Music Network presents Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

04 September 2019

Percussion virtuosos Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan cook up a programme of new music to tickle your tastebuds and defy your expectations. 



Music Network presents Bangers and Crash Percussion Group on tour from 2nd – 11th October 2019. Featuring percussion virtuosos Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan, the group will bring their exciting programme of 20th and 21st century music to Dublin, Waterford, Bray, Clifden, Portlaoise, Castlebar, Cork and Ennis.

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don't exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that's what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan take to the road with their kit bag of the usual suspects of the drum world, along with a fascinating array of metal, wood, string, and some surprising household objects.

The group’s appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible. Audiences can look forward to a rich and varied selection of music by composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Thierry De Mey, as well as a new Music Network commission by Alex Petcu.

Meanwhile, Music Network’s programme of learning and participation activities will provide opportunities for primary school students, secondary school students and community music ensembles to delve deeper into the world of percussion during a series of large-scale workshops with members of Bangers and Crash Percussion Group. Participating students will discover how percussion instruments provide the backbone for almost every style of music, from classical scores to cartoon soundtracks. They’ll also learn about the exciting world where music and science meet, with a chance to make and perform on their own instruments. Students participating in these workshops will be invited to come along to the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group touring performances with their families at a discounted rate.

Music Network’s Autumn touring programme continues later in October with the captivating leader of the new wave of young European improvising trumpeters Airelle Besson and her compelling trio. In November Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe will tour with “increasingly hot property in the opera business” Ben Johnson – bringing intensity and a new clarity to Bach, Giuliani and Walton, and adventure and risk to contemporary work.

Ticket prices range from €5-€25 depending on the venue and special offer ticket bundles are available for Dublin concerts.


Bangers and Crash Percussion Group

2nd – 11th October

Alex Petcu, percussion 
Emma King, percussion 
Brian Dungan, percussion


Tim Ouderits & Tom Ouderits Surprise! | Alyssa Weinberg Table Talk | Elliot Cole Postlude No 8 | Philip Glass Madeira River | Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas | Steve Snowden A Man with a Gun Lives Here | Alex Petcu New Music Network Commission | Thierry de Mey Musique de Table | Gene Koshinski And So the Wind Blew


Wed 2 Oct | The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 €20 / €15 / €10 8pm 01-4750224 / Promoted by Music Network

Thurs 3 Oct | The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford €17 / €15 / €5 on the door 7.30pm (info only) Promoted by Waterford Music

Fri 4 Oct | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray €16 / €14 8pm 01-2724030 /

Sat 5 Oct | Station House Theatre, Clifden €15 / €12 on the door 8pm 095-21699 / (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

Tues 8 Oct | Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise €15 / €10 (+ bkg fee) 7pm 057-8663355 / Promoted by Laois County Council Arts Office

Wed 9 Oct | Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar €16 / €14 8pm 094-9023733 /

Thurs 10 Oct | Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music €20 / €15 / €10 / €5 7.30pm Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society

Fri 11 Oct | glór, Ennis €16 / €14 8pm 065-6843103 /


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NOTES: About the performers

Alex Petcu has established himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. He is well-known for his incredible solo and chamber music performances and has featured as a soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. He also holds an MSc in Physics from UCC, so if the required sounds don’t exist on conventional instruments he just invents and builds what he needs.

Emma King is a London-based percussionist whose reputation has grown rapidly in the UK music scene, in particular through her performances as a Cajónero with the Glasgow and London Drum Shows. She joined the West End/Broadway percussion show STOMP in 2014 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America with the company.

Brian Dungan is in high demand as an orchestral percussionist and works regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and Crash Ensemble. He featured in Steve Reich’s famous Music for 18 Musicians in a collaborative performance with Crash Ensemble, Bang on a Can Allstars and Sō Percussion in Dublin in 2014.