Kathleen MacInnes, Dermot Byrne, Brian Finnegan & Mike VassA mouth-watering prospect as four Irish and Scottish trad trailblazers come together for the first time in a specially-curated Music Network line-up.
|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
|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)