk:
 The surrealist paintings of Leonora Carrington influenced by her French surrealist period.
 The influence of her Irish Heritage on the Occult themes in her work.


Jack and Angela Plunkett

Jack and Angela Plunkett are both originally from Glasgow, but have lived in Dublin for more than twenty years. They describe their music as having three strands: traditional Scottish songs, American folk-blues and, increasingly, Jack’s own compositions. Their songs are delivered with close harmonies, deft finger style guitar and a warm genuine feeling for the music.

Jack and Angela perform regularly at singing sessions in the Dublin area and elsewhere. Their ‘home’ session is the Bray Singers’ Circle of which they are two of the organizer’s.

Jack and Angela are recording a CD (slowly). In the meantime, you can hear them on SoundCloud: simply visit and search for Jack and Angela Plunkett.

Jack and Angela Plunkett


Return by popular demand to dance your socks off to lively standards and banish the winter blues


Info contact Julie-Rose McCormick mob. 087-2486751

Bray Arts Monday 4th of December 8pm @ The Martello Hotel Bray Admission 5 euro, 4 euro conc


homeless bray

Each year in December, Bray arts organizes a raffle to raise funds in aid of the homeless in our community. The situation at this time of the year is heartbreaking, frustrating and really unfair. Please bring prizes to contribute and be prepared to buy tickets and go home with vouchers, arts and crafts, wine, and more, you choose your prize from the lot!



Vacant Possession by Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald was raised in Sandycove, County Dublin. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poetry collections are Swimming Lessons (Wales, Stonebridge, 2001), The Map of Everything (Dublin, Forty Foot, 2006) and Beyond the Sea (Co. Clare, Salmon Poetry, 2012). 

In 2006 Anne founded Forty Foot Press, in addition to two School Publishing Houses, Monkstown Educate Together Press (MET Press, 2003) and Loreto Abbey Dalkey Press (LAD Press, 2004). She is a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence bursary at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. She teaches Creative Writing in Ireland and North America. Anne lives in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin.

Praise for Anne Fitzgerald;

‘Is there a poet writing in Ireland who feels so profoundly and knows more surely love’s obsessions, its piercing chronicles,

its succor and sorrows than Anne Fitzgerald? The poems in Vacant Possession char the page, leaving their imprint, imperishable, unique.’

Frank Mc Guinness

‘Raw, poignant, wrenching, and deeply courageous, this beautiful collection of poetry took my breath away. Each poem is a gift, wrapped in luminous, lyrical verse. Standing firmly in her own truth, Fitzgerald takes us on a tour de force of the human condition, the search for self, and Ireland’s shameful treatment of the unmarried mother and her child. As an adoptee, I wept many times as I read this stunning collection, but it is the universality of these devastating poems that grants them their power. Fearless, Fitzgerald takes us on a journey of love, loss, death, abandonment and grief. Despite the inherent pain in these poems, she never surrenders to self-pity. With near-invisible artistry, Fitzgerald weaves agonizing loss into redemptive power and ensures that love breathes on every page.’

Caitriona Palmer, Author of An Affair with my Mother (Penguin, 2016)





Are Mary, Elena & Dee

We have been together for over 10 years and have evolved our own unique style of Tribal Style Belly Dance.

Our movements are inspired by folkloric dances of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain , Indonesia and India.  We are influenced equally by ancient and contemporary world music and are always open to experimentation.

We incorporate zills, swords, canes , and veils into our dances.




Formed in 2014 The Ronan Gallagher Band’s motto, ‘Love Live Music’ epitomizes their attitude to their all original live performance. High octane at times, other times soul searching and heartfelt, it’s always delivered with energy, passion, and above all, a great sense of fun. They do come with a slight health warning though, as they have been known to cause outbreaks of uncontrollable dancing and joy.