Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

Percussion virtuosos Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan cook up a programme of new music which will tickle your tastebuds and defy your expectations.

Tour Dates

Wed 2 Oct, 8:00 pm The Sugar Club, Dublin 2
Thurs 3 Oct, 7:30 pm The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford
Fri 4 Oct, 8:00 pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Sat 5 Oct, 8:00 pm Station House Theatre, Clifden
Tues 8 Oct, 7:00 pm Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Wed 9 Oct, 8:00 pm Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Thurs 10 Oct, 7:30 pm Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music
Fri 11 Oct, 8:00 pm glór, Ennis

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don't exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that's what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan take to the road with their kit bag of the usual suspects of the drum world, along with a fascinating array of metal, wood and string.

Three young and energetic virtuosos cook up a menu of new music (a pity Beethoven never wrote for marimba) which will tickle tastebuds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible (please note: no sausages will be harmed in the making of this programme).

Tim Ouderits & Tom Ouderits Surprise! | Alyssa Weinberg Table Talk | Elliot Cole Postlude No 8 | Philip Glass Madeira River | Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas | Steve Snowden A Man with a Gun Lives Here | Alex Petcu Music Network Commission | Thierry de Mey Musique de Table | Gene Koshinski And So the Wind Blew

The Sugar Club concert on this tour can be purchased as part of The Sugar Rush ticket bundle offer. Enjoy all three concerts with Music Network at The Sugar Club this autumn for the special price of €45!
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Bangers and Crash Percussion Group Workshops

Students from primary and secondary schools and members of local music groups from around the country will have a chance to delve deeper into the fascinating world of rhythm in a series of workshops with Alex Petcu and Brian Dungan of Bangers and Crash Percussion Group. Participants will learn about the important role percussion plays in almost every style of music, and can explore what happens when music and science meet, with a chance to make and perform on their own instruments. Workshop participants will also be invited to attend the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group touring performance in their local area at a discounted rate. For more information about these workshops please contact Katy Conneely in Music Network at 01 4750224.



Wed 2 Oct The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 8:00 pm , €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 Music Network
Thurs 3 Oct The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 7:30 pm , €17 / €15 / €5 Waterford Music
Fri 4 Oct Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 01-2724030
Sat 5 Oct Station House Theatre, Clifden 8:00 pm , €15 / €12 (on the door) 095-21699 Clifden Arts Society
Tues 8 Oct Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise 7:00 pm , €15 / €10 (+ bkg fee) 057-8663355 Laois County Council Arts Office
Wed 9 Oct Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 094-9023733
Thurs 10 Oct Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music 7:30 pm , €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 Cork Orchestral Society
Fri 11 Oct glór, Ennis 8:00 pm , €16 / €14 065-6843103

Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, water drumming

Alex Petcu playing Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich

Emma King (with James Hughes), TRACTION

"Memorable no less for the breadth of technique than for the comparable range of emotion, expression and mood"

- Irish Times [on Petcu]

"Beguiling and….other-worldly"

- The Irish Examiner [on Petcu]