Music Network presents CROSSING THE SHANNON - Traditional Irish Music Tour January 2011

15 December 2010

"Danú’s greatest asset is Nic Amhlaoibh’s magnificently earthy voice." -Siobhan Long, Irish Times, 2010

“It’s hard to beat the classic combination of flute and fiddle and no better men than John Wynne and John McEvoy to show us why.” -Hot Press magazine


Music Network presents acclaimed vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the three Johns – Wynne (flute), McEvoy (fiddle) and Blake (guitar, flute, bouzouki) – as they bring audiences on a musical journey across the Shannon to revel in the sublime sounds of the West of Ireland from 12 - 21 January 2011. 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

History, geography and music intermingle in our first trad tour, which celebrates the rich heritage of the West of Ireland. In times past, many fine musicians crossed the Shannon to board the emigrant boat, fuelling the vibrant Irish music scenes in London and Birmingham where John Blake and John McEvoy learned their craft. This tour is a musical homecoming, re-crossing the Shannon to explore the wild dance music, slow airs  and haunting songs of the West that likewise inspired Muireann Nic Amhlaoidh and John Wynne, as they grew up in their respective home counties of Kerry and Roscommon.

Though Muireann is best known for her work with Danú, winning the BBC 2 Folk Award for "Best Group" in 2004, she has also performed with the likes of Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Darrell Scott, Liam Clancy and The Bulgarian Women’s Choir. Regarded as one of the best traditional Irish flute players of his generation, John Wynne is a regular collaborator with fiddler John McEvoy and both players are proud ambassadors for the music of North Connaught, while multi-instrumentalist John Blake is a highly sought after musician who has featured on albums by Lamond Gillespie, Mick Leahy, Colm Gannon and Sean Potts.

On Tour: Wednesday 12th January DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Friday 14th January BRAY, (Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 15th January AN DAINGEAN (An Lab, 8pm), Sunday 16th January WATERVILLE (Tech Amergin, 8pm), Tuesday 18th January CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8pm), Wednesday 19th January CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Thursday 20th January LIMERICK (Belltable Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 21st January DUN LAOGHAIRE (Pavilion Theatre, 8pm)

Further details here