A look at the close links between the town of Wexford and music.
In the RTÉ Guide Norris Davison wrote about the film 'A Prospect of Wexford South' which he directed and scripted. Rather than focusing on the entire County of Wexford,
I decided to take a view of the southern, portion a "prospect" in the 18th and 19th century pictorial sense.
The object of this film,
Is to use pictorial compositions to illustrate the works of the Wexford man who is the product of invaders and settlers married into the Irish, and to show how he manifests his hard-working, ingenious and imaginative self.
(RTÉ Guide, December 3, 1971, Vol.8, No.49, p.17).
In this extract, Norris Davison illustrates the ties between Wexford and music.
Anastasia Codd, the mother of Irish Poet, Thomas Moore is said to have lived in the house that is now Mythen’s pub in the centre of Wexford Town. The bar is often frequented by visitors attending the Wexford Opera Festival, first established in 1951.
In September 1970 a different sort of festival came to Wexford when Frank Sinnott organised the first Festival of Living Music . Six months later he organised the second Festival of Living Music in Wexford which took place from 18-20 March 1971. Wexford Corporation opened a campsite for the festival goers.
Acts on the bill included Fairport Convention, The Strawbs, Danny Doyle, The Chieftains and Tír na nÓg . Jazz rock/fusion band Contiuum, led by Hungarian multi-instrumentalist Yoel Schwarcz played in the Dun Mhuire Hall on the final day of the festival. There were also some classical performances including one by the RTÉ String Quartet. The festival compère was John Peel.
‘A Prospect of Wexford South’ was first broadcast on 7 December 1971. The narrator is Norris Davison.