Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens and “musical alchemist” Francesco Turrisi on tour 5 –16th March

31 January 2019


“Her voice is a perpetually soulful marvel" – New York Times [on Giddens]

“Delicate, wistful, engrossing” – The Irish Times [on Turrisi]

“Her songs are wise and deeply-felt, her singing powerful and refined” – Rolling Stone [on Giddens]

Buckle up as Grammy Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens and Italian accordion player & percussionist Francesco Turrisi whisk you away on a globe and genre-trotting musical tour from 5th to 16th March 2019, meeting rootsy folk, blues and gospel along the way. Details at

Songstress and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens and jazz maestro Francesco Turrisi take you on a musical voyage of discovery from Africa and the Middle East across to Europe and the Americas. The duo discovered a shared creative ground after their paths crossed a few years back, spanning gospel, jazz, blues, country and folk, and this is their first nationwide tour of Ireland.

Giddens’ debut album was described by the Guardian as a “solo debut of phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song, and lachrymose country ballad". Her star continues to rise with US TV performances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show, and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.

The powerhouse singer’s versatility is matched by accordion and piano player Francesco Turrisi. Dubbed the “musical alchemist”, his lyrical, culture-bridging collaborations include early music, Balkan jazz and contemporary ensembles as well as performing with such luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Dave Liebman, Wolfgang Muthspiel, The King’s Singers and flamenco master Pepe el Habichuela.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues (booking fees may apply), single tickets for Dublin concerts range from €10 – €20 (including complimentary programme) and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at


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