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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Earlier this year Waterford Youth Arts decided to finally make a move into the music field and in particular the whole area of original music inc. pop, indie, rock and also the support of trad music. To this end they advertised under the Jobbridge programme for a music coordinator to help create the conditions to help young local musicians and songwriters. There was a huge interest in the position and Ken Lally emerged as the successful candidate. Originally from Dublin he has been on the rock music scene here in Waterford for many years playing with various bands. He was instrumental in helping the emergence of various music sessions in the Wacky Apple and the Electric Avenue.

Initially Ken has aimed to make contact with young musicians locally through music teachers, music support groups, school teachers and youth organisations. Then he

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Maxol is at the heart of Spraoi again this year. Featuring headliners O Emperor (Saturday) and Jam Tarts Orchestra (Sunday) the Maxol Plaza Stage at The Quay will be the pulsating musical heart of the 21st Waterford Spraoi.

Expect an array of world music over two days. Fans of The Gypsy Kings are in for a treat. Remember The Cambert Quartet at early events run by Spraoi? – they're back for the 21st and are as musically brilliant as ever.

Here at Waterford Today opinion is divided on our choice of 'must-see' bands. On everyone's list are: Tankus The Henge, Brassroots and Lazy Habits.

The Pullup Orchestra, pictured, are also sure to swing in the sunshine - check-em out on You Tube.

Hogan who plays on Sunday, was Ian Dempsey's single-of-the-week recently, so well worth a listen. Speaking of critical notice; local heroes O

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

The Barrack Street Concert Band will hold their annual Flag Weekend on 12th, 13th and 14th July with members of the band collecting on the streets and at the churches. The band would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Waterford, who have so generously supported them in the past, and look forward to their continued support.

The band will take a short break after the flag weekend but will be back for a busy programme in August when they play a very active part in the Spraoi Weekend festivities. They will return, by popular demand, on 10th August to play at the Duncannon Sand-sculpting Festival and on 31st perform at a Garden Party in Maypark Nursing Home.

The band is busy preparing for the annual concert at the Theatre Royal on 29th November. Along with some very special

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

There'll be blood, sweat and tears at Forum Waterford for the month of July when people from all over the South East get ready to rumble and take to the ring to raise money for local charities.

After six weeks of intensive training with coaches from all over the South East, 80 boxers, male and female, will lace up their gloves at Forum Waterford to compete in front of a crowd of enthusiastic followers and take part in the Waterford's first ever White Collar Boxing Tournament. White Collar boxing is one of the biggest adrenaline crazes to hit Ireland in recent times and this is a great opportunity to experience the intensity of a fight night first hand.

It promises to be an excellent month's entertainment and not only will

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

This years Imagine Arts Festival is looking good with a lot of exciting plans happening in all the various art forms from 17th to 27th October. The committee meet throughout the year to help keep the show on the road and there have been a few additions this year to the voluntary team (see list below). Highlights so far include another fantastic trad weekend with Dervish headlining.

On the music front also there is something for everyone with Jazz highlights including the visit of Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and also from the UK of legendary guitarist John Etheridge who was the guitarist with Soft Machine but has played with everyone incl. John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Nigel Kennedy, and countless others. There is also great news for lovers of Folk with the first time visit to Waterford of

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust, based at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH), has announced Jeffrey Gormly as its Artist in Residence for 2013. Jeffrey will be based in the WHAT Centre for Arts in Health from June to December this year. The residency programme enables artists to forge closer links with the hospital community through direct engagement of patients, staff and visitors in creative projects.

During the residency, Jeffrey will explore the theme of affirmations. According to the artist, "I am aiming to create 12 Affirmations, like 12 Stations on the journey to death and resurrection, or the twelve labours of Hercules. They mark my path through the hospital life. They acknowledge, authorise and affirm the creative power within everyone, available for pleasure, healing, and creating

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Saturday 6th July is one that has us excited as we welcome one of Waterford's most unique bands to the stage, The Forkin Spoon are an eclectic mix of some of the cities most talented musicians.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

It is an interesting combination that for some reason just works the 5 piece cover band cover all genres of music from traditional Irish to the prodigy and they sport a powerful 5 part harmony vocals, guitars, bass, banjo, fiddle, bouzouki, whistle and a lively up beat feel to keep you on your toes

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

It's where the majority of the cities music fans like to finish off their weekend and this Sunday July 7th is no different as the wonderfully wacky Jam Tarts launch a musical assault that will leave your toes tingling and the oulde head hoping. The Jam Tarts are a very popular four-piece group who have been on the live scene for over ten years. Playing various pubs and clubs in the South East and being regular headliners at local and national festivals, this band has established a large and loyal (if somewhat crazy) following.

The Tarts play a variety of covers ranging from The Beatles and The Monkees to The Cure and The Stone Roses, from Al Green and Smokey Robinson to Prince and Iggy Pop (with a little bit of Andy Williams meets Michael Jackson). With a line up consisting

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

We all know and love the big big tunes from the 90's and this Saturday 6th July at Crystal nightclub Beat 102 103 celebrate their 10th birthday with their massive Old School Sunday Club tour. You asked, and they listened.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old School Sunday legend and all around nice guy Ray C will be on hand to transport you a by gone era, also on the night we have Beat Breakfasts Niall Power, between the two guys they have enough 90's tracks to keep you dancing into the wee small hours. So get your bootie on the dance floor and party the night away to Ray C's best tunes of

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Friday 5th July welcomes the Saucebirds back to Waterford's No.1 Live venue, Shortt's and once more we will be guaranteed another slick performance, since the bands conception a few months back they have been working hard to cement themselves as one of Waterford's most sought after live acts.. . . . . . . . . . .

Their set list comprises of brit pop classics through to gritty rock anthems all of which combined with some serious musical talent makes for nothing short of a show not to be missed.

Waterfords newest cover band The Saucebirds is not new to Waterford audiences at all. The band consists of five talented handpicked musicians who have played the Waterford music scene over the years with Soul Reazon, Beef, Resin, The Remedees, Empire and Mad Ferritt.

Picking the best rocking tunes from these sets including

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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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