Music Network Announces 2013 Spring Season

29 November 2012


Music Network today announced an exciting line-up for its 2013 Spring Season spanning a range of music styles by an outstanding roster of Irish and international artists. Irish audiences can look forward to some of the most enchanting and exquisite voices in music including the incomparable soprano Patricia Rozario, sean-nós singer Iarla O'Lionaird, considered by The Guardian to be one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music, and the extraordinary sound of Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval. The season also includes one of the most original and exciting bands on the British jazz scene, Get The Blessing and a dream tour that brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country’s finest traditional musicians; button accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny. Music Network tours provide a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best in Irish and international chamber, jazz and traditional Irish music 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 Sharon Rollston explains, “Versatility is very much the common thread in this season’s programme, which begins with a tour by the incomparable Patricia Rozario, the London-based opera star and muse whose soaring soprano voice adapts itself effortlessly to ancient and modern works alike. In contrast, February sees heavy riffing, shameless grooves and sly humour from UK jazz ensemble Get The Blessing, featuring the former rhythm section from trip-hop legends Portishead backing the twin horns and electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge.”

She continues, “Our first traditional Irish tour showcases the mercurial Iarla Ó Lionáird, one of Ireland’s foremost sean-nós singers and a genre-crossing singer-songwriter who has also fronted Afro Celt Sound System and Crash Ensemble. Voices also come to the fore in April when the Norwegian ensemble Trio Medieval takes us on a journey from spine-tingling 13th-century polyphony and Norwegian folk songs to contemporary works. Finally, in May we round off the season with a traditional flourish as dream team Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Zoë Conway (fiddle) and Donal Lunny (guitar and bouzouki) lock horns in a mouth-watering prospect for trad fans. Early booking is highly recommended!”

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

[Editors: please note that detailed touring dates and concert programmes follow.]


Music Network presents

Patricia Rozario with Michael McHale (India/Ireland)

Classical Music Tour

On Tour: 23 - 27 January 2013

Patricia Rozario, soprano

Michael McHale, piano

Patricia Rozario floats effortlessly with a voice of liquid gold.” Gramophone

Prepare to be enchanted by one of the most exquisite voices on the planet. The Mumbai-born soprano Patricia Rozario started out singing operatic music in India, but after completing her studies in London became a veritable muse to several celebrated contemporary composers including Arvo Pärt, Simon Holt and in particular Sir John Tavener, who has now written over 30 works for her. With a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary works, Rozario is regarded as one of the outstanding recitalists of her generation, appearing in many of the world’s most prestigious venues alongside conductors such as Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, and Gardiner.

For this tour, Rozario is accompanied by the Belfast-born pianist Michael McHale. Lauded by critics for his “faultless stylistic skill”, intense musicality and bravura playing, McHale has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation and a champion of works outside the standard repertoire.

The programme for this tour includes songs by Liszt, Britten, Obradors and Richard Strauss as well as operatic arias by Bizet, Puccini and Mozart.

On Tour: Wednesday 23 January DUBLIN (St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, 8pm), Friday 25 January MULLINGAR (Mullingar Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 26 January NEW ROSS (St. Mary's Church, 8pm), Sunday 27 January KILKENNY (St. Canice’s Cathedral, 4pm)


Music Network presents

Get The Blessing (UK)

Jazz Tour

On Tour 19-24 February 2013


Jake McMurchie, saxophone

Pete Judge, trumpet

Jim Barr, bass

Clive Deamer, drums


The most original and exciting band on the British scene.” Jazzwise

This is the kind of band who makes jazz fans out of people who don't expect to be.” The Guardian


One of the UK’s most thrilling live bands, Get The Blessing, is a glorious collision of hard-hitting rock and fleet-fingered jazz virtuosity. The result: thumping tunes, seriously infectious beats and wailing horn lines with more than a nod to free jazz maestro Ornette Coleman. Influences ranging from Morphine and Elvis Costello to The Ramones and Albert Ayler only add to the genre-bending mayhem.

Winners of the BBC Jazz Award 2008 for their debut album All Is Yes, Get The Blessing have garnered rave reviews since forming in 2000, when bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer from trip-hop legends Portishead joined forces with the twin horns and electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge. Top-notch session players with serious chops, as individuals the band members have performed with everyone from Radiohead, Jeff Beck, Alison Moyet and Roni Size to Hawkwind, Robert Plant and Peter Gabriel.

On Tour: Tuesday 19 February DUBLIN (Whelan’s, 8pm), Thursday 21 February BELFAST (Limelight, 17 Ormeau Avenue, 9pm), Friday 22 February SLIGO (Upstairs @ Shenanigans, 10pm), Saturday 23 February CARRICK-ON-SHANNON (The Dock, 8:30pm), Sunday 24 February CLIFDEN (Clifden House Theatre, 8pm)


Music Network presents

Iarla Ó Lionáird, voice

Cleek Schrey, fiddle

Ivan Goff, uilleann pipes


Traditional Irish Tour

On Tour: 19-27 March 2013


The finest sean nós singer to be found anywhere in these islands today.” Hot Press

One of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music.” The Guardian

Genius is the operative word here.” Time Out


Whether floating over ancient rhythms or pulsing electronica, there’s no mistaking the sublime, utterly compelling vocal talents of Iarla Ó Lionáird. One of the most ambitious recording artists in Ireland today, Ó Lionáird has performed with groups as diverse as The Gloaming, Afro Celt Sound System, Gavin Bryars, Peter Gabriel and The Crash Ensemble, while reimagining sean-nós crooning in his solo albums, most recently in his critically-acclaimed release Foxlight.

For this tour, Ó Lionáird is accompanied by Cleek Schrey’s unique style of fiddle playing, which fuses Irish stylings with the old-time music of Virginia. Sharing Ó Lionáird’s pioneering spirit, Schrey has collaborated in recent years with old time fiddler Stephanie Coleman, percussive dance phenomenon Nic Gareiss, and the viol consort Sonnambula. Completing the line-up is All-Ireland champion piper and fellow New York resident Ivan Goff, who has performed in many theatrical productions as well as playing with Riverdance, Whirligig, Cathie Ryan and Lúnasa.

On Tour: Tuesday 19 March DUBLIN (Grand Social, 8pm), Wednesday 20 March NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 21 March CARRICK ON SHANNON (The Dock, 8:30pm), Friday 22nd March CORK (Triskel Christchurch, 8pm), Saturday 23 March BRAY (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm), Monday 25 March CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 26th March CLIFDEN (Clifden House Theatre, 8pm), Wednesday 27 March TRALEE (Siamsa Tíre, Town park, 8pm)


Music Network presents

Trio Mediaeval (Norway)

Classical Tour

On Tour: 8-15 April 2013

Anna Maria Friman, voice

Berit Opheim, voice

Torunn Østrem Ossum, voice

If you could bottle the joie de vivre that comes from the members of Trio Mediaeval you could probably sell it not just as a pick-me-up, but as some form of basic life-force.” Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

“Beguiling”, “intoxicating” and “mesmerizing” are just some of the words used by breathless critics to describe the extraordinary sound of Trio Medieval, a Norwegian ensemble that has captivated audiences worldwide with a songbook spanning medieval music, traditional Norwegian ballads and contemporary works. The three unique voices blend together with seamless and unnerving accuracy, but for all the hauntingly pure harmonies and vocal finesse, the trio deliver songs from a bygone era with a tenderness that melts away the centuries.

Founded in Oslo in 1997, the group’s first album, Words of the Angel, immediately reached Billboard's Top 10 Bestseller list, while their most recent release, Folk Songs, an intimate collection of Norwegian folk songs, won a Grammy nomination in 2008. While spreading the a capella gospel, the ensemble has performed in cathedrals, monasteries, farms, and industrial spaces as well as prestigious halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

The programme for this tour includes medieval music, Norwegian and Swedish folk songs, as well as contemporary works by Gavin Bryars.

On Tour: Monday 8 April NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8pm), Tuesday 9 April DUBLIN (St. Audoen’s Church, Cornmarket 8pm), Thursday 11 April CORK (Triskel Christchurch, 8pm) Friday 12 April DUNDALK (St. Nicholas Church of Ireland, 8pm), Saturday 13 April BELFAST (Upstairs, The MAC,, 8pm), Sunday 14 April CLIFDEN (Church of Ireland, 8pm), Tuesday 24 April NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre), Monday 15 April CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm)


Music Network presents

Máirtín O’Connor, button accordion

Zoë Conway, fiddle

Donal Lunny, guitar and bouzouki


Traditional Music Tour

On Tour 7-14 May 2013

Máirtín O’Connor is a squeeze box player in the very top echelon.” Irish Music Magazine

Virtuoso – one of Ireland’s most gifted young musicians.” The Irish Independent on Zoe Conway

Donal Lunny… a man who has been at the coal face of Irish music for the past five decades.” Hot Press

This dream tour brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country’s finest musicians. The consummate button box player, Máirtín O’Connor was one of the driving forces behind the Riverdance phenomenon. Add to that his work with the bands De Dannan, Midnight Well and Skylark, his reputation as a composer and solo artist, and recording sessions with Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler, and it’s easy to see why O’Connor is regarded in the folk firmament as something of a national treasure.

Fiddle player Zoë Conway is an awesome talent equally at home playing and singing Latin jazz with Rodrigo y Gabriella, as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing with Lou Reed and Nick Cave, or touring the world with Riverdance. However, traditional Irish music remains close to her heart, witnessed in her highly-acclaimed solo albums.

Guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty, The Bothy Band, Altan and Moving Hearts. A gifted composer, arranger and producer, Lunny has also worked with rock and pop musicians such as Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.

On Tour: Tuesday 7 May DUBLIN (Whelan’s, 8pm), Wednesday 8 May LISTOWEL (St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 9 May BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30pm), Friday 10 May MULLINGAR (Mullingar Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 11 May LETTERKENNY (Regional Cultural Centre, 8pm), Sunday 12 May SLIGO (Hawk’s Well Theatre, 8pm), Monday 13 May CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm)  Tuesday 14 May BOYLE (King House, 8pm)



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