Inaugural Fringe Festival Announced for New Ross Piano Festival


An inaugural Fringe Festival to the annual New Ross Piano Festival has been announced, the ‘Ebony and Irony Fringe Festival’ in New Ross Co. Wexford was developed as an addendum to the already very successful New Ross Piano Festival. Which takes place for the ninth year from September 25th – 28th this year.


The ethos of the Ebony and Irony Fest is to join forces with the already established Piano Festival and expand on the events and programme on offer to create a weekend for the whole family.

General Manager of the Brandon House Hotel and co-ordinator of the Ebony and Irony Festival, Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit said: “In order for festivals to be able to access and have continued support from various agencies like Failte Ireland, they must attract a wider audience year on year, and create and increase in visitor numbers. We decided to give a hand by creating this event, in conjunction with the local businesses, and the support of the Chamber of Commerce, to assist in expanding the offering of the Piano Festival to even wider audiences.”

The Ebony & Irony Fringe Fest has a full programme of events, kicking off with a Piano Dual between local and renowned Wexford Pianist Toddy Walsh, and South African pianist Brynmore van Wyk. “Something akin to Zorro meets Liberace” with drama, humour and flare at 9pm on Friday 26 September – followed by continued piano and sing-a-longs.

Saturday is for the whole family, with workshops in various crafts, Looming, satire and humour, art, music syncopation and the list goes on – all in the name of fun. There will also be a full day of activities in Craft Central on the Quay, the Dunbrody Famine Ship as well as participating businesses and St Michael’s Theatre.

For the more active the annual Brandon House Hotel Hill run has been scheduled for 11am, in the morning, and this year it will form part of the Jack and Jill Foundation Hill Climb fundraiser.

Saturday evening 9pm at the Brandon House Hotel the day ends with a stand up comedy night featuring two new and upcoming comedians. Fabu D is a Nigerian born comedian from Dublin that has built up quite the reputation on both sides of the border for his acerbic observations of Irish society, especially the Dublin community, and Steve Bennett – a native of Portlaoise who’s musical comedy has already delighted audiences in New Ross in the past. This will be followed by music, and some more entertainment on the resident piano. This is a strictly adults only event with strong language.

The Sunday will see the Fringe Fest end with the help of Guinness who has proudly engaged supported the festival, to celebrate their very own black and white offering in support of the Ebony & Irony Fringe Fest with an afternoon of live music. Weather permitting.

There are also two competitions running in conjunction with this event. There is an amateur black and white photographic competition in three age categories (U12, U18 and Adult Open) – closing date 24 September 2014, as well as a Ironic Crossword Contest in association with the People Newspaper group (closing date 25 September)

ALL events are €5 per entry, and tickets can be bought at the Brandon House Hotel & Spa, or online at For more details on the event and the most up to date programme, please visit the website, or email or call 051-421703.


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