Kathleen MacInnes, Dermot Byrne, Brian Finnegan & Mike Vass

Kathleen MacInnes, Dermot Byrne, Brian Finnegan & Mike Vass

A mouth-watering prospect as four Irish and Scottish trad trailblazers come together for the first time in a specially-curated Music Network line-up.

Tour Dates

8 Sept, 8pm, €20 / €15 The Sugar Club, Dublin 2
10 Sept, 8:30pm, €16 / €14 Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
11 Sept, 8pm, €15 glór, Ennis
12 Sept, 8pm, €16 / €14 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
13 Sept, 8pm, €15 / €12 Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary
14 Sept, 8pm, €16 / €14 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
16 Sept, 8pm, €15 / €12 / €7.50 Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
17 Sept, 8:30pm, €15 / €12 The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon
18 Sept, 10pm, €15 / €12 Station House Theatre, Clifden
19 Sept, 8pm, €12 / €10 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
20 Sept, 9pm, €15 McGrory's of Culdaff, Inishowen

Hebridean singer Kathleen MacInnes is joined onstage by Donegal accordion maestro Dermot Byrne, maverick flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan and award-winning Scottish guitarist and fiddler Mike Vass. 

If you haven’t caught award-winning singer Kathleen MacInnes live before, you’re in for a real treat. On stage the Hebridean songbird is a natural, sharing a joke one minute then breaking hearts the next with a soulful, earthy voice that lingers with the listener long after the last note has been sung. A regular performer at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival, in 2010 her singing reached audiences worldwide after being featured in Ridley Scott’s film Robin Hood.

Her musical co-conspirators combine creativity and virtuosity in equal measure. Best known for his work with Altan, legendary box player Dermot Byrne has collaborated with everyone from The Chieftains and Sharon Shannon to The Stunning and Stephane Grappelli. Founder member of ground-breaking acts Flook and Kan, flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan has also performed with such stellar artists as Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby and Russian group Aquarium, while Scottish guitar and fiddle maestro Mike Vass, a recipient of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has toured extensively with leading Scots song band Malinky.

Kathleen MacInnes, voice
Dermot Byrne, accordion
Brian Finnegan, flute/whistle
Mike Vass, guitar/fiddle

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Photos, video and reaction from the tour

Kathleen, Dermot, Brian and Mike's workshops with Irish musicians

8 Sept The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 8pm, €20 / €15 01 4750224 Music Network
10 Sept Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda 8:30pm, €16 / €14 041 9833946 Droichead Arts Centre
11 Sept glór, Ennis 8pm, €15 065 6843103 glór
12 Sept Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm, €16 / €14 01 2724030 Mermaid Arts Centre
13 Sept Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary 8pm, €15 / €12 062 80520 Tipperary Excel Centre
14 Sept Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8pm, €16 / €14 094 9023733 Linenhall Arts Centre
16 Sept Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo 8pm, €15 / €12 / €7.50 071 9161518 Hawk's Well Theatre
17 Sept The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon 8:30pm, €15 / €12 071 9650828 The Dock
18 Sept Station House Theatre, Clifden 10pm, €15 / €12 095 21699 (for information) Tickets on the door Clifden Arts Festival
19 Sept Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny 8pm, €12 / €10 074 9120777 (An Grianán) Regional Cultural Centre
20 Sept McGrory's of Culdaff, Inishowen 9pm, €15 074 9379104 McGrory's of Culdaff

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Broadcaster and musician Ellen Cranitch wrote the programme notes for this tour. Read them here.

Kathleen MacInnes sings "Oran a Cloiche"

Dermot Byrne performs with French harpist Flo Blancke

Brian Finnegan with his band at the Bath Folk Festival

"A voice like peat smoke and good whiskey, as robust, sassy and soulful as it is supple and expressive."

- The Guardian (on MacInnes)

"Displaying a delicate and sensitive touch Dermot Byrne has brought his accordion into new territory. Every note has a sweetness to it and every track glistens."

- Trad Connect

"Brian Finnegan is without doubt one of the world's finest whistle players."

- The Living Tradition

"Sublimely beautiful and lyrical..."

- Americana UK (on Vass)