Music Network presents Ergodos Musicians

13 January 2016

Music Network presents Ergodos Musicians
On tour 3 – 11 February: A celebration of song from medieval hymns and Baroque arias to 70s folk-rock and contemporary pop

‘Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition’ ★★★★ ‘CD Choice’ – The Irish Times

“Bewitching” – The Classical Ear 

Prepare to be utterly entranced as Ergodos Musicians, a dynamic collective of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians celebrate the undying power of song, the most constant of musical forms. The ensemble segues seamlessly from medieval hymns and Baroque arias to 70s folk-rock and contemporary pop, one beguiling meditation on love, longing and loss melting into the next. They embark on a seven-date Music Network tour from 3 - 11 February 2016. Details at

Ergodos is the brainchild of composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice, their gossamer arrangements creating an ethereal world where the hushed awe of a cathedral meets the intimacy of a late-night jazz club. In this incarnation, the clear, haunting tones of Michelle O’Rourke’s voice float above an ensemble with the lightest of touches. Cellist Kate Ellis, Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, has performed alongside Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley and Dawn Upshaw, while reed maestro and fellow musical acrobat Seán Mac Erlaine has appeared with Bill Frisell, The Smith Quartet, Hayden Chisholm, Lisa Hannigan, Iarla Ó Lionáird and The Gloaming.

For this tour they will serve up dramatic and hauntingly beautiful interpretations of works by Perotin, Händel, Donnacha Dennehy, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle, The xx, Andrew Hamilton, John Dowland, Vivaldi, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Turlough O’Carolan. Full programme details below.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible. During this tour, Garrett Sholdice and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, composers and co-founders of Ergodos will host a variety of outreach activities for music students around the country including two workshops in four of the tour locations: Clifden, Carlow, Wicklow and Tralee. Connecting our work in music performance to music education aims to give young musicians rich, holistic musical experiences. 

Music Network’s Spring 2016 season provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices and features music inspired by Shakespeare from jazz legend Andy Sheppard; one of classical music’s brightest stars Chloë Hanslip; and foot-stomping folk music with Le Vent du Nord. Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin are available from €15 and details are at
Programme to include:
Beata viscera (c.1220) – Perotin
With darkness deep (1750) – G.F. Händel 
The white birds (2010) – Donnacha Dennehy 
Beat the retreat (1975) – Richard Thompson 
Goodbye (1995) – Steve Earle
I am weary of lying alone – Traditional 
Turn hopeless lover – G.F. Händel
Angels (2012) – The xx
May (2008) – Andrew Hamilton
Flow my tears – John Dowland
Vedrò con mio diletto (1724) – Antonio Vivaldi
Go not to Lethe – Benedict Schlepper-Connolly (a setting of John Keats)
Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill (c. 1692–1738) – Turlough O’Carolan
Raise thou our hopes of endless light (1750) – G.F Händel
On tour 3 – 11 February. Details at