MUSIC NETWORK MAY TRADITIONAL IRISH TOUR, 19 - 28 MAY

06 April 2010

“David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather.”

Siobhan Long, Irish Times


Music Network’s May traditional Irish tour, Do Bhíosa Lá i bPortláirge sees uilleann piper David Power, flute player Ciarán Somers and fiddler Fionn Mac Goilla Chuda explore the music of the South East. Join them from 19 – 28 May as they unearth a veritable treasure trove of music with its origins in the Co. Waterford Gaeltacht and the surrounding region. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or www.musicnetwork.ie.

The title of this traditional Irish tour, which means “I spent a day in Waterford”, is the first line of a song once heard in national schools across the country. Could its catchy melody be influenced by the sunny local climate? Find out as this tour explores music with its origins in the Co. Waterford Gaeltacht and the surrounding region. Leading the charge is virtuoso uilleann piper David Power, former All-Ireland winner and a member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band in the early 90s. In recent years, he has recorded two highly-acclaimed solo CDs as well as performing alongside such trad giants as Tony Mac Mahon and Máirtín O’Connor.

Joining David is flute player Ciarán Somers, a native of Mhuine Bheag, Co. Carlow, who is noted for his musical links with Brittany: his recent CD Faoi Bhláth was recorded there with fiddler Dave Sheridan and Breton guitarist Nicolas Quemener, formerly of Arcady.

Dubliner Fionn Mac Goillachuda first fell in love with trad music in An Rinn, Co. Waterford, and later returned there to record two CDs with local musicians. In addition to numerous TV and radio appearances he has toured in Japan and across Europe in the distinguished company of The Helvick Heads, Dónal Clancy and Gorumna.

On Tour:  Wednesday 19th May DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM), Thursday 20th May, CALLAN (Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, 8:00 PM), Friday 21st May, BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30 PM), Saturday 22nd May, TIPPERARY (Tipperary Excel Centre, 8:00 PM), Sunday 23rd May, TRALEE (Siamsa Tíre, 8:00 PM), Monday 24th May, CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8:00 PM), Wednesday 26th May, CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Thursday 27th May, BALLINA (Ballina Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Fri 28th May, NAVAN (Solstice Arts Centre, 8:00 PM)


FOR LISTINGS EDITORS:

Music Network presents
Traditional Irish Tour
Do Bhíosa Lá i bPortláirge – Music from the South East
Tour dates: Wednesday 19 – Friday 28 May 2010

David Power, Uilleann pipes
Fionn Mac Goillachuda, fiddle
Ciarán Somers, flute

“David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather.” Siobhan Long, Irish Times

David Power, Uilleann pipes
Fionn Mac Giolla Chuda, fiddle
Ciarán Somers, flute

Wed 19th May, DUBLIN
The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10 / €40 (Family)
Booking Tel.: 01 6719429
Promoted by Music Network

Thu 20th May, CALLAN
Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10
Booking Tel.: 056 7761497
Promoted by Music in Kilkenny

Fri 21st May, BAILE MHÚIRNE
Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10 / €5
Booking Tel.: 026 45733
Promoted by Ionad Cultúrtha

Sat 22nd May, TIPPERARY
Tipperary Excel Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10
Booking Tel.: 062 80520
Promoted by Tipperary Excel Centre

Sun 23rd May, TRALEE
Siamsa Tíre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €16 / €13
Booking Tel.: 066 7123055
Promoted by Siamsa Tíre

Mon 24th May, CLIFDEN
Station House Theatre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €12 / €10
Booking Tel.: 095 21699
Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

Wed 26th May, CASTLEBAR
Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking Tel.: 094 9023733
Promoted by Linenhall Arts Centre

Thu 27th May, BALLINA
Ballina Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €12 / €10
Booking Tel.: 096 73593
Promoted by Ballina Arts Centre

Fri 28th May, NAVAN
Solstice Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking Tel.: 046 9092300
Promoted by Solstice Arts Centre


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