Artists make their voices heard as Castle Delights Open Mic party returns to Morriscastle

After a three-year hiatus, the Open Mic night at Castle Delights cafe in Morriscastle finally made a comeback and talented people from Wexford and beyond were ready to make their voices heard.

Hosted by local writer Álanna Hammel, the event brought together 30 people to share and listen to music, poetry, readings, spoken word and more in the relaxed setting of the cafe’s garden. According to Álanna, the event was a great success and everyone was delighted to see her return.

“There was a lot more choice than ever at this event. There were people playing songs or music that I had never heard before. There were people from around Morriscastle that I didn’t had never met before,” she said. lots of local writers including Chris Black from Blackwater and Anne Ireton from Gorey. Many of those who were there published work in the Wexford Bohemian, and many who were there are in the Gorey Writers and Hollyfort Writers groups. We also had the musicians come from Cork and Kilkenny, and even had two people who traveled from Kildare to come and listen.

“People have really enjoyed it. Lately I’ve found that when I’ve been driving around town and village, people have been asking me when it’s going to restart. It’s great to have it back.”

Wexford’s Shane Hurley also played in the evening, which helped wrap up the evening with some original songs.

More information about the next event can be found on the Castle Delights Facebook page.

“It’s open to anyone, including stand-ups, writers, poets, spoken word artists, anything. If anyone’s nervous, we can get musicians to support them. Anyone who wants to play or just listening is welcome”, says Álanna.

Castle Delights Open Mic parties were set up by Álanna in 2018 with the aim of providing a unique social activity for locals. They quickly grew in popularity, with over 60 people attending some of the events in 2019.

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