Music Network Announces 2011 Spring Season

30 November 2010

Music Network today announced a stellar line-up of musicians for its 2011 Spring Season spanning a range of music performance styles from traditional Irish, jazz and chamber music. The Spring 2011 Season features five nationwide tours by an outstanding roster of Irish and international artists. Music Network tours provide a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best in international chamber, traditional and world music in venues throughout Ireland at affordable prices.  Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.

Describing what’s on offer, Music Network CEO Deirdre McCrea explains, “In our season opener, acclaimed vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the three Johns – Wynne, McEvoy and Blake – bring audiences on a musical journey across the Shannon to revel in the sublime sounds of the West of Ireland. Then in February it’s an about turn as award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman heads East with her intoxicating blend of jazz and Bengali music.

Our first classical tour presents the incredible sound of the Terpsycordes Quartet, who have stunned critics and audiences alike with their idiosyncratic approach to iconic works of the quartet repertoire, while in April Calmus Ensemble are sure to seduce audiences with their wonderful brand of a capella singing. As ever, we like to end on a high note, and this season why not treat yourself to the melodious sound of the Swedish nyckelharpa or “key harp”, played by world champion Olov Johansson partnered by the all-star line up of fiddler Tom Morrow, guitarist Gerry O’Beirne and flautist Conor Byrne.”

Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  All five Dublin performances will take place in Dublin Castle.  Single tickets for all Dublin concerts are €15  (€10 conc. for students and over 65’s) or €40 for a family ticket. Season tickets are available at €65 each (€45 conc.) or €165 for a family season ticket.  Tickets can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 671 9429, or online at 



Music Network presents

Crossing the Shannon (Ireland)

 Traditional Irish Music Tour

On Tour: 12-21 January


Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, voice, flute

John Wynne, flute

John McEvoy, fiddle

John Blake, guitar, flute, bouzouki


"Danú’s greatest asset is Nic Amhlaoibh’s magnificently earthy voice."

Siobhan Long, Irish Times, 2010

“It’s hard to beat the classic combination of flute and fiddle and no better men than John Wynne and John McEvoy to show us why.”

Hot Press magazine

History, geography and music intermingle in our first trad tour, which celebrates the rich heritage of the West of Ireland. In times past, many fine musicians crossed the Shannon to board the emigrant boat, fuelling the vibrant Irish music scenes in London and Birmingham where John Blake and John McEvoy learned their craft. This tour is a musical homecoming, re-crossing the Shannon to explore the wild dance music, slow airs and haunting songs of the West that likewise inspired Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and John Wynne, as they grew up in their respective home counties of Kerry and Roscommon.

Though Muireann is best known for her work with Danú, winning the BBC 2 Folk Award for "Best Group" in 2004, she has also performed with the likes of Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Darrell Scott, Liam Clancy and The Bulgarian Women’s Choir. Regarded as one of the best traditional Irish flute players of his generation, John Wynne is a regular collaborator with fiddler John McEvoy and both players are proud ambassadors for the music of North Connaught, while multi-instrumentalist John Blake is a highly sought after musician who has featured on albums by Lamond Gillespie, Mick Leahy, Colm Gannon and Sean Potts.

On Tour: Wednesday 12th January DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Friday 14th January BRAY, (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 15th January BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30pm), Sunday 16th January WATERVILLE (Tech Amergin, 8pm), Tuesday 18th January CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8pm), Wednesday 19th January CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 20th January LIMERICK (Belltable Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 21st January DUN LAOGHAIRE (Pavilion Theatre, 8pm)



Music Network presents

Zoe Rahman Trio, with special guest Idris Rahman (UK)

Jazz Tour

On Tour 8-18 February


Zoe Rahman, piano

Idris Rahman, clarinet

Oli Hayhurst, bass

Gene Calderazzo, drums


"Anyone who's seen her live will be aware of an exceptional talent."


"Staggering….uplifting and majestic….great to see music of integrity still being made." 

Snowboy, Blues and Soul Magazine

After winning the ‘Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ Award in 1999, Zoe Rahman has quickly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Her second album, Melting Pot, was nominated in 2006 for the Mercury Music Prize and more recently she achieved an achingly beautiful fusion of jazz, classical and Bengali music in her highly-acclaimed album Where Rivers Meet, which featured arrangements of Nobel prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore's music. The programme for this tour features pieces from Where Rivers Meet as well as from Zoe's outstanding live album, and debuts some new material written specially for the tour.

Rahman’s willingness to push musical boundaries is matched by her technical brilliance. Noted for her inventiveness, explosive two-fisted technique, and the tumbling cascades of notes she often trades with her brother, the honey-toned clarinetist Idris Rahman, this mesmerising pianist is aided and abetted by a top-notch rhythm section featuring American drummer Gene Calderazzo and British bass player Oli Hayhurst. In the words of jazz reviewer Chris Parker, brace yourself for “all the punch, pith and sheer verve of the Rahman live act".

On Tour: Tuesday 8th February DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 9th February CARRICK-ON-SHANNON (The Dock, 8.30pm), Thursday 10th February NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 11th February CORK (Triskel @ The River Lee Hotel, 8pm), Saturday 12th February WEXFORD (Wexford Opera House, 8pm), Sunday 13th February NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8pm), Monday 14th February CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Wednesday 16th February TRALEE (Siamsa Tíre, 8pm), Thursday 17th February DUN LAOGHAIRE (Pavilion Theatre, 8pm), Friday 18th February BELFAST (Black Box, 8pm)


Music Network presents

Terpsycordes Quartet (Italy/Bulgaria/Switzerland)

Classical Tour

On Tour: 4-12 March


Girolamo Bottiglieri, first violin

Raya Raytcheva, second violin

Caroline Haas, viola

François Grin, cello


“[Their] inventive rediscovery of Schubert's most traveled compositions won me over. Like a blast of cold water, it opened my ears to what I had been missing in his music.”

Frederic Beudot

Given their dizzying virtuosity and lyrical power, it’s only fitting that this multi-award winning ensemble takes its name from Terpsichore, the whirling muse of dance and song. At a time when it is increasingly hard to stand out from the crowd, this is one of the few string quartets that regularly performs a varied repertoire on both modern and period instruments, while the chemistry created by the contrasting personalities prompted one critic to describe the group as “a collision of an Italian, one Bulgarian and two Swiss”.

The Terpsycordes Quartet’s highly eclectic sound is the result of perspiration as well as inspiration – the finesse of their playing is grounded in a meticulous study of texts and styles, and the quartet has been critically acclaimed for its bold reworkings of well-worn classics. No wonder then, that since winning a First Prize at the Geneva Conservatory in 2001, the Terpsycordes Quartet has built up a reputation as one of the most remarkable ensembles of its generation.


Mozart String Quartet No.3 in G major, K.156

Brahms String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Deirdre McKay Case studies

Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la Nuit

On Tour: Friday 4th March NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 5th March BIRR (Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, 8pm), Sunday 6th March BRAY (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 8th March DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 9th March LISTOWEL (St. John’s Theatre, 8pm), Thursday 10th March TIPPERARY TOWN (Tipperary Excel Centre, 8pm), Saturday 12th March CLIFDEN (Church of Ireland, 8pm)



Music Network presents

Calmus Ensemble (Germany)

Classical Tour

On Tour: 5-14 April


Anja Lipfert, soprano

Sebastian Krause, alto

Tobias Pöche, tenor

Ludwig Böhme, baritone

Joe Roesler, bass


"Technically stunning singers, but equally important, their interpretive talents and musicality are matchless…  they bring passion to their interpretations and whatever they sing to glorious life."

Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

For over ten years the remarkable Calmus Ensemble has wowed audiences with its unique style of a capella singing, blending five scintillating and soulful voices – four male and one female – in a clear-voiced, perfectly balanced ensemble. Originally formed by five graduates of the St. Thomas Boys‘ Choir, Leipzig, the group added the glittering soprano voice of Anja Lipfert in 2001 in order to expand its repertoire, which now encompasses everything from Gregorian chants, Irish airs, jazz and folk songs to the music of Palestrina, Bach and Debussy.

Acclaimed for its flawless intonation and extraordinary harmonic amalgam, this award-winning ensemble has toured extensively in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Finland, Austria, Spain, Portugal and North and South America. As well as performing alongside the likes of the King’s Singers and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, the group has taken part in many major festivals such as the Bach-Festival in Leipzig. 


Bach                                       Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen

                                              Ich halte treulich still

                                              Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn

Wolfram Buchenberg                Lobe den Herrn!

Purcell                                    Hush no more

                                              But ah!

                                              If Love’s a Sweet Passion

Brahms                                  Waldesnacht

                                             O süßer Mai

                                             Fahr wohl

Francis Poulenc                       Margoton va t’a l’iau

                                             Clic, clac, dansez sabots

                                             Ah ! mon beau laboureur

                                             Les tisserands

Thomas Morley                        Now is the month of maying

Orlando Gibbons                      What is our life?

Mateo Fletcha der Ältere          La bomba

Johann Hermann Schein           So da, mein liebes Brüderlein

Charles Villers Stanford            Shall we go dance?

                                                            The blue bird

Three Irish Folksongs

On Tour: Tuesday 5th April DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 6th April TRALEE (Siamsa Tíre, 8pm), Thursday 7th April PORTLAOIS (Dunamaise Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 8th April NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 9th April KILKENNY (Black Abbey, 8pm), Sunday 10th April WEXFORD (St.Iberius Church, 3.30pm), Monday 11th April CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 14th April CASTLEBLAYNEY (Iontas Theatre, 8pm)



Music Network presents

From Polka to Polska (Sweden/Ireland)

Traditional Music Tour

On Tour 12-18 May


Olov Johansson, nyckelharpa

Tom Morrow, fiddle, viola

Gerry O’Beirne, guitars, ukulele & vocals

Conor Byrne, flutes, guitar & vocals


"Sensitive and low-voiced – but still with huge dynamics and melodic beauty." 

Sune Liljevall, Arbetarbladet on Olov Johansson

“the playing of O’Beirne is superlative and subtle beyond words.”

The Sunday Times

In recent years, Music Network has shone the spotlight on a number of lesser known but glorious traditional instruments, and on this tour we are proud to feature Olov Johansson, first world champion of the traditional Swedish nyckelharpa or “key harp” and a founder member of Grammy award-winning Swedish group Väsen.

Throw into the mix some of the finest musicians on this country’s contemporary trad scene and an exploration of old and new music from Ireland and Sweden and you have the makings of a sensational tour. Multi-instrumentalist Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer and songwriter who has toured the globe with such luminaries as Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine, Patrick Street, the Waterboys and Marianne Faithful, while former All-Ireland champion fiddler Tom Morrow is a member of supergroup Dervish. Much lauded for his performances with fiddlers Máire Breathnach and Méabh O'Hare, flute player Conor Byrne has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Christy Moore, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Paul Brady, Luka Bloom and Ronnie Drew.

On Tour: Thursday 12th May FOTA ISLAND (Fota House, 8pm), Friday 13th May BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8.30pm), Saturday 14th May WATERVILLE (Tech Amergin, 8.30pm), Sunday 15th May LIMERICK (Belltable Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 17th May DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 18th May CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8pm)