Tommy Keyes played in prominent bands in the 1970s then disappeared for almost 40 years. Returning to music in 2016, he’s currently touring in support of his 4th album, Temptation Once Again. His blues-inflected singing and piano-playing are reminiscent of Randy Newman and early Tom Waits.
‘The Zoryanna’ dance in the style of American Tribal Style belly dance. Our movements are inspired by folkloric dances of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain India, & Ireland .
For The Bray Arts Show we will be performing Indian inspired dances Rajasthani & Odissi style . We will be joined by Erna O’ Connell performing an ancient Indonesian dance.
The Randomers – 5 years ago at an open mic night in Jim Doyles. Johnny and Damian Joyce spontaneously joined in with Caoimhe Messitt on stage. That was the beginning of a band which, like many others has seen additions and subtractions in personnel. With the recent acquisitions of Klaus Jensen on lead guitar and Seay Ledwidge on keyboard we have the right formula now. Our aim is to play obscure covers untouched by other bands and to write and perform original numbers in a collaborative manner. All band members live in Bray which is very convenient. We are hobby musicians with no aspirations other than to enjoy ourselves, entertain others and create something new. Lineup: Caoimhe Messitt (lead vocals and acoustic guitar) Damian Joyce (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) Claus Jensen (lead guitar) Seay Ledwidge (keyboard) and Johnny Joyce (drums).
The Art and the Voice of Édith Piaf on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of her death
in 1963, age 47 .
An illustrated memoir written and presented by George Fleeton
Lorraine O Brien Storyteller
Meet Peig Meg, Seanachai, Lilter of tunes, and seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Some say she is a Witch others say she is a Shape –Shifter. There are those who swear she is in cahoots with the Pookas and the Fairies. Peig however assures us she is merely a Walking Women telling her stories. .
The enigmatic character of Peig Meg, Shanachai was, created and is performed by Lorraine O Brien who is passionate about keeping the oral tradition of storytelling alive.
Cheyenne Black singer/songwriter/producer
Celebration of the work of Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot on his 80th birthday.
Gordon Lightfoot is undoubtedly Canada’s greatest songwriter. Internationally he is credited with being a huge influence in defining the folk-pop sound of the 60’s and 70’s. He is a folk-rock legend. Bob Dylan has acknowledged him as his favourite song writer.
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Wicklow based singers/guitarists Brian Whelan and John Hutchings will pay tribute to Gordon Lightfoot with their interpretation of some of his best songs.
Deirdre Maher Ridgway is a photographer from Bray.
Photography is definitely my passion. I find myself taking at least a few photos every day.
As a child, I used to love going to my grandparents’ house, digging out the old box brownie cameras from the shoe press and playing photographer. But the lens never seemed to move to the way I wanted. When you moved the camera right the image seemed to move to the left and vice versa, much to my frustration. However, this knowledge came in handy in my adult years, using a square format camera. I was fortunate enough to have studied analogue photography in IADT a few moons ago. The darkroom was always the place I wanted to be. Processing the latest roll of film, then seeing my images appear before my eyes. Pure magic, and dare I say, nearly a lost art.
But, photography took a back seat, when I started my family. Once my children had grown up, and I decided to go back to work, it was easier to find jobs in other fields. Plus, digital photography had become the new master. It’s so easy now for people to take photos with little or no skill; you can take as many as you like with no cost and easily edit them to near perfection.
I am slowly, but surely picking up the camera again in a professional capacity and I am really looking forward to my photographic renaissance. Photography gives me a creative freedom that I struggle to get from any other source.
RetroFix….. “A bunch of highbrow savages..” aptly described by our original drummer and poet, Kenny Doran. The band revel in this perceptive one-liner that sums up the band’s broad spread of talents and influences.
Fancy grooving to some 60s jazz? Or how about some American surf rock? Some classic soul anyone? Or some 70s funk? Maybe even some Reggae for the craic. Retrofix has all this and more.
The members of RetroFix hail from a variety of musical and artistic backgrounds… jazz, rock, electronic, modern classical composing, poetry, visual arts, traditional, drama, brass band, punk, funk, swing, and even conducting, making for an unusual and refreshing meeting of minds, and a very interesting collective creative space.
This 7 piece ensemble doesn’t hold back and is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Playing an eclectic mix of original material as well as a few jazzy/funky/soul and bossa classics, Retrofix will take you away to a completely different era (possibly a completely different planet). Music that makes you want to dance/jive/twist/bop/shout/boogie/spin/shake a leg/get down/get up again… you won’t be able to stay seated!
RetroFix’s live performance lights up as the band takes obvious pleasure in bringing their own unique style to the stage, with their unusual take on quirky classics, and an ever- growing collection of original music. Come one, come all to the vintage music savour!
Check out our most recent music video for our original song “Highbrow Savages” on YouTube.