Music Network Announces Spring 2018 Season

15 November 2017

Music Network announces Spring 2018 season
 

Music Network’s Spring 2018 season offers an exciting mix of tours featuring the very best of Irish and international musicians. We open the season with a specially curated collaboration featuring four luminaries from Irish traditional super-groups Altan, Dervish, Solas and Arcady. In February we are delighted to present one of the UK’s finest and most innovative jazz saxophonists, followed in March by the most recent winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. Two of classical music’s brightest young stars join forces for a new collaboration in April and the season comes to an exuberant close in May with another specially curated line-up showcasing contemporary and traditional songs alongside polkas, slides and waltzes from the wilds of Kerry and Scotland. All this and two new Music Network commissions by Irish composers Siobhan Cleary and Benjamin Dwyer for our March and April tours! This diverse selection of world-class Irish and international musicians will perform 44 concerts in 19 towns and villages across 14 counties from January to May 2018. More details at musicnetwork.ie.
 
Describing what’s on offer, Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston explains, “The season begins in epic form with a gathering of titans from trad super-groups Arcady, Altan, Dervish and Solas – vocalist Niamh Parsons, fiddler Ciarán Tourish, flautist Liam Kelly and guitar virtuoso John Doyle. In February, there are supple melodies and earthy grooves aplenty as the latest ensemble project from award-winning saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes showcases music from her highly-acclaimed album My Iris, backed by UK jazz stalwarts Chris Montague, pianist/organist Ross Stanley and drummer James Maddren”.
 
She continues: “Then brace yourself for an edge-of-the-seat performance from the extraordinary Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva, who caught global attention on the classical scene after winning the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015. April brings a unique coming together of two of classical music’s brightest stars as Franco-Spanish guitarist Thibaut Garcia and German cellist Isang Enders give a masterclass in understated beauty, while in May vocalists Heidi Talbot and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, aided and abetted by award winning multi-instrumentalist John McCusker and guitarist Paul Meehan, bring the season to a suitably high-spirited close”
 
Music Network has commissioned Siobhán Cleary and Benjamin Dwyer to compose new works especially for the March and April classical tour programmes. They will receive their premiere performances at venues in Dublin and Wexford respectively. These projects continue Music Network’s work of actively commissioning and touring new works by Irish composers, and promoting existing works within relevant concert programmes.
 
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, and Classical Bundles for both concerts in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street are priced from €25. Booking fees apply.
 
[Editors: please note that detailed touring dates and concert programmes follow.]
 
Music Network presents Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly and John Doyle (Ireland)
On tour 9 – 20 January 2018

 
Niamh Parsons, voice
Ciarán Tourish, fiddle/whistle
Liam Kelly, flute/whistle
John Doyle, guitar/voice
 
“Exquisite singing” – The Guardian [on Parsons]
“Sligo has a reputation for its richly rhythmic flute style, and Dervish’s Liam Kelly is one of its finest exponents” – The Irish times
“A tremendous musician” – Hot Press [on Tourish]
“No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now” – The Wall Street Journal [on Doyle]
 
Time to come in from the cold and gather round as four leading lights of Irish trad join forces in what promises to be an unforgettable tour. At the forefront of the Irish music scene for over 25 years, they’ve performed in every corner of the globe. Leading the charge is Arcady’s Niamh Parsons, a peerless balladeer with one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music.

Donegal fiddle maestro and long-time member of Altan, Ciarán Tourish is fêted for his incendiary improvisation and cascading arpeggios, providing the perfect foil for the invention and rhythmic drive of flautist Liam Kelly. A founder member of Dervish, Kelly is equally at home trading riffs with James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club or Sting. Add to the mix John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, heard on recordings by Solas, Joan Baez, Usher’s Island, Linda Thompson and Tim O’Brien among others, and you’ll find no finer musical company to carry you through January with a light heart and a skip in your step.

On tour 9 – 20 January 2018

  • Tuesday 9th January, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €15 / €10, 01-4750224 / thesugarclub.com (booking fees apply). Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 10th January, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €16 / €9 (u 18s), 071-9161518 / hawkswell.com
  • Thursday 11th January, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 (on the door), 095-21699 (info only). Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Friday 12th January, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14 / €8 (children u.13), 057-9122911 / birrtheatre.com
  • Saturday 13th January, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 01 2724030 / mermaidartscentre.ie
  • Sunday 14th January, National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie
  • Tuesday 16th January, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 / €12, 021-4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie
  • Wednesday 17th January, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €16 / €12, 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie
  • Thursday 18th January, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €17 / €14, 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com
  • Friday 19th January, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 041-9833946 / droichead.com
  • Saturday 20th January, Kinnegar Brewery, Ballyraine Industrial Estate, Letterkenny, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 / €12, 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com

 
Music Network presents the Trish Clowes Quartet (UK)
On tour 6 – 11 February 2018

 
Trish Clowes, saxes
Chris Montague, guitar
Ross Stanley, piano/hammond organ 
James Maddren, drums
 
“Awesome foursome – The Observer 
“Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist” – The Telegraph
“Musical wizardry” – All About Jazz [on My Iris]
“Whatever planet Trish Clowes and her band were on when they recorded this, I want to be there!” – BBC Radio 3 [on My Iris]
 
Save the date for this intriguing quartet fronted by the adventurous Trish Clowes, BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. An agile improviser and songwriter in the mould of Wayne Shorter, Clowes has been much lauded for her melodic imagination and ”magisterial” tone. Previously known for genre-bending collaborations with improvising string quartets and orchestras, her take on jazz is playful, engaging – and hugely accomplished.
 
Clowes is joined by a trio of long-term collaborators showcasing original tunes from the saxophonist’s highly-acclaimed fourth album My Iris: the impeccable James Maddren on drums, award-winning Troyka guitarist Chris Montague, and keyboard virtuoso Ross Stanley, who has played with such jazz luminaries as Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Stan Sulzman and John Parricelli, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio.
 
On tour 6 – 11 February 2018

  • Tuesday 6th February, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €15 / €10 (students), 01-4750224 / thesugarclub.com (booking fees apply). Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 7th February, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €17 / €14, 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com
  • Thursday 8th February, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 / €12, 021-4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie
  • Friday 9th February, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 01-2724030 / mermaidartscentre.ie
  • Saturday 10th February, The Model, Sligo, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €15 / €9 (GoSee), 071-9141405 / themodel.ie. Promoted by Sligo Jazz Project
  • Sunday 11th February, National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie

 
Music Network presents Anna Tsybuleva, piano (Russia)
On tour 1 – 11 March 2018

 
“Superb pianism and intelligent musicianship” – Gramophone 
“Absorbing” – The Times
“A born performer” – International Piano Magazine
 
Winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015, Anna Tsybuleva has astounded audiences and critics alike with her daring and bravura-filled interpretations of classic works. Her muscular, rhythmic playing and overtly nuanced attack give every accent a meaning, infusing the most well-worn pieces with modernity and breathing new life into neglected works.
 
A born performer, Tsybuleva clearly relishes every second at the keyboard while captivating the audience with her expressive playing and wonderfully enigmatic sense of humour. Since her success in Leeds, Tsybuleva has performed a string of engagements as a soloist with many of Europe’s leading ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
 
Programme:
 
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
 
Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44
 
Three Mazurkas, Op. 59
1. Moderato in A minor
2. Allegretto in A-flat major
3. Vivace in F-sharp minor
 
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
 
Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
 
Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 No. 1
 
Siobhan Cleary (b. 1970)    
New commission by Music Network
 
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
"The Seasons" Op. 37 bis

1. January: By The Fireside
2. February: Carnaval
3. March: Song Of The Lark
4. April: Snowdrop
5. May: May Nights
6. June: Barcarolle
7. July: Song Of The Reaper
8. August: The Harvest
9. September: The Hunt
10. October: Autumn Song
11. November: Troika
12. December: Christmas
 
On tour 1 – 11 March 2018

  • Thursday 1st March, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €15 / €10 (students), 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie (booking fees apply). Promoted by Music Network
  • Saturday 3rd March, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, 8:30 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 0402-38529 / courthousearts.ie
  • Sunday 4th March, Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, 3:00 p.m. Tickets €20, 028 33752 or 086 2264797. Promoted by St. Barrahane's Church Festival of Music
  • Tuesday 6th March, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €16 / €12, 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie
  • Wednesday 7th March, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €17 / €14, 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com
  • Thursday 8th March, Triskel Christchurch , Cork, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 / €12, 021-4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie
  • Saturday 10th March, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8:00 p.m. Ticket €15 / €12, 045-448327 / riverbank.ie
  • Sunday 11th March, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 / €12, 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com

 
Music Network presents Thibaut Garcia, guitar, and Isang Enders, cello (France/Germany)
On tour 22 April – 1 May 2018

 
Thibaut Garcia, guitar
Isang Enders, cello
 
“Ensuring a bright future for classical guitar” – Gramophone [on Garcia]
“Virtuosity, good taste, knowledge and originality” - BBC Music Magazine [on Enders]
“Striking and assured” – Classical Guitar Magazine [on Garcia]
“Isang Enders’ recording of the Bach Suites is an amazing document of musical maturity” – Radio Bremen
 
Prepare to be charmed by the quiet charisma and innate musicality of this thrilling new duo comprising Franco-Spanish guitarist Thibaut Garcia and German cellist Isang Enders, both young artists with rapidly-growing international reputations.
 
Recently dubbed “the new face of classical guitar”, 23-year-old Garcia has already cut a swathe through the world’s foremost guitar competitions — taking firsts in six of them — thanks to his gossamer light touch, wonderfully sensitive interpretations and a repertoire ranging from Piazzolla and Piaf  to world premieres of compositions by composers such as Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Vincent A. Jockin.
 
At the age of 20, Isang Enders was appointed principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle, making him the youngest section leader in Germany. Noted for his clear, penetrating tone and his big-hearted, dynamic performances, Enders has quickly established a name for himself working with such eminent conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta and Vasily Petrenko.
 
Programme:

Dušan Bogdanović (b. 1955)
4 Pièces Intimes
1. Prière
2. Mouvement
3. La harpe de David
4. Chant
 
Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966)
Suite for Solo Cello 
1. Preludio - Fantasia
2. Sardana - Danza
3. Intermezzo e Danza Finale
 
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
12 Danzas Españolas Op. 37, Vol. 2 No. 5, 'Andaluza'
Intermezzo from the Opera “Goyescas” H.65
12 Danzas Españolas Op. 37, Vol. 1 No. 2, 'Oriental'
 
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
 
Benjamin Dwyer (b. 1965)
New commission by Music Network
 
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Mvt. I, Ária: Cantilena
 
Stephen Goss (b.1964)
Park of Idols
1. Jump Start
2. Cold Dark Matter
3. Fractured Loop
4. Malabar Hill
5. The Raw
6. Sharjah
 
On tour 22 April – 1 May 2018

  • Sunday 22nd April, St. Iberius Church, Wexford, 3:30 p.m. Tickets €17 / €14 (concession) / €5 (students), 053-9122144 (National Opera House) / nationaloperahouse.ie. Promoted by Music for Wexford
  • Monday 23rd April, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €17 / €14, 094-9023733 / thelinenhall.com
  • Wednesday 25th April, St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €15 / €10 (students), 01-4750224 / musicnetwork.ie. (booking fees apply) Promoted by Music Network
  • Thursday 26th April, Cork School of Music (Curtis Auditorium), Cork, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 (Students, on door only), corkorchestralsociety.ie. Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society
  • Friday 27th April, City Hall (Georgian Large Room), Waterford, 7:30 p.m. Tickets €15 / €5 (Students) (on the door only). Promoted by Waterford Music
  • Sunday 29th April, Siamsa Tíre, Town Park, Tralee, 3:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €13, 066-7123055 / siamsatire.com
  • Monday 30th April, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 (on the door), 095 21699 (info only). Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Tuesday 1st May, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €16 / €12, 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie

 
Music Network presents Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, John McCusker and Paul Meehan (Ireland/Scotland/Northern Ireland)
On tour 8 – 20 May 2018

 
Heidi Talbot, voice/ukulele
Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, voice/accordion
John McCusker, violin/whistles
Paul Meehan, guitar
 
“Simply vocal heaven” – The Sunday Times [on Talbot]
“Ó Beaglaoich’s voice shimmers” – The Irish Times
“One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians” – The Guardian [on McCusker]
“outstanding’’ – Folk World [on Meehan]
 
Rejoice in the energetic polkas and slides of West Kerry and waltzes, marches and reels from Scotland, as four folk musicians at the top of their game come together for the very first time. Chanteuse Heidi Talbot has garnered rave reviews for her live performances, both with Cherish the Ladies and as featured soloist with Idlewild, King Creosote and Eddi Reader among others, and the pairing of her expressive vocals with the extraordinary voice of trad maestro Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich is a match made in heaven.
 
Winner of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, John McCusker goes where other trad musicians fear to tread, sharing a stage with the likes of Paul Weller, Roseanne Cash, Paolo Nutini, Teenage Fanclub and Eddi Reader in addition to being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band since 2008. Completing this stellar line-up is Manchester-born guitarist Paul Meehan, who has toured with such high profile bands as Lúnasa, Na Dorsa, North Cregg and Buille.
 
Unmissable!
 
On tour 8 – 20 May 2018

  • Tuesday 8th May, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €15 / €10 (students), 01-4750224 / thesugarclub.com (booking fees apply). Promoted by Music Network
  • Wednesday 9th May, St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, 8:00 p.m., Tickets €15 / €12, 068-22566, www.stjohnstheatre.com
  • Thursday 10th May, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €16, 021-4272022 / triskelartscentre.ie
  • Friday 11th May, The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, 8:30 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 0402- 38529 / courthousearts.ie
  • Saturday 12th May, Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, Co. Cork. Promoted by Baltimore Fiddle Fair Booking details to announced onwww.fiddlefair.com
  • Tuesday 15th May, Station House Theatre, Clifden, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 (on the door), 095-21699 (info only). Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
  • Wednesday 16th May, Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €18 / €16 / €9 (u 18s), 071-9161518 / hawkswell.com
  • Thursday 17th May, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, 8:00 p.m., Tickets €15 / €12, 045-448327 / riverbank.ie
  • Friday 18th May, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €15 / €12, 074-9120777 (An Grianán) / regionalculturalcentre.com
  • Saturday 19th May, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €20 / €16 / €12, 01-2312929 / paviliontheatre.ie
  • Sunday 20th May, National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford, 8:00 p.m. Tickets €16 / €14, 053-9122144 / nationaloperahouse.ie

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