For their first theatre gig since lockdown, The Cáca Milis Cabaret will celebrate our ability to perform in a real theatre for a real audience with a costumed night of the arts for Halloween. In full costume drag (prizes for best costumes) audience members and performers are encouraged to dress up!
Keeping with a traditional theme for Celtic New Year’s, cabaret founder and hostess Helena Mulkerns will call up the spirits with a sean nós to kick off. There will be some new material from piano man Josh Johnston, and from the Summer Voices series of emerging talent showcase gigs at the Wexford Arts Centre, burgeoning singer-songwriter talent Lily Elizabeth joins us with a debut selection of songs.
Stepping up for Spoken Word, showman, journo, poet, author and arts facilitator Tom Mooney will be joining us fresh off a broadcast of “Sunday Miscellaney” last week, to read from new original work. Tom most recently programmed the Jazz at Johnstown event, co-ordinated Poetry Town for Poetry Ireland, and is programming the Wexford Arts Festival. We’re delighted to give him the spotlight on our cabaret stage.
Expect excellent traditional music from Carraig Rua, comprised of five family members plus friends – along with cabaret stalwart Marion McEvoy. In addition to playing a multitude of instruments, the band boasts several champion Irish dancers and all-Ireland winning singers, and was formed during the Covid lockdown. So get your feet ready to tap and enjoy, in addition, some wild Sean Nós dances from mother daughter dance team, Deirdre and Lisa Doran.
Ciné Sweetcake this time out presents the award-winning, broadly acclaimed The Ferry, a short film from Niall McKay and Marissa Aroy of Media Factory. Long-listed for the American Academy Awards, its story of a woman returning to a former mother and baby home is both moving and full of warmth. The film makers will be present to introduce the film.
Jazz performer, song writer and music educator Melanie O’Reilly is known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for her vocal prowess and her radio broadcasts on jazz history and performance. She performs a special set tonight of original work and some unique Celtic jazz – honey-toned and perfect for the occasion.
As always, the festive atmosphere of Samhain reigns and we’ll have an excellent first prize for costume from Ten West, the elegant new restaurant at 10 Westgate, Ferrybank South in Wexford. More prizes too, from local businesses and the Wexford Arts Centre, so don’t forget to dress up before you come down!
Book your tickets early as you can, as seating is limited, at:
Find out more at: www.CacaMilis.org