Music Network Presents The Homecoming

03 December 2009

“The music. Button box wizard Paddy O’Brien gets it. Really gets it.”

Irish Music Magazine

“A singer of passion, grace and striking presence; she seems to personify both past and present.”

Irish Examiner on Susan McKeown

“Music that lives and breathes in the wider world.”


Fans of traditional Irish music will relish January’s tour, The Homecoming, which brings together four of Ireland’s finest musical émigrés: Susan McKeown, Paddy O’Brien, Aidan Brennan and Cillian Vallely. Forget all the hype about the Irish Brand – Aidan Brennan, Susan McKeown, Paddy O’Brien and Cillian Vallely are the real deal. All four left Ireland to ply their musical trade in the United States in the 1980s and 90s. They went, they played and they conquered.

Where to start? Famed for his encyclopedic knowledge of trad tunes, accordion maestro Paddy made his mark with the legendary Shanachie trio and continues to spread the Gaelic gospel with his highly-acclaimed groups Chulrua and The Doon Céilí Band.

Vocalist Susan McKeown hit the ground running with her debut album Bones in 1995. Eleven albums on she has a Grammy under her belt and list of collaborators that reads likes a who’s who: Natalie Merchant, Pete Seeger, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie, The Klezmatics and Andy Irvine.

Fellow Dubliner Aidan Brennan is a go-to guy on the Portland, Oregon trad scene who’s also worked with the likes of Martin Hayes, Emer Maycock, Johnny Cunningham, Loreena McKennitt as well as touring with Riverdance, while Armagh-born piper Cillian Vallely has appeared with fiddler Seamus Connolly, New York-based band Whirligig and on Tim O’Brien’s The Crossing. Oh yes, and he’s also a member of Celtic supergroup Lúnasa.

On Tour: Wednesday 13th BRAY (Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, 8pm), Thursday 14th THURLES (The Source Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 15th WATERVILLE (Tech Amergin, 8pm), Saturday 16th KNOCKAINEY, Co. Limerick (St. John’s Church, 8.30 pm), Sunday 17th NEW ROSS (St. Mary’s Church, 3.30 pm), Tuesday 19th DUBLIN (Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 20th MOATE (Tuar Ard Arts Centre, 8.30 pm), Thursday 21 CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 22nd LETTERKENNY (Regional Cultural Centre, 8pm), Saturday 23rd CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 8pm)

For Listings Editors:

Music Network January Tour:
Irish Traditional Music: The Homecoming
Susan McKeown,voice
Paddy O’Brien,accordion
Cillian Vallely, Uilleann pipes, low whistle
Aidan Brennan,guitar

Wed 13th January, BRAY
Mermaid Arts
Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €16 /€14
Booking Tel.: 01 2724030
Promoted by Mermaid Arts Centre

Thu 14th January, THURLES
The Source Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €18 /€16
Booking Tel.: 0504 90204
Promoted by The Source Arts Centre

Fri 15th January, WATERVILLE
Tech Amergin, 8:00PM
Tickets: €15 /€12
Booking Tel.: 066 9478956
Promoted by Tech Amergin

St. John's Church, 8:30 PM
Tickets: €10
Booking Tel.: 087 6803087
Promoted by Limerick County Council (together with Knockainey Historical &
Conservation Society)

Sun 17th January, NEW ROSS
St. Mary's Church, 3:30 PM
Tickets: €15 /€8 (students only)
Booking Tel.: 051 421766
Promoted by Music for New Ross

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

Wed 20th January, MOATE
Tuar Ard Arts Centre, 8:30 PM
Tickets: €12 /€10
Booking Tel.: 090 6482042
Promoted by Tuar Ard Arts Centre

Thu 21st January, CASTLEBAR
Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 /€12
Booking Tel.: 094 9023733
Promoted by Linenhall Arts Centre

The Abbey Centre
8:30 PM, €12 / €10
071 98 51375
Contact Maura Logue - Manager

Sat 23rd January, CLIFDEN
Station House Theatre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €12 /€10
Booking Tel.: 095 21699
Promoted by Clifden Arts Society


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