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