February 3rd Brayarts Show 2020

Martello Hotel Bray @ 8pm

Adm: 5 euros Conc: 4 euros

Kevin C,O’lohan


1. The Visual Artist as a Storyteller

Michael O’Reilly worked for many years as an educator. He taught in a variety of primary schools and was principal teacher in Saint Kieran’s Special School in Bray. During his career he worked as a curriculum designer, as an educational author and as an art education advisor. Since his retirement in 2014 he has worked as a lecturer, course designer and as editor of Bray Arts Journal. In this evening’s presentation he will be presenting some of his own art pieces and discussing this work.

2. The Writer as a Storyteller

Seymour Cresswell is a published author and an award-winning amateur actor and director. His book of memoir short stories, A Present of an Orange and other stories was published in 2018. He divides his time between drama, sailing, gardening, painting and writing. Seymour has lived in Bray for more than 20 years.

3 . The Musician as a Storyteller

Kevin C. Olohan is a Storyteller, Actor and Musician from Wicklow Town. He is the creator and host of Fireside: The Irish Storytelling Podcast on the Headstuff Podcast Network, which is a weekly chronicle  of  the Folklore and Mythology of Ireland. 

In his live performance, Kevin weaves Folklore and Folk Music together with his own stories resulting in a fresh take on one of our oldest traditions.

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Bray Arts Show Mon 6th January 2020 @ 8:00pm Admission: €5 & €4 conc

Martello Hotel Bray . Co Wicklow

Aoife Hester Photogrpher

Aoife has  been interested in photography for a number of years and she enjoys exploring the practice in her spare time. Her main area of interest is landscape photography and she usually find herself out in the wilderness in Wicklow capturing sunsets, seascapes or night skies. If you wish to follow her/view her work, She regularly update her Facebook and Instagram accounts: Aoife Hester Photography (Facebook) @aoifehester (Instagram)

Aoife Hester

The Little Bray Writers Group

 Meet in The Little Bray Family and Resource Centre in Fassaroe on Tuesday mornings at 10. O’clock. Talented and versatile they include prose writers and poets, and come from many backgrounds. These writers are dedicated, but happy to do what they like best, that is writing. They have performed many Readings and their work is on continuous display in Bray Railway Station

RETROFIX is a 7 piece band – drums, bass, guitar, keys, tenor sax, alto sax, trombone (keyboard player also sings & plays flute). They  play a quirky mix of retro/soul/funk/jazz/ska covers along with their own originals…. about 70% of the set is covers, 30% originals.

Covers include Quincy Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Average White Band, The Specials, Henry Mancini, Tito Puente….  various TV & Movie themes, standards like Tequila, Cantaloupe island, & One Como Va!

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Bray Arts Show Monday 4th November @8pm Koo Nightclub Martello Hotel 5 euro & 4 euro conc.

Yanny Petters
Yanny will show images from her current exhibition ‘Hedgerow – stories from a linear world’ at the Olivier Cornet Gallery
and talk about her practice.

Film Night curated by
Brigid O’ Brien

1.The Forgotten.
Director Sam Uhlemann

2. The Door.
Director Juanita Wilson

3. A Different Kind of Day.
Director Maria Doyle Kennedy

4. My Bonnie.
Director Hannah Quinn

5. Wave.
Benjamin Cleary &
TJ O’ Grady Peyton

Sofia’s Music Set
disco, rock, reggae, electronic, world, folklore..? What will be the rhythms of sofia’s set this november? Come wearing your dancing shoes to shake all that autumn grey off your bodies.

Brayarts Show September 9th

The Bray Arts Show takes place in the Martello Hotel, Bray on

Venue downstairs in the Koo Bar The Martello Hotel

Monday 9thSeptember   2019     @  8:00pm 

All  welcome     Admission:       €5 & €4 conc

In 2016/17, Bray poet David Butler received an Arts Commission to write a cycle of site-specific poems following the railway from Booterstown Saltmarsh to the 40ft. He asked his brother, Cambridge lecturer Jim Butler to illustrate Blackrock Sequence, and in 2018, the collaboration won the World Illustrators’ Award (books, professional section). Copies of the limited-edition cycle have been bought by the NCAD, the British Library, the Tate Gallery and Cambridge and Yale Universities. The two brothers are currently collaborating on a Liffey Sequence. This illustrated talk will look at the creative process involved in both collaborations.
David Butler’s second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in 2017 by Doire Press. Arlen House is to bring out his second short story collection, Fugitive, in 2019. Literary prizes for poetry include the Féile Filíochta, Ted McNulty, Brendan Kennelly, Poetry Ireland/Trocaire and Baileborough awards.

Enda Kelly, Previously with Chualainn now writing and singing his own original material. Enda has been singing his way around the clubs and pubs of Ireland for many years. A classically trained singer He has been in various bands but more recently in a duo called Chualainn with his brother John. His passion now is in writing and singing his own song

Liam De Siun is an actor/musician who will perform satirical comic songs(sometimes rude). He has worked in theater film TV and puppeterring and comedy shows.

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May 13th Brayarts Show

8pm @ The Martello ,Strand Road , Bray , Co . Wicklow

Adm : 5 euro Conc : 4 euro

Jessica Traynor’s debut collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. She won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize, was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013, and received the 2014 Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. Commissions include ‘An Island Sings’ with composer Elaine Agnew for Poetry Ireland and Chamber Choir Ireland, and a libretto for Galway 2020. Her latest collection is The Quick.

Poet & Writer


Bray School Of Speech and Drama
Maeve Miller is a qualified Speech and Drama teacher and Examiner with the Leinster School of Music and Drama

Scarlett Glynn

Poem:  Aunts Mattered by Orla Martin 

Drama Extract:  Once a Catholic by Mary O’Malley

Mia Reynolds

Poem:  Driving to the Debs by Michael Pattwell

Annabel Garstin 

Poem:  To My Mother by Seamus Heaney

Drama Extract:  Made in Spain by Tony Grounds

Beatrice Smith 

Poem:  How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

Drama:  The Provoked Wife by Sir John Vanbrugh

Éabha O’Ceidigh

Poem:  If we must Die by Claude McKay

Drama:  An extract from Portia Coughlin by Marina Carr

Sally Shanley

Poem:  Speaking to My Father by Theo Dorgan

Emily Kate Warnock

Poem:  Remember by Christina Rossetti

Hidden  Stills Music

Wicklow based duo ,Christian Hind & Mildred Fox of ‘Hidden Stills’ have been writing and performing their own style of pared back contemporary folk songs since the start of 2017. They have created songs of reflection and introspection with close harmonies and interesting melodies, which are at times dark and emotional.

Since their first appearance at Bray Arts, in October 2017, they have recorded an album, a collection of 11 songs which is due for release later in the year. They have released 3 singles ahead of the album release, and have played numerous gigs such as Garageland, Vantastival and The Acoustic Yard Festival. Their music is available on all of the usual digital platforms such as Soundcloud itunes, Spotify etc.

Link to Soundcloud

Brayarts Show Mon 1st April @ The Martello

Raffle Fundraising for the Brayarts

Diversity Night at Bray Arts Show 

Monday 1stApril @8pm 

We welcome the diverse communities who live locally to share their dance & songs with us Irish, Indonesian, Persian. Japanese, Brazilian , Polish & Russian .

1 Tracy Butler Booth    Ireland

“The Blackbird”, an Irish traditional solo set dance.  This is believed to be the oldest of the traditional set dances, the set composed by a Limerick dance master named Keily as far back as 1820.  The tune itself, also a song, is believed to be very much older.  This old-style version of the dance includes the “Grandfather Step”, a hornpipe step composed by Tracy’s great‑grandfather, Tim Butler of Enniscorthy.

“The Priest and His Boots”, a form of set dance (danced to the tune of the same name) in jig tempo.  Tracy learned this dance from Michael Tubridy who got it from Dan Furey, a dancing master from Labasheeda, County Clare who contributed greatly to the survival of the old style step-dances.  With its gentle, stylish elements, “The Priest” has proved a popular and easy dance to learn among fans of old style both at home and abroad. 

We are a Japanese traditional dance group called “ODORIKKO” which was established several years ago by 14 Japanese ladies all living in Ireland.  We perform one of the traditional Japanese dances known as “NIHOMBUYO” at cultural events relating to Japan and secondary schools for their transition year students.  Our commitment is to encourage as many people in Ireland as possible to experienceJapanese culture.


3 Mojgan Maidi            Iran

Aref  :        KI Behtar Az To

4 Khatuna & Russian Folk Group

Minus-oy-cvetet kalina


5 Erna O Connell Indonesia

 Tari Yapong Oleh ibu Septin             

6 Justyna Kosmulska & Friends  Poland

Circle of Magical White Song / Krag Magiczneyj Bialej Piesni

7      Lara  Fabiola & Brayzil 

       The Martello Brazil