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

Brayarts Show Feb 4th @ The Martello 8pm

Monday 4th Febuary  2019           @  8:00pm

All  welcome     Admission:       €5 & €4 conc

Roisin O Meadhra     Painter

Mr Sands Youth Theatre 

Wicklow’s newest & fastest growing youth theatre.,will present  a short film, “Upon The Shore”, made with the assistance of The Arts Council. It first screened in THE MERMAID THEATRE  on the 9thJanuary.present  a short film, “Upon The Shore”, made with the assistance of The Arts Council.

Mood swings

Ruthie Corbett, Hazel Evans and Marion Smith. We have an eclectic mix of songs to suit any occasion and taste.2018 was a busy year for us,,This  will  be our second gig for 2019 We are  very happy to be singing for Bray Arts again..

Roisin O Meadhra     Painter

Since these early years Róisín’s career has progressed and has been as colourful as her paintings. She has worked in film and television, theatre, Interior Design and teaching.  However she has always returned to painting as a true form of expressing her imagination and her view of the world

Róisín now lives by the sea in Wicklow and draws inspiration from the surrounding wildlife and landscape.

Originally from Cork, RóisÍn’s childhood was spent painting, drawing, and doing all types of crafty things taught to her by her mother. When it was time to leave the nest RóisÍn decided to chase her dream and started her artistic journey with a foundation year in Art and Design at Scoil Stiofáin Naofa, Cork. After this transformative year, she then set off to Waterford Institute of Technology  to further her studies in Art with an Ordinary Degree in Applied Art. On moving to Dublin she then studied successfully for a Diploma in Interior Design at The Dublin Institute of Design.

I believe that our imagination is a powerful gift, and when used to its full potential, can help us overcome almost anything in life.“

-Róisín O Meadhra

Brayarts Show Mon 7th January 19’@ The Martello

The Surprise act is a dangerous Lady ! Come if you dare

“Rose Lawless flying the flag for the true spirit of Cabaret “

Irish Independent

Is sort of a rich girl gone wrong . Her pedigree is dark and dramatic , she’s the fallout of an illicit passion between an Irish diplomat’s wife and a revolutionary Hungarian street entertainer . Her life , like her art , is like the international scandal they will never manage to hush up . She sits on a barbed wire fence between heaven and hell and sings her blood red songs of longing and rage . Welcome to the cabaret ! Vive la Liberte! .

Brayarts Show Mon 7th January 19’Martello Hotel Bray @ 8pm

Monday 7thJanuary  2018           @  8:00 pm

All  welcome     Admission:       €5 & €4 conc


Aoife Hester (Bass Guitar) and Niall Cloak (Fiddle)

Will be performing an emigration tune. A new exploratory improvisational  collaboration.

48409521_2562552633769878_3391262505694134272_oBilly O’Hanluain Story Teller


Billy lives in Dublin with his cat Mr Monk. He has been a frequent contributor to RTE’s Arts Tonight and Arena. He hosts Ireland’s only Irish language Jazz show, An Nóta Gorm on Raidio na Life. A number of his audio essays can be heard on Soundcloud. He is currently working towards a collection of autobiographical pieces. He has published work in The Village Magazine and The Passage Between. He has read at many open-mic nights over the last two years.

Watch out for the surprise act !