A sensational line-up of classical, jazz and traditional music on tour next Spring

18 November 2015

A diverse selection of world-class Irish and international musicians tour to twenty-one towns and villages across fourteen counties in over forty concerts from January to May as part of Music Network’s Spring 2016 season. From the best of Irish traditional music and celebrations of Shakespeare and the song, to one of classical music’s brightest stars and foot-stomping folk music, there’s something for everyone. 

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Kevin Burke and Tim Edey 

On tour 13 – 26 January

Liam Ó Maonlaí, vocals, piano
Kevin Burke, fiddle
Tim Edey, guitar, melodeon

“Extraordinary” – Australian Rolling Stone magazine

Trad fans, it doesn’t get much better than this: Liam Ó Maonlaí, one of Ireland’s most charismatic musicians, sharing a stage with legendary fiddle player Kevin Burke and virtuosic multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey. Just sit back and watch the magic happen. Tour details here.


Ergodos Musicians 

On tour 3 – 11 February

Michelle O’ Rourke, vocals 
Seán Mac Erlaine, alto saxophone, bass clarinet 
Kate Ellis, cello 
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, electric guitar, synthesiser 
Garrett Sholdice, presenter, synthesiser

“Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition” - The Irish Times

Prepare to be utterly entranced as five of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians celebrate the undying power of song, the most constant of musical forms. The ensemble segues seamlessly from medieval hymns and Baroque arias to 70s folk-rock and contemporary pop, one beguiling meditation on love, longing and loss melting into the next. Tour details here.


Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs 

On tour 13 – 22 March

Andy Sheppard, saxophones
Guillaume de Chassy, piano
Christophe Marguet, drums

“An ability to make even the simplest melodic fragments sound profound and beautiful” – The Jazz Mann

’The great English poet of the saxophone’, jazz virtuoso Andy Sheppard joins forces with drummer Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world. Part-improvised and part-written, the music draws inspiration from Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and William Byrd, with the trio unfolding an extraordinary palette of sounds to conjure up everything from star-crossed lovers and brooding Danish princes to the rustling advance of Birnam Wood. Tour details here.


Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver 

On tour 30 March – 8 April

Chloë Hanslip, violin
Danny Driver, piano

“Beautifully and stylishly played by Chloë Hanslip. There is wit, charm and romantic flair aplenty.” – The Telegraph

Described by one critic as a ‘dream team’, Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver have garnered plaudits for their superlative performances, with Hanslip’s eloquence and agility complemented by Driver’s irrepressible enthusiasm and stylish pianism. In an age where dazzling violinists are increasingly the norm, Chloë Hanslip has left critics and audiences agog with her spontaneity, flawless technique and sheer elegance of playing. For this tour, she is partnered by Danny Driver, a master recitalist regarded as one of Britain’s most versatile pianists. Tour details here.


Le Vent du Nord 

On tour 8 – 15 May

Nicolas Boulerice, vocals, hurdy-gurdy, piano accordion
Olivier Demers, vocals, fiddle, guitar
Simon Beaudry, vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki
Réjean Brunet, vocals, button accordion

“One of my favourite bands in the world” – BBC Radio Scotland

Time to kick up the heels and gladden the heart! A driving force on the world’s folk music scene, Le Vent du Nord capture the revelry of a Saturday night kitchen party with their boundless enthusiasm and playful showmanship. Add to the mix impeccable musicianship, stunning vocal arrangements and breakneck tunes – with dancing between verses to boot – and it’s no wonder this amazingly versatile band gets heads bobbing and feet tapping from the first few notes. Tour details here.

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