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


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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.

Pictures from November. Credit: Deirdre Maher Ridgway

1.Bray Arts Show an exciting evning ahead

Bray Arts Monday 6th November 8pm @ The Martello Hotel Bray Admission 5 euro, 4 euro conc

Padruig MacFarlane – Artist
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Padruig takes us down a life long journey recalling the artistic endeavours of a creative youth from a very early age. Reared in the West Highlands of Scotland, he was strongly influenced by the scenic environment around him, but also by the maritime exploits of his family. During his lifetime, he took up the career of a professional architect, but despite this, he was still able to continue painting. He began using different media, though watercolour was always his forte. After emigrating to Ireland in 1963, he exhibited both with the Watercolour Society of Ireland and the RHA not to mention several one man shows. His work could be found in numerous outlets locally, but also in the West of Ireland; he was a regular exhibitor at Kennys Gallery in Galway. At one stage he was producing almost 60 original works a year, but demonstrations and guided workshops were also something he really enjoyed too. As a current member of Kilmantin Arts, this year he compiled a 2017 calendar of his work around Wicklow Town which proved highly popular.
Apart from painting, Padruig’s other love is music; piano accordeon and chromatic harmonica are his main  instruments. Aside from this, he has been writing family documents recently including his personal memoirs, “Life is for Living”.
Carmen Cullen
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Carmen Cullen will be reading from her forthcoming novel Hello Love, to be launched in The Mermaid Arts Centre Gallery on Tuesday 14th. November at 7.00pm. as part of the Yarn Festival. All are welcome.

Love persists and in Hello Love, nobody can tell Jacqueline what to do, especially her Auntie Mina who comes to live with the family in their Avalon Hotel. The little girl will only take orders from her mother and Imelda has disappeared… Hello Love is Carmen’s second novel and is published by Liberties Press.

There will be a donation per book to The Peter Mc.Verry Trust, Refreshments and Music.

Carmen has been on the committee of Bray Arts since its inception. She was Head of English in Colaiste Dhulaigh in Coolock and Director of the Oscar Wilde Autumn School. She has published three books of poetry and drama for schools called Class Acts. She completed the M.Phil for Creative Writing in Trinity College in 2009. She continues to tour widely with her Tribute to her aunt, Delia Murphy.



Mildred Fox and Christian Hidden Stills

Arriving later than most to the songwriting world, the “Hidden Stills” duo from Wicklow are making up for lost time. When two band mates from “The Whipperwills” decided to try their hands at songwriting, earlier this year, even they were surprised at the results. Songs of reflection, close harmonies and interesting melodies. Having played at the Hot Spot, Grey Goose, The Grove, Plucks, & The Klinkerdin, we are looking forward to sharing our creations with Bray Arts.

Bray Arts Monday 2nd October 8pm @ The Martello Hotel Bray Admission 5 euro, 4 euro conc

As I Went Down To The River Styx

Douglas Ross and Ciara Julia Ryan present the fruits of their 18 month collaboration: an exhibition of mythic storytelling images, accompanied by a book and video. The video was edited by Leon Quinn and has a beautiful original music score by Paul McCormack.

Mary Rose Callaghan

Playwright and biographer, and an award-winning short story writer.  Her memoir, The Deep End, was published this year by the University of Delaware Press.

Mood Swings

Mood Swings have delighted audiences with Their close harmony singing , and are a regular at the Brayarts Nights .

As I Went Down To The River Styx



Douglas Ross and Ciara Julia Ryan began working together in the Spring of 2016. Their first collaborative work “Peresphone’s Gate” was exhibited at the Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art in June 2016. Intrigued by the myth of Persephone and the Tuatha de Danann, they began to develop the script for As I Went Down To The River Styx. From May to September they worked intensively, shooting thousands of images, improvising and reshooting when required until they had sufficient material to produce prints for the upcoming exhibition in the Inspire Gallery, a book and a DVD. The monologues for the DVD were written collaboratively in the Spring of 2017 and filmed in May. Leon Quinn from Reverb Studios came on board the project as animator/editor for the DVD  , with music composed by Paul McCormack .



Mary Rose Callaghan 

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Mary Rose Callaghan was born in Dublin in 1944, emigrated to the United States in 1975.  She has written nine novels, including Billy, Come Home, (2007) and A Bit of a Scandal (2009).  She is also a playwright and biographer, and an award-winning short story writer.  Her memoir, The Deep End, was published this year by the University of Delaware Press. She was married to the late Robert Hogan, editor of The Dictionary of Irish Literature, and lived for many years in Newark, Delaware. She now lives in Bray. 

Her novels include Mothers (Dublin, Arlen House 1982, London, Marian Boyars, 1984); Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter (London & New York, Marion Boyars, 1985); The Awkward Girl (Dublin, Attic Press, 1989); Has Anyone Seen Heather? (Attic Press, 1990); Emigrant Dreams (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1996), republished as I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There (New York, Marion Boyars, 1997); The Last Summer (Poolbeg, 1997); The Visitor’s Book (Dingle, Brandon, 2001); and Billy Come Home (Brandon, 2007).

As well as writing extensively for periodicals, she has published Kitty O’Shea: A Life of Katherine Parnell (London, Pandora Press, 1980, San Francisco, Pandora, 1994).

She has been assistant editor of, and wrote thirty articles for The Dictionary of Irish Literature, edited by Robert Hogan (Greenwood Press, 1979 and 1997), and has broadcast several stories on BBC radio. She was runner-up in the first Maxwell House Prize in 1979.

She lives in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Mood Swings


Mood Swings have delighted audiences with our close harmony singing , and are a regular at the Brayarts Nights . Most recently we have played a private garden party the oyster festival in Dalkey and several Gigs for Jack’s Club we are looking forward to entertaining in Bray Arts once more xx


Bray Arts Monday 11th Sept 8pm @ The Martello Hotel Bray


Mark Granier Poet and photographer

Poetry Ireland Review describes Granier as, “a poet of individual poems,” poems that are, “perfectly operating verbal machines, which are their own fulfillment, with everything concentrated on the final, sealing line .


A singing group set for world dommination with a lust for life !

Like a chameleon they keep coming back to us in many different guises .

Staring Aran McMahon , Theresa Bradley and Kerenza D’Arcy Barr

Sean Nolan Commedian

Winner of the RTE 2 New Comedy Awards, 29-year-old Bray comedian Sean possesses a highly creative and unique brand of one-liner comedy dealing with everyday topics at a blistering pace. Sean, has been doing standup for 5 years, has become one of the most talked about comedians on the Irish circuit

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Rachel Kerrigan and Catherine Simpson

TwoGrass are a multi-instrumental Wicklow based singer-songwriter duo, performing old time and contemporary Americana music as well as original material.”

Neil Young – style folk duo with 5 string banjo. These gals perform old time Appalachian folk music, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues – as well as original Americana roots music.

Bray Arts Show

Martello Hotel, Bray

Monday 11th Sept 2017 @ 8pm

Admission 5 euro & 4 euro conc


Brayarts Show Mon June 12th @ the Martello Bray 8pm

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Aran McMahon        Alan Heffernan     Thomas Dunne

Kevin Custardgas    James Conner        Coner  Gibson

Is a six piece jazz band playing various styles of jazz including latin/swing/funk/soulall the members have played with various bands and at festivals and venues throughout Ireland and abroad


Bray Arts Drama Group

Cliffâs Edge

A Black Comedy  by Paul Bear


 A suicidal failed actor, a manically depressed pub landlord and a schizophrenic passer-by are the characters in this blackest of comedies.

Cliff –  Martin Davidson     Gary-  Simon Maxwell    Sue- Sonya Stafford

Director  Derek Pullen        S.M  Lucy Lynch