The Elders And Large US Entourage Arrive In Arklow!

It may well be a few months since Americans enjoyed their Fourth of July celebrations, but Arklow is readying itself for a mini invasion later this week with the arrival of noted Irish American folk rock band The Elders; bringing with them a following in excess of three hundred fans.

The Elders are of course fronted by Avoca-born Ian Byrne, and have carved out a unique place in US Americana folklore with their music, notably through live performance, and for many years now they have paid an annual visit to the four corners of Ireland.

Sadly, the band have decided to call it a day upon the completion of their latest tour, which sees them performing for the very last time at Arklow’s Bay Hotel, November 9.

The influx of so many American visitors to the Arklow area will provide a welcome boost to the local economy, and Arklow Music and Arts are delighted to have provided a platform for the visitors, with the visit arguably the highlight of the Irish tour.

Friday night's concert is a dual fundraiser for both Arklow Music and Arts, in their drive to secure the provision for a performance arts space in the town, and also Nolan House, in Rathdrum.

However, the band is not intending to bow out quietly, and have promised a spectacular show.

A number of special guests have been added to the evening’s entertainment. Tickets are priced at €10 each and are available from the Arklow Bay Hotel reception; Kavanagh’s Wexford Road; Plain and Pearl, Lower Main Street; and The Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street.

Admission on the evening without a ticket is €12.

Arklow Music and Arts are indebted to the generosity of The Elders and their many fans who have contributed immensely to our campaign to secure a venue - and we ask that the people of Arklow and surrounding area come out to enjoy a great night of music.

To our many American visitors, may you enjoy your two day stay in our town.

And, Ian Byrne, "great to have you back in the land, you couldn't wait to leave....."

The Elders are back in Arklow, maybe Avoca....!


Posted November 7 2018

Polish Band Carrantouhill To Play Arklow

The Polish-Irish Educational Association is proud to announce that the concert of Carrantouhill - the most renowned Polish band playing Celtic music in English and Polish - will take place in the Arklow Bay Hotel at 7pm on October 14. 

Tickets are on sale at Arklow based M&C Polski Sklep at Castle Park; Polski Sklep Orlik at Wexford Road and at Gorey based Taste of Poland at Esmonde Street.

Tickets will also be available at the door on the night.  Tickets cost €10 each, and children up to 12-year old can gain free admission.


Posted September 24, 2018.

An Evening With The Penstons

Stars of the recent UK & Ireland tour of “The Commitments” and West End performers, Amy and Leah Penston together with their exceptionally talented mother Naoimh Penston, all fresh from their recent appearance on TG4’s “Réalta agus Gaolta”, are set to perform “An Evening with The Penstons”, Thursday 27th September in The Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca, Co. Wicklow at 8pm.

In addition to their busy touring and performing schedules they have come together for “One Night Only” to sing live together. Listen to the enthralling and enchanting voices of Naoimh, Amy and Leah as they take you on a magical journey through a world of ballads and song from old to the new. Be captivated by Mother Ireland to West End Classics with songs to suit all tastes – “Flying Home”, “Don’t Forget Me”, “Men Of Erin”, “Defying Gravity”, “O Mio Babbino Caro”, “The Way We Were”.

Tickets for this one night only performance will be on sale this week from: Kavanagh’s Newsagents, Wexford Road, Arklow; The Woodenbridge Hotel reception; Plain & Pearl (formerly KustomKidz), Lower Main Street Arklow and priced at €15 each. Pre theatre dinner available from the Woodenbridge Hotel at a special rate by contacting the hotel on (0402) 35146.

The Penstons’ concert “Forget Me Not” in The National Concert Hall was a sellout and demand is expected to be the same for this unique evening. Numbers are limited and patrons are urged to purchase their tickets for this “night of magic” as soon as possible.


Posted September 4, 2018.

AMA Press Release 02-09-18


Arklow Music & Arts Group (AMA) is on the crest of a wave at the moment with the announcement of not one but two “Black Box” style theatre venues for the town of Arklow, aptly named as “Asgard Theatre I” and “Asgard Theatre II”, the latter named after the town’s most famous boat. With huge excitement mounting within the group, the creation of new venues will enhance not only Arklow’s artistic landscape but also bring benefit to the local economy.  As a group AMA hopes to aid the town’s upward progression, attracting extra business as a rising tide lifts all.

While AMA has not succeeded in its primary objective, to secure a dedicated theatre and performance arts space, the decision to proceed with “Black Box” initiatives will afford AMA the opportunity to create intimate venues hosting regular events.  AMA also hopes to put Arklow back on the map and restore its reputation as a destination for top class entertainment. Older generations will fondly remember Arklow shining as a beacon of musical light, on the national circuit, with venues like “The Entertainment Centre” and “The Ormonde Hall” attracting top class entertainment and bringing in essential revenue to the local economy.  AMA is already excited to have attracted the interest of an international act, with a view to performing in the new theatre when it opens.

Recently Arklow Music & Arts put the call out to business owners, for anyone with a potential site willing to donate it for free to come forward and get in touch and were delighted to receive two generous offers, each site offering something unique to the experience AMA hopes to provide.

AMA would like to extend gratitude to Declan Kenny from The Harbour Bar, and Noleen Davenport from The Midway, for their generous support and use of their premises for this new venture to help showcase the huge talent and potential in Arklow.

The group is now in a position to move forward and in the months ahead will plan, publish and promote its opening programme of events. 

Making waves on another level is a sponsor who has approached the group with a view to being involved with this wonderful opportunity and venture.

AMA will extend an invitation to our many local performers and groups who are interested in being a part of our grand opening weekend of events, to submit their expression of interest in taking part (date yet to be confirmed) in the weeks ahead.  Please contact any committee member for further details which will appear on AMA’s website – – and on the AMA Facebook page.

Posted September 2 2018

Debut Single Attracting Acclaim For Arklow Youngster

Arklow's Tristan Howard - aka Tristan Da Cunha - has just released his debut single, "Opa", and acclaim has been forthcoming via a lovely write up over on The Thin Air.   Whilst the author waxes lyrical about Tristan's "snug-as-hell swell of homespun bedroom pop" we too in AMA are struck by the seductive charm of "Opa".

Continued success young  man!

Posted August 22, 2018.

AMA Announcement 22-08-18

We have some big news to share.


As the  image here says........"watch this space!"


Posted August 22, 2018.

Silver Band Celebrating Fifty Years

Arklow Shipping Silver Band are celebrating fifty years with a Silver And Gold concert, in St. Saviour's Church.

The concert takes place on Saturday, October  6 - starting at 7.00pm sharp.

The Silver Band will be joined for the evening of  music and memories by an array of musical friends, including the following - Festival Brass,  Cruinniú, Naoimh Penston, John Bonner and Derek Broadbent.

Master of Ceremonies is Paul Sharkey.

Tickets are priced at €10 each and are available from band or Cruinniú members, or at the door on the night.


Posted August 22, 2018.

Best Wishes From Hector!

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance.

This year's event is taking place in  Drogheda, Co. Louth from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th August.  It will feature workshops for young musicians, competitions, concerts, singing, céilí’s and lots of fun throughout the week.

Our chairperson Yvonne Kenny and PRO Colm Moules had the pleasure of meeting Fleadh host Hector Ó'hEochagáin last evening whilst attending a concert by Ulaid, who were joined on stage by Dukes Special.

Hector was delighted to be pictured with our intrepid duo, and wished AMA all the very best in the near future, as we try to secure a performance arts space in the town.

And, who knows...

Arklow might one day host the Fleadh Cheoil!


Posted August 17, 2018.


What's Going On In Arklow?

Arklow Music and Arts wants YOU!

If you are involved with anything to do with music and the arts; 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 or contact Arklow Music and Arts here.


Posted August 17, 2018.

Arklow Music Festival Office Relocation

Please be advised that the Arklow Music Festival Office is situated upstairs over Kearon's Paint & Hardware, Castlepark, opposite the Parish Hall, Árus Lorcáin.

Arklow Music Festival will have a new phone number installed shortly.

Arklow Music Festival would sincerely like to thank the Kearon family for their generosity in providing them with this office space free of charge.


Posted August 16, 2018.

Arklow Through The Eyes Of A Stranger

Arklow Library, August 9th to 31st 2018
An exhibition of work by UCD Landscape Architecture Masters Studio

Part 1 : discoveries (photographs & film) opens August 9th (6pm)
Part 2 : analysis & proposals (plans) opens August 16th (6pm)

Heritage Week 2018 events include a talk, a walk and a tea party

Students of UCD Landscape Architecture have been exploring Arklow and its surroundings. They invite you to join them on a unique visual voyage around town (part 1 of the exhibition) and to reflect on their response to the town (in part 2). They also invite interested Arklow residents to add to their discussions by attending a talk, a walk and a tea party during Heritage Week.

Part 1 of the exhibition features 30 large format photographs and films of the students’ discoveries.

Part 2 of the exhibition consists of drawings, plans, sketches, maps and notebooks prepared by the students in response to the town. Topics include the reThinking of Main Street, What makes a Town Centre? Bring Back the Beaches! Loving Central Park (the marsh), Why can’t I Cycle to School? 1000 Trees (for Arklow’s Other Residents) and Memories of Arklow.

Join Lelia’s tea-party (Thursday 21st August, 16h) to hear about the old times. Discuss the students’ work with them on Tuesday 23rd August, 18h-20h.

For further information please call into Arklow Library,  or email or call Lelia on 083-035-1056.


Posted August 8, 2018.

Arklow Native Adorns The Cover Of Hot Press!

It’s not every day of the week you get to see the face of an Arklow native looking back at you on the magazine stand! Congrats Róisín Murphy!

"Hot Press" is, of course, available at all good newsagents!  (Shameless plug from the secretary!)


Posted August 8, 2018.

Cór na hAbhann Are Hosting Auditions

Arklow based choir Cór na hAbhann  are holding auditions for their tenor and bass line.

If you love singing and fancy joining their group please feel free to get in touch with them via their Facebook page.  PM if interested.  They'd love to hear from you!


Posted August 8, 2018.

AMA Press Release 27-07-18

Arklow Music and Arts (AMA) are delighted to announce its intention to proceed with a Black Box style theatre performance space here in the town.  As the impetus to improve our town gathers pace; a number of groups and bodies in the town are all actively contributing to the growing positivity around Arklow, this is something we would also want to contribute to.  Over the past number of years, since our inception, we have both highlighted the town’s need and demand for a theatrical performance space as well as raise funds to the best of our ability.  We are indebted to the people of the town, the business community, and beyond (most notably some wonderful people residing in the United States of America) for their support.

Some big plans lie in the years ahead for Arklow, and though patience is required, we would like to remind stakeholders that the addition and presence of a fabulous theatre could enhance plans already in place for other projects.  Arklow’s rich musical heritage should never ever be sold short.

In the current climate, economically and socially, it makes sense for AMA to proceed with the creation of a Black Box theatre here in Arklow.  We now invite people or business owners who may have an interest or a suitable venue available, to approach AMA, willing to donate or sponsor the free usage of their premises.

All inquiries please to our secretary Colm Kavanagh, at 087 2020603, or email at


Posted July 27, 2018

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'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.

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


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.