Eleven Year Old Bri-Elle Releases CD For RNLI

Eleven year old Arklow girl Bri-Elle Finn has recorded a four track CD of some of her favourite songs, with all proceeds from sales going towards the RNLI and Mary Hickey's RNLI Lap Of The Map fundraiser, which sees the Arklow native running around our coastline, in all weathers.

Bri-Elle's passion for music is obvious upon listening to this excellent CD.

The CD is available at a number of outlets across Arklow - McMullan's on Main Street, Kavanagh's Wexford Road and the RNLI Station, costing just €10.

Please support.


Posted March 15, 2018.

What's Going On In Arklow This Week 15-03-18

Thanks once again to those of you who have contacted Arklow Music and Arts this week with your listings.

We hope in time to come that all proprietors and event promoters will avail of the opportunity to promote their events via this medium: it's in your interest to avail of this service.

The guide is published every Wednesday evening.

Please contact Colm Kavanagh at colmkavanagh1967@gmail.com with your event listing submissions.

If you know of someone who is hosting an event - whether a stage production, an exhibition,  or singing in a local hostelry, remind them to let people know via Arklow Music and Arts!

The What's On In Arklow guide can be downloaded via the News page - please then click on the image to save and then print.

Thank you!


Posted March 15 2018.

Fiver Friday Comes To Arklow

There's an excellent vibe coursing through Arklow right now, with RTÉ rolling into town this Friday afternoon, to present "Liveline - Fiver Friday Special" live from the Courthouse on Main Street, with the show commencing from 1.45pm through to 3.00pm.

Fiver Friday is a day when small local businesses across the land remind the consumer to do their little bit to help the local concerns, instead of spending everything in a multinational - and Arklow has risen to the challenge with a range of excellent Fiver Friday special offers available right across the town's retail landscape.

As the initial idea for Fiver Friday originated from our very own Arklow Music and Arts secretary, we are rather politely pushing out our own Donations Box, and asking, if you can afford it, to consider donating a fiver towards our overall goal - securing a site for the provision of a performance Arts space here in Arklow.

Every fiver most certainly helps, and we remain eternally grateful for your help thus far!

By the way, if someone donates a mere €20.....we'll get rid of the snow on the website!  Up to you!

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Thanks once again!


Posted, March 15, 2018.

Love The 80's?

SUPPORT Marky Hickey's RNLI Lap Of The Map by dancing the night away to the tunes of the 1980's - the songs we all loved; the songs we all loathed - and even the songs we now cringe when hearing!

The '80's night has survived the threat of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East...

Now it is the BEAT OF THE EAST!

So grab those leg warmers, your finest hairspray and upstyle that hair........and, ladies, you do something similar, but easy on the shoulder pads and easier again on the make up!  And come on down to the best 80's music night ever...

SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH - 8pm till late!
€10 at the door.

Posted March 15, 2018.

"40 Years Of Sunbeam" Set For Friday Launch

This coming Friday morning sees the launch of "40 Years Of Sunbeam", a cd which is the culmination of more than twelve months work, with all the participating musicians drawn from both Arklow and Bray branches of Sunbeam House Services.

Under the guidance of music instructor Tommy Breen, the twelve track album  celebrates the achievements possible when we focus on ability rather than disability, and prove that music is a truly universal language, understood by everyone who ever tapped a foot, played a note, hummed a tune, or felt a rhythmic vibration.

The launch takes place, on Friday, December 15, at the Midway Lounge, on Arklow's Main Street, from 11.00am to 1.00pm.     All are welcome to attend, and to enjoy the sounds of music.


Posted December 13, 2017.

"September Skies" CD Set For Midway Launch

The musical triumvirate of Fran Harper, Christine McElheron and Tom Grogan have collaborated to produce a brand new album, titled "September Skies".

The fifteen track album is set for launch tomorrow evening, Wednesday, December 13, at the Midway Lounge on Arklow's Main Street, where the protagonists will perform a selection of songs from the album.

With all coming from rich musical backgrounds, it will come as no surprise to see and hear some further tunes from extended family members, with both The Harper Family and The Family Reunion also scheduled to provide a song or two.

A donation from CD sales will be made to Arklow Cancer Support Group.

The new album can be purchased on the evening,  priced at just €10 each.  Alternatively, you can purchase the CD at the following outlets:-

Beat That Record, Solace Pottery Studio, TRTV, P. Boland, Arklow Bay Hotel, SuperValu and Tesco.

The CD launch commences at 8.00pm and all are welcome, for what promises to be a rich night of excellent local music.


Posted December 12, 2017.

A Letter From America

For many years now, Kansas based band The Elders have toured Ireland, and bringing with them an increasing number of US based fans, who get the best of both worlds - being able to tour around Ireland, appreciate the many sights and wonders.....the odd pint or ten of Guinness......and end their evenings enjoying the live experience of The Elders doing what they do best.

If it was a chemical formula.....it'd be up there!

However, far be it from us at AMA (Arklow Music and Arts) to hammer home a point, a belief long held by those of us who have sprung lifelong friendships with some of these US based Elders fans who year in year out return to our shores, and call Arklow their second home.....

These guys see ALL the sights, the obvious callings - y'know......Giants Causeway up North; Cliffs of Moher over west, in Clare, and the obvious beauty of Kerry and elsewhere.

Yet, so often we hear their voice, about Arklow, and its people.

What we reproduce here, is a correspondence received by one such visitor, who availed of Arklow's finest hospitality on the most recent Elders tour of Ireland.

"Hello. We were just on the Elders' tour.  I wanted to thank you for hosting us .  Arklow was the absolute favorite stop of the trip for the majority of us.  We appreciate your hospitality. 

I was also wondering if you had a page or link I could share to help raise awareness and possibly money for your new theater?

I have quite a few contacts that feel strongly about the Arts.

Thank you again." 


Posted October 29, 2017.

Add Your Event! Tell Us What's On In Arklow!

Arklow Music and Arts wants YOU!

If you are involved with anything to do with music, and have an event upcoming - GET IN TOUCH, and we will list it here.

In a band, playing a few gigs over the week or weekend?  GET IN TOUCH, we'll list it here!

In fact, we want ALL groups who fit comfortable under that umbrella marked "Music AND Arts" to keep in touch and through our website here keep your prospective audience informed.

It's worth noting, not everyone is on Facebook!  We're here!  USE US!

We want our website to become the home of all things musical and artistic in the Arklow area, to highlight what's going on.  Let the people know what you are doing!

Have an event upcoming?  You know now where to advertise it!

GET IN TOUCH! Email colmkavanagh1967@gmail.com or contact Arklow Music and Arts here.


Posted October 27, 2017.

Free Music Programme At The Vault

 If you are between the ages of 12 and 24, and are interested in learning how to play guitar, bass guitar or ukele, then The Vault is the place for you!  And it's FREE!

Under the guidance of a trio of local musicians - Paddy Mallen, Harry Caomhánach and Ronan McCauley - The Vault is set to commence with a new weekly FREE MUSIC PROGRAMME, every Wednesday evening, for two hours, from 7pm till 9pm.

Lessons are available whether you are a beginner or advanced.

The FREE MUSIC PROGRAMME also welcomes singers and songwriters, keyboard players and drummers, bands, duo and solo acts.

With their extensive knowledge and involvement in the music scene, the team can help all interested parties to reach a higher level..

The team have guitars, amps, a drum kit, and even a stage set up in our practice room.

If you have any instruments lying around in the attic, the team be very grateful to have them donated, and put to good use.  

This is an amazing opportunity for any teenager to gain confidence and learn an instrument in a safe and friendly environment.

We want to help put our beautiful town back on the map as the number one musical town in Ireland.

For any queries please call (0402) 39646.


Posted October 25, 2017.

Councillors On The Fiddle!

No, it's not quite a "Willie O'Dea moment" with our local elected representatives........but the headline grabbed your attention nonetheless!  

Our thanks to Arklow Municipal District, our elected representatives, District Administrator Linda McDonald and the staff at AMD,  as Kansas city based band The Elders were afforded a civic reception last evening.

The Elders are fronted by our own Ian  Byrne (son of the late Tommy and May Byrne), and for many years now he and his band have returned to Irish shores, bringing with them a massive entourage of American visitors.  This year proved no different, with a record number of visitors coming to Arklow (and maybe Avoca!).

The bond that has been created over the years with many of our US based visitors cannot be overstated - and they keep coming back; Arklow now their second home!

To recognise and acknowledge this,  Arklow Municipal District hosted a civic reception on Tuesday evening,  where all members of The Elders received a bespoke gift, created by local artist  Brendan Tracey.

 The band then performed a song from their new album "True", the charming "Going To Arklow" - a song which has become massively popular amongst The Elders' fanbase stateside.

Later in the evening, over at Arklow Bay Hotel, the band hit the stage to do what they do best, with AMA and Nolan House Rathdrum the beneficiaries of all monies raised.

Our thanks at AMA to The Elders and their many 'Elderberries' who travelled many miles to come to Arklow.  See y'all next year!

Keep up to date with The Elders at www.eldersmusic.com


Posted October 25, 2017.

Remembering Kynoch's - Relive The Concert: NEW DVD!

Relive the memorable "Remembering Kynoch's" concert on DVD, capturing what was an enthralling evening of superb entertainment.

The centenary concert took place in Sts. Mary and Peter's Church on Arklow's Main Street, on the one hundredth anniversary of "the night Arklow shook".   On September 21, 1917 a massive explosion shook Arklow's northern coastline, at the Kynoch Munitions factory.  Twenty seven men lost their lives that evening.  Arklow Music and Arts were honoured to host a concert remembering Kynoch's.

DVD's are available for just €10 each,  on sale at Kavanagh's Wexford Road, Arklow.


Posted October 23, 2017.