07 July 2010

Music Network today announced the season line-up for its Autumn Season 2010 which will feature four nationwide tours by an outstanding roster of Irish and international artists providing a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best in international chamber, traditional and jazz 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, “Our Autumn Season 2010 is very much a celebration of home-grown talent, with a sprinkling of overseas stars thrown in for good measure! We kick off the new season with a spell-binding session that delves into the musical trove of the Sliabh Luachra region, with squeezebox maestro Jackie Daly and famed fiddler Matt Cranitch joined by the much-lauded singer and composer John Faulkner. Then it’s time for a blast from the future as Irish pianist Greg Felton’s much-admired jazz trio team up with Swiss sensation Isa Wiss, a natural-born improviser blessed with a truly astonishing voice. “

“In November, our first classical tour features the exceptional Cappa Ensemble, a quartet of outstanding young artists from Ireland, Poland and the UK, including two former winners of the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year award, Michael McHale and Brian O’Kane,” continues McCrea. “while the season rounds off in impeccable style when we welcome one of Ireland’s finest musical exports, soprano Cara O’Sullivan, in a rare opportunity to hear the opera star up close and personal with a selection of songs and lieder.”

Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  All four Dublin performances will take place in Dublin Castle.  Single tickets for all Dublin concerts with the exception of Cara O’Sullivan are €15 (€10 conc. for students and over 65s) or €40 for a family ticket. The Cara O’Sullivan concert at The State Apartments in Dublin Castle is this year’s Music Network Gala fundraising concert and single tickets are €20/ €15(concession). Season tickets are available at €60 each (€40 conc.) or €150 for a family season ticket.  Tickets can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 671 9429, booking online at, or emailing  

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

Music Network presents
The Living Stream (Ireland)
Traditional Irish Music Tour
14 – 23 September 2010

Matt Cranitch, fiddle
Jackie Daly, accordion
John Faulkner, guitar, bouzouki, voice

“Probably the best accordionist in Ireland”  The New York Times on Jackie Daly

In ancient folklore, three is a magic number, and you can expect the combined talents of Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly and John Faulkner to let loose the Sliabh Luachra genie from the bottle. There’s clearly some ‘draíocht’ in the waters of the upper Blackwater as this mountainous region on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry is renowned for its unique repertoire of slides and polkas as well as its very distinctive style of playing.

Though Jackie and Matt are both steeped in the rich musical traditions of Sliabh Luachra, this collaboration with singer John Faulkner is very much a celebration of the here and now, the “living stream” of Irish music. An acclaimed songwriter and composer, John is a heartfelt performer who has traded lines with the likes of Ewan MacColl, Dolores Keane, Arty McGlynn and John Prine. Button accordion wizard Jackie needs little introduction to trad fans, and his work with legendary groups such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Arcady and Kinvara is testament to his versatility. Former Fleadh Cheoil winner and master fiddler Matt Cranitch is a founder member of the group Sliabh Notes, as well as a highly respected authority on and teacher of Irish traditional music.  

On Tour:  Tuesday 14th September, DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM), Thursday 16th September, THURLES (The Source Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Friday 17th September, AVOCA, WICKLOW (Conary Community Hall, 8:00 PM), Saturday 18th September, BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30 PM), Sunday 19th September, WATERVILLE (Tech Amergin, 8:30 PM), Monday     20th September, CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 10:00 PM), Wednesday 22nd September, BELMULLET (Áras Inis Gluaire, 8:00 PM), Thursday 23rd September MULLINGAR (Mullingar Arts Centre, 8:00 PM).

Music Network presents
Open up: Greg Felton meets Isa Wiss (Ireland/Switzerland)
Jazz Tour
12 – 19 October 2010

Isa Wiss, vocals
Greg Felton, piano
Cormac O’Brien, bass
Seán Carpio, drums

“An extraordinary range… meticulous control…  gorgeous floating tones”.  
Chicago Reader on Isa Wiss

“Dazzling post-Cecil Taylor banging...”
Downbeat Magazine on Greg Felton

“Possibly the best drummer ever produced here”.
The Irish Times on Seán Carpio

Are you sitting comfortably? Brace yourself for a few bombshells as Greg Felton’s trio go head to head with the incomparable vocalist Isa Wiss. Tipped as a major star of the future, Wiss is one of those musicians who defies description; her remarkable technique and three-octave range make her a truly free improviser who can switch from stuttering gasps and cries to honeyed tones in a single phrase.

Greg Felton is the perfect foil for Wiss’ vocal acrobatics. Hailed in the Irish Times as “the most gifted young pianist on the scene,” Felton is another fearless improviser whose distinctive compositions and two-fisted technique draw on everything from jazz and folk traditions to South Indian classical music. His intuitive and often playful approach to music is shared by drummer Seán Carpio, whose seductive grooves have made him a regular collaborator with Mikkel Ploug, Sebastien Texier, Louis Stewart and Ronan Guilfoyle. The line-up is completed by bassist Cormac O’Brien, a fellow stalwart on the Irish jazz scene who has also played with international stars such as Bobby Watson, Jamie Baum, Dave Allen, Bjorn Vidar Solli, and Bruce Adams.

On Tour:  Tuesday 12th October, DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM), Wednesday 13th October, NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Thursday 14th October, THURLES (The Source Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Friday 15th October, BRAY (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Sunday 17th October, LIMERICK (Dolans Upstairs, 9:00 PM), Tuesday 19th October, CORK, (Cork Arts Theatre, (CAT Club), 8:00 PM).

Music Network presents
Cappa Ensemble (Ireland/Poland/UK)
Winners of Music Network’s Young Musicwide competition in 2009
Tour dates: 1 – 8 November 2010

Bartosz Woroch, violin
Adam Newman, viola
Brian O’Kane, cello
Michael McHale, piano

“This young award-winning Belfast pianist has an intuitive feel for music, and can cross musical boundaries effortlessly." Sunday Business Post on Michael McHale

“Intensely poetic” New Zealand Herald on Bartosz Woroch

“O’Kane’s tender cello solo was welcome balm” on Brian O’Kane

Named after the celebrated 17th century Italian violin-maker Gioffredo Cappa, this exciting young chamber ensemble has quickly established itself as a quartet of outstanding artistry, equally at home playing classical and contemporary works. Previously a very successful string quartet, in July 2008 the group shifted its focus to performing works for both string trio and piano quartet. It has toured extensively in Australasia and Japan as well as enjoying a busy concert schedule performing to audiences throughout the UK.

Its four members are all top-notch performers in their own right – and both Brian O’Kane and Michael McHale are former winners of the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year. McHale has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation, while cellist O’Kane has collaborated with artists such as the Vanbrugh Quartet, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Polish violinist Bartosz Woroch has toured with the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and performed at the Barbican and the Wigmore Hall, and violist Adam Newman has played with the London Steve Reich Ensemble, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Conchord Ensemble.

Mozart piano quartet in g minor k.478
Allegro, Andante, Rondon
Walton piano quartet in d minor (1921)
Allegramente, Allegro Scherzando, Andante tranquillo, Allegro molto
Elaine Agnew string trio - 3 Angry Men (1991).
Schumann piano quartet in E flat Major op.47
1. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Scherzo. Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II
3. Andante cantabile
4. Finale. Vivace

On Tour:  Monday 1st November, CLOUGHJORDAN, CO. TIPPERARY (St. Kieran's Church of Ireland, 8:00 PM), Tuesday 2nd November, DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM), Wednesday 3rd November, WATERFORD (Large Room, City Hall, 8:00 PM), Thursday 4th November, KILLORGLIN (Intermediate School, 8:00 PM), Friday 5th November, NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Saturday 6th November, NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Sunday 7th November, CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8:00 PM), Monday 8th November, CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM).

Music Network presents
Cara O’Sullivan, soprano (Ireland)
25 November–4 December 2010

Cara O’Sullivan, soprano
Ciara Moroney, piano

“O’Sullivan is undoubtedly the Irish superstar of her generation.”  The Irish Times

Prepare for a night to remember as opera star Cara O’Sullivan reveals a more intimate side to her singing with a collection of gorgeous art songs and lieder. One of Ireland’s leading sopranos, Cara has left the critics scrabbling for superlatives with her passionate performances – the Cincinnati press warned fans during her US debut as Queen of Night that she “practically pulls you from your seat!”

Famed for her sparkling voice, Cara has enraptured audiences in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Sydney Opera House, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Opera de Paris and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, as well as singing solo soprano in choral works such as Handel’s Messiah and Britten’s War Requiem.

For this tour Cara is joined by award-winning Irish pianist Ciara Moroney, who specialises in duo playing including collaborations with Keith Pascoe (violin), Brian O’Kane (cello), and Ian Clarke (flute) among others.


Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation…..H. Purcell (realisation by B. Britten)
Five songs by Schubert
Der Müsensohn…..(Goethe)
An die Musik………(Schober)
Ariettes Oubliées….C. Debussy…..(P. Verlaine)
C’est l’extase
Il pleure dans mon Coeur
L’ombre des arbres
Paysages belges: Cheveax de bois
Aquarelles 1: Green
Aquarelles 2: Spleen
Trí Ámhrain….A. Fleischmann or Wallace commission
Cuatro madrigals amatorios…..J. Rodrigo….(Anon)
¿Con qué la lavaré?
Vos me matásteis
¿De dónde venís, amore?
De los álamos vengo, madre
Three songs by Reynaldo Hahn
Si mes vers avaient des ailes….(V. Hugo)
Quand je fus pris au pavillon…..(C. d’Orleans)
Chloris…..(T. de Viau)
Art songs written by acclaimed operatic composers
Serenade……C. Gounod
Pastorella delle Alpi…..G. Rossini
Vaga Luna……….V. Bellini
La Zingara………G. Donizetti
Lo Spazzacamino…..G. Verdi

On Tour:  Thursday 25th November, CORK (Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music, 8:00 PM), Friday 26th November, KILLORGLIN (Intermediate School, 8:00 PM), Saturday 27th November, BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30 PM), Sunday 28th November, CLIFDEN (Church of Ireland, 8:00 PM), Monday 29th November, CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Wednesday 1st December, MULLINGAR (Mullingar Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Thursday 2nd December, DUN LAOGHAIRE (Pavilion Theatre, 8:00 PM), Friday 3rd December, NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Saturday 4th December, DUBLIN (St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle, (8:00 PM).


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