Music Network at Wood Quay Summer Sessions, Thursday 27 July 2017

29 June 2017



Music Network at Wood Quay Summer Sessions, Thursday 27 July 2017

Lunch time concert in Wood Quay Amphitheatre, Dublin City Council Offices


Founded and presented by Dublin City Council in association with First Music Contact, Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre & Music Network, the Wood Quay Summer Sessions are a series of free lunchtime concerts which will take place every Thursday in July from 1 – 2pm in the Wood Quay Amphitheatre, featuring performers from across a wide range of musical genres including jazz, traditional, soul, contemporary and rock. On Thursday 27th July, Music Network presents trad duo Cormac Begley & Libby McCrohan, and Chatham Saxophone Quartet.

Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He plays in a number of projects including: duets including Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore), Rushad Eggleston (cello goblin), Libby McCrohan (bouzouki) and Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist); a trio entitled ‘Concertina’ (Noel Hill and Jack Talty) and with the band Ré. His playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ by the Irish Times (*****). He has recently recorded his debut solo album featuring the full range of concertinas to critical acclaim.

Libby McCrohan is a bouzouki player from Dublin. She plays an original round back Greek bouzouki. Her approach to accompaniment is sensitive, subtle, and rhythmical, taking inspiration from the playing of uilleann pipers. She has been influenced by such accompanists as Alec Finn, Andy Irvine, John Faulkner, Paul Doyle, John Flynn, and Ruairí McGorman.

Runaway winners of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012, the superlative Chatham Saxophone Quartet has repeatedly won plaudits for its bravura performances and versatility.  The quartet's members - Daniel Dunne (soprano saxophone), Darren Hatch (alto saxophone), Ciaran Sutton (tenor saxophone) and Ian Finlay (baritone saxophone) - have worked closely with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and ConTempo String Quartet in transcribing the string quartet repertoire for wind instruments. With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, as well as performing with multimedia works using tapes, tracks and visuals, this unique ensemble pushes the boundaries of what we know the saxophone quartet to be.

The aim of Wood Quay Summer Sessions is to promote and support the great wealth of musical talent which exists in our capital city and across the country. Each week will showcase the very best of upcoming and established musical acts in a range of genres including jazz, traditional, soul, contemporary and rock. Kicking off the series on Thursday 6th July Improvised Music Company present Aleka and Cian Boylan Quartet featuring Ben Castle, details at The following Thursday 13th July sees New Dublin Voices presented by Contemporary Music Centre, details at On Thursday 20th July Fontaines and Loah are presented by First Music Contact, details at Admission is free so grab your lunch, bring your friends and join us at The Wood Quay Summer Sessions this July. This event is brought to you by Dublin City Council’s Events Section.



Music Network at Wood Quay Summer Sessions

Cormac Begley (concertina) & Libby McCrohan (bouzouki)

Chatham Saxophone Quartet – Daniel Dunne (soprano saxophone), Darren Hatch (alto saxophone), Ciaran Sutton (tenor saxophone), Ian Finlay (baritone saxophone)

Thursday 27th July, 1-2pm

Civic Offices Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Admission: FREE