Music Network announces Spring 2017 season

25 November 2016

Music Network’s Spring 2017 season features an exciting new collaboration performing music and songs from Ireland and Scotland, one of the UK's most in demand jazz ensembles, sublime chamber music from an intriguing French classical duo, a very special tour that brings together four of Ireland’s most gifted female violinists for the first time and concludes with an American string band superstar. This diverse selection of world-class Irish and international musicians will tour to 20 towns and villages across 16 counties in over forty concerts from January to May as part of Music Network’s Spring 2017 season. Details at musicnetwork.ie.

Describing what’s on offer, Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston explained, “In January, we welcome the dream line up of Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain and Padraig Rynne, joining forces in a spirited celebration of folk music's endless ability to reinvent itself. Next up is the bold, edgy sound of Dinosaur, led by trumpeter Laura Jurd, one of Britain’s rising jazz stars, and backed by a powerful rhythm section in a heady concoction of folk, jazz, rock and Miles Davis cool.”

She continues: “In March, drink in the honeyed tones of French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand performing with long-term collaborator and acclaimed recitalist Pascal Amoyel on piano. These two artists make a terrific duo, bringing real passion to everything they play. There’s another night of serendipity in store in April as our second classical tour brings together Leaders and Associate Leaders of Ireland's most prestigious orchestras for the first time - Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan and Helena Wood – in an all-violin quartet. In a fitting climax to the season we are proud to present the wildly virtuosic playing of Darol Anger and his all-star ensemble, Republic of Strings. Toes are sure to tap as this cutting edge crew whip through a hoedown, a waltz and grooving swing tune in quick succession.”

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible, giving Irish audiences the chance to experience the very best in international chamber, jazz and traditional music in venues throughout Ireland at affordable prices. All tours are co-promoted with a network of valued partner promoters across the country in order to develop local capacity to provide musical activity. In addition, Music Network connects its tours with music education programmes involving Music Generation participants, second and third level students, Music Capital Scheme awardees, and music schools across the country.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin concerts range from €10 – €20 (including free programme) and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at www.musicnetwork.ie. Season tickets including all five Dublin concerts are available from €65.