John McCullagh April 28, 2004

Warrenpoint has suddenly become our cultural Mecca!  No sooner are we over the huge triumph of the All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals [Confined] that we are pitched straight into the Blues on the Bay Festival!

Now I’ve made it clear before that I consider this Festival to be the highlight of the cultural year and the best event that Newry & Mourne Council ever sponsored.  The chief sponsor is of course Guinness and I can personally recommend a pint or two of cold flow from any of the ten venues.  These are

Balmoral  Jack Ryans  Square Peg  Bennetts  Duke
Shenahigans  First & Last  Foresters  Victoria  Finns

As always the talented and experienced organisers have lined up an array of guests to beat the band!  I will immediately admit to total ignorance on the specialist subject of The Blues, but they have even laid on Workshops [History of The Blues; Blues Guitar Techniques; Percussion] for all abilities, with spectators very welcome.

Journal will try to acquire the services of a specialist critic to review a number of the showcase events and artists/groups.  I know that my wife and I, and our extended party will finish anyway in Bennetts on Saturday 29 May with Rev Doc and the Congregation.  Kieran and his troupe have become friends as well as favourites over the years and Bennetts is our favourite venue.

Closer to the time I will advise you more about the upcoming events.  The Brochure is available now from all local Tourist offices.  Don’t miss it! 


 

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