Music Network at Body & Soul 2016

10 May 2016

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Music Network at Body & Soul 2016

Explore exceptional live music at the Woodlands Stage on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June

"...the delicacy of Begley’s voice was beautifully circumnavigated by McKay’s gloriously hip-swivelling harp rhythms and by the deep troughs of Stout’s fiddle lines..." - The Irish Times

“If  you  like  your  sonic  fields  wide  and  cerebral, then  this  is the band for  you” - The Irish Times on OKO

“Christine Tobin is inspiring on her own material. But she is in a class of her own singing Leonard Cohen. Her new version of Everybody Knows is stunning... Gorgeous, affecting and deeply human.” - The Guardian ****

Delve deeper with Music Network at Body & Soul 2016 (Woodlands Stage) on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June and experience a taste of musical riches specially curated to delight those with an inquisitive nature. Discover the wealth of music making on our shores as we present some of Ireland and the UK's finest traditional, classical and improvising musicians. Making live music happen around the country, Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. More at www.musicnetwork.ie.

Opening the Woodlands Stage on Saturday is Irish squeeze box maestro and raconteur Séamus Begley joined by the 'sonically exquisite' (The Guardian) Scottish duo Catriona McKay and Chris Stout. Brought together by Music Network in September 2014, this trio has captivated audiences with their exhilarating and virtuosic live performances in a celebration of traditional Irish and Scots music. Their first CD Begley McKay Stout was album of the week in the Irish Times, describing it as ‘music of the moment: bristling with the excitement of newly minted camaraderie and bolting towards the door for the wide open spaces it craves.’ Expect sparks to fly one minute, and to have your heartstrings tugged the next!

Next up is Dublin electro-acoustic quartet OKO, who specialise in improvising on skeletal compositions while drawing on a wealth of influences such as krautrock, vintage TV shows, free jazz, noise, ambient, dub, drum & bass, dubstep, musak, hip-hop, IDM and more. Featuring guitarist Shane  Latimer,  keyboardist  Darragh  O’Kelly,  percussionist  Shane  O’Donovan and  turntablist DJackulate, their music  shifts  from lush synth-drenched sculptures to tight hooks, loose grooves, robust scratching and liberated improvising.

Award-winning Irish vocalist and songwriter Christine Tobin is renowned for her unique, rich voice and original compositional style. Treasured in the UK and beyond as one of the leading lights on the contemporary scene, her authentic, deeply expressive sound has been praised by The Guardian both for the poetry of her writing and the warmth of her golden ‘24 carat voice’. A Thousand Kisses Deep is a programme of new arrangements of Leonard Cohen songs. Christine has been a lifelong fan, and her unique interpretations make for an inspired celebration of the legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and poet.

Sunday afternoon kicks off with Bangers and Crash percussion trio led by Alex Petcu (National Concert Hall Rising Star 2015) with Maeve O'Hara and Paddy Nolan. Brace yourself for the polyrhythmic delights of a thrilling programme of contemporary music, played on a range of percussion instruments including marimbas, vibraphone, kit, toms, woodblocks, bongos and more. Experience exotic timbres, pulsing rhythms and interwoven melody lines as three masters of the orchestral percussion section take centre stage.

The Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. Highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Quartet is regularly invited to perform new works by composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. For this very special concert they will perform 'Different Trains' by Reich, one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history", according to The Guardian. ‘Different Trains' is a three-movement piece for string quartet and tape that compares and contrasts Reich’s childhood memories of train journeys between New York and California in 1939–1941 with the very different trains being used to transport contemporaneous European children to their deaths under Nazi rule.

Last but not least, a dream team brought together by Music Network in 2013 - button accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny. Between them they have worked with every hugely influential Irish traditional music group from Planxty and Dé Dannan to the Bothy Band and Riverdance among others. Don't miss this illustrious trio in what promises to be an atmospheric and unforgettable concert, drawing on an eclectic mix of the old and new where traditional tunes and songs meet each of their diverse influences and unique compositional voices.

Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland. Keep an eye out for details of our Autumn tours at www.musicnetwork.ie.

Body & Soul is a bizarre and beautiful banquet of music, art and culture. A unique weekend of indulgence and abandon, it’s an opportunity to find yourself and lose yourself at a festival full of surprises. An immersive summit of music, discovery, spoken word, curiosity, holistic escapes, debate, gastronomic indulgences, blissful treatments and theatrical interludes, Body & Soul arouses the senses and makes the mundane magnificent. Artistic flourishes and after-dark divilment is nourished by the forests, lakeside splendour, natural amphitheatres and green pastures of Ballinlough Castle. 

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FOR LISTINGS EDITORS:

Music Network presents

Séamus Begley (accordion, voice), Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) and Chris Stout (fiddle) // OKO - Shane Latimer (eight string guitar, synthesizers sampler), DJackulate (turntables, sampler, drum machine, alto saxophone), Darragh O'Kelly (piano, keyboards, synthesizers), Shane O'Donovan (drums, percussion, synthesizers, sampler) // Christine Tobin performing “A Thousand Kisses Deep”, the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Saturday 18th June 2016

From 12:30 to 3pm

Woodlands Stage, Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

 

Music Network presents

Bangers and Crash percussion trio - Alex Petcu, Maeve O'Hara, Paddy Nolan // The Carducci String Quartet - Matthew Denton (Violin), Michelle Fleming (Violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (Viola), Emma Denton (Cello)// Máirtín O’Connor (button accordion), Zoë Conway (fiddle, voice) and Donal Lunny (guitar, bouzouki)

Sunday 19th June 2016

From 12:30 to 3pm

Woodlands Stage, Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

 

Tickets can be purchased 24/7 - 0818 719 300 / ticketmaster.ie

Ticket tiers 1, 2 ,3 and 4 have sold out. Tier 5 (final tier) is now on sale.

General and *Family Weekend Tickets - Tier 5 €169.50 incl booking fee

A Family Weekend Ticket permits entry to 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under. Only Family Weekend Ticket holders are permitted access to the dedicated family campsite.

Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) Tickets:

Tier 5 €198.50 incl booking fee

Tickets can be paid for in Instalments - 50% payable on booking, 50% taken on June 1st.  A very limited number of General Campervan and Family Campervan Tickets are available. Sunday Tickets priced at €65 will go on sale in June. 

Phone & internet bookings subject to €6.10 credit card service charge, outlets €2.15 per ticket. 

**Subject to licence.

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NOTES

RUNNING ORDER SATURDAY 18/6/16*:

12:30 - 13:00: Seamus Begley (vocals/accordion), Catriona McKay (harp), Chris Stout (fiddle/viola)

13:30 - 14:00: OKO - Shane Latimer (eight string guitar, synthesizers sampler), DJackulate (turntables, sampler, drum machine, alto saxophone), Darragh O'Kelly (piano, keyboards, synthesizers), Shane O'Donovan (drums, percussion, synthesizers, sampler)

14:30 - 15:00: Christine Tobin (performing songs from her “A Thousand Kisses Deep” project – the songs of Leonard Cohen) - Christine Tobin (vocals), Huw Warren (accordion), Phil Robson (guitar), Dave Whitford (double bass), and Robbie Harris (percussion)

 

RUNNING ORDER SUNDAY 19/6/16*:

12:30 - 13:00: Bangers and Crash percussion trio - Alex Petcu, Maeve O'Hara, Paddy Nolan

13:30 - 14:00: "Different Trains” (Steve Reich) – Performed by The Carducci String Quartet - Matthew Denton (Violin), Michelle Fleming (Violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (Viola), Emma Denton (Cello)

14:30 - 15:00: Donal Lunny (bouzouki), Máirtín O’ Connor (accordion), Zoë Conway (fiddle)

*Please note stage times may vary