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From ancient festivals in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to modern day merry-making, Laois has enjoyed a party more than most for thousands of years. With over 60 events happening each month , you are most definitely invited to celebrate with us.
And from major international music weekends to local fiestas covering everything from scarecrows and storytelling, to drama and literature, you’re sure to find your tribe. For the outdoor enthusiast there’s weekly guided walks, runs and cycles. Come join us as we celebrate the length and breadth of the county – morning, noon, and night…

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Country Music in Laois: Hank Wangford and the Messages

22nd September @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Looking for country music events in Laois? Check out alt-country star Hank Wangford and the Messages at Stradbally Library.

On Culture Night, Friday, September 22nd, 2023, at 9.30pm, the legendary Suffolk native will bring his unique, twisted blend of country and western music to the people of Laois, playing tunes from his latest album Holey Holey and forthcoming release Promises Promises. Admission is free.

Country Music in Laois: Hank Wangford and the Messages

Iconic C&W legend Hank Wangford comes to Stradbally Library on Culture Night, Friday, September 22nd, 2023, at 9.30pm for a live show with his band, the Messages.

The twisted Godfather of the English alternative country music scene has been picking at the dark and troubled soul of country music for more than thirty years. The show will feature songs from Hank’s latest album Holey Holey, and shiny new tracks from his forthcoming album, Promises Promises.

This is the latest of a long list of Irish gigs for Hank – he joined forces with Leitrim writer and performer Seamus O’Rourke, for two Irish shows last year.

Looking for more live music events in Laois? You’ll find a list of the top arts attractions here. And you can check out the full range of events in our handy What’s On guide!


22nd September
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm