Brayarts Show Tuesday 5th June @ 8pm

Welcome, reader, to the latest volume of the Bray Arts Journal.

Since the publication of our last journal, to coincide with the Bray Literature Festival last November, Bray Arts has moved our monthly gathering from the first Monday each month to the first Tuesday, and from The Martello to Jim Doyle’s, two doors down. We hope to see you there regularly.

We are featuring the work of a number of new writers in this volume but also welcome the contributions from many of our regular contributors.
Laugh at the dilemma of a weight watcher, take a train journey to Wexford , read poetry collections from Rosy, Brian and Anthony. Thrill to another short story by Tanya and hear how love conquers all, even dementia.
We hope that tonight you will enjoy the presentations of a number of the authors whose work is included in this particular volume of the journal.

The editor and the editorial team thank you all for your continued support of our work In providing local artists and authors with a platform for their work
Please enjoy and consider submitting some of your own work for future publication to


Brayarts Show Tuesday 5th June @ 8pm
Venue Jim Doyle’s Back Bar , Bray Seafront.
Adm : 5 euros Conc : 4 euros
Writers: The latest Brayarts Journal of local writers will be launched , with writers presenting their new works. Come and meet the writers.
Photographer: Zac Campbell
Underwater Wildlife photographer Zac Campbell will take you through a mesmerising underwater world of sea
creatures .
Musicians: Tom Dalton with his band Celtic Grace
Celtic Grace will play their acoustic set , and with their passionate belief , that music can benefit mental health .
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Celtic Grace Accoustic Band Celtic Grace Accoustic Band

Tom Dalton founded Celtic Grace Gospel Choir in 2009. The idea was to form a group that
would perform at special events. Tom is a member of both Enniskerry Gospel Choir and
Unity Gospel choirs. The idea for Singing For Your Mental Health day was born on Christmas 2007 in Arklow Golf Club. Waiting for the frost to clear Tom asked Neville Cox the Musical Director of Enniskerry Gospel Choir to do a concert in aid of Newcastle Hospital and Mental Health Ireland. He agreed. The rest is history. Judy McGrath and Barbara Davis came on board. The concert took place in March 2009, one of the highlights of Tom’s life.


RTE Big Music Week was a huge success. Thousands of people around the country came out to celebrate the very best of home grown musical talent, The RTE Big Music Week train traveled all over Ireland showcasing the work of Irish songwriters,
singers and musicians with broadcasts across all of RTE’s services. Search for Celtic Grace on Facebook to see photos from the event. Celtic Grace are available for events so contact Tom Dalton at 087-2783342 or 01-2890830 or email
for details.

The following year, Ireland celebrated World Mental Health Week with a national week of choral singing, promoting the message that Choral Singing Is Good for your Mental Health.
Choirs up and down the country got together with local Mental Health Associations to
promote the message. Tom asked the volunteers from Enniskerry Gospel choir to come

Zac Campbell from Goatstown. I work in Google as a product quality analyst as my day job but where I go to regenerate is the sea! I hope to give everyone a brief intro into how I got into the sea through swimming at Seapoint as a child, to joining a diving club in University to even taking up Underwater hockey played in the National Aquatic Centre. The water is a magical place and I believe it’s important to share the magic of what lies beneath!”




GREATER LOVE by Jack Plunkett
A song about dementia, but also about the endurance of love and the mysterious
power of song.
It’s alright if you can’t recall my name
Why don’t we just sing an old song?
The Twelfth of Never, Love Me Tender
And I’ll try to sing along
Through these tears, I’ll sing along
You once knew me better than I knew myself
Now you’re not sure who I am
Let me sit by your side, let me hold your hand
And perhaps you’ll remember my name
And you’ll pretend you know our children
And you’ll pretend you know me
And maybe you do, in your own secret way
Who can say, love, who can say?
So go to sleep, my tired girl
I’ll be waiting for you in your dream
And we’ll laugh and we’ll talk about everything
And you’ll call me by my name
It’s alright if you can’t recall my name
Why don’t we just sing an old song?
The Twelfth of Never, Love Me Tender
And I’ll try to sing along
Through these tears, I’ll sing along
“You ask how long I’ll love you, I’ll tell you true
Until the twelfth of never, I’ll still be loving you”

BrayArts Show Tuesday May 1st 8pm Jim Doyle@s

Mick Kunze

On Local History , Ghosts and his Murals with a few maps thrown in .Will take you on a journey of humour and interest with Micks Illustrated history of the 1916 and Murals representing local characters around Kilcoole and Wicklow . Beware that Ghostly tale .

brayarts may 1st

Charline Vidal Lyrical Dancer

I will be performing a dance extract from my dissertation project ‘Soul’. This will be a short solo of ‘lyrical contemporary’ dance. A primary focus in lyrical dance is the artistry in displaying the underlying emotion of the work. The creative nature of contemporary dance allows for the explorative approach in the choreography.

Dance has so many great health benefits. Take each and every opportunity to dance!

Gerry  Anderson Musician

Gerry who is a composer , teacher , accompanist ,  and musician playing  Avant garde , folk , classical and many more gemres .

Some of his compositions can be found on  Sound Cloud .

Teaching RIAM , LCM TCM , ROCK SCHOOL , Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music .

He plays the Guitar , Harpsicord , Battente and Mandola .

He played with the Joojoo Eyeball in the 80s and more recently with Tambourine and Roses .

He has accompanied Carmen Cullen in The Delia Murphy Songs Tour Story Event since 2010


Brayarts March Photos by Deirdre Ridgeway

April 3rd Brayarts Show

Tuesday 3rd April Brayarts Show

@ Jim Doyle’s Bray 8pm

Adm: 5 euros , Conc: 4 euros

Sofia Arteaga Musician , Sound artist ,Mother

Sofia Arteaga is a French Uruguayan, mother of two teens , residing in Ireland for 14 years, and student in Music production.  Sofia grew up in Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil and France, but the longest period of time in one place is in South County Dublin. Completing her honours degree course this year .

Sofia is a world musician experimenting and painting with sound , She draws her audience into the experience as they vocalize and play instruments , with out prior knowledge to create a wave of fascinating sound , evolving all the time . She has presented her work at the Brayarts before and was much loved .

She will present some of her projects for college in the past few years, including sound for animation and video games, contemporaneous composition, and self portraits in sound .


John and Enda Kelly have just released their debut single Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain , it will go out on radio and iTunes. There will also be a video on Keep it Country, Sky tv. They have performed the song in RTE studios a family show that will be screened on Saturday evenings in May. The single will also be available on their website The lads have launched the single in the Hotspot Music Club in Greystones on the 16th of March. Two local lads doing what they love.

Enda is also a singer song writer and poet  , performing his work at Carmen Cullen’s Arts evenings at the Gato Negro Café in Bray .

John and Enda have presented their work at the Brayarts with their magnificent harmonies with also their passion for the Everly Brothers .