Music Network Presents ‘The Teetotallers’ Début Tour

07 December 2011

Music Network Presents ‘The Teetotallers’ Début Tour, Featuring Acclaimed Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and John Doyle from 17 – 25 January 2012

‘If someone told me about a new trio comprising Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, and John Doyle, I would have replied: keep dreaming. Yet that’s exactly what we have: a dream team made real’.

Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo

Be among the first to hear the newly formed trad supergroup, The Teetotallers, made up of TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year, Martin Hayes, on fiddle, acclaimed flute player Kevin Crawford from Lúnasa, and Grammy award nominee and guitar maestro John Doyle in what is sure to be one of the musical highlights of 2012 on their début Irish tour from 17 - 25 January 2012. 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 RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or

Where to start? One of the most important Irish musicians of his generation, fiddler Martin Hayes had picked up six all-Ireland championships by the age of 19 before setting off on an musical odyssey that has brought his lyrical east Clare sound into the worlds of jazz, film, theatre and modern dance.

Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Kevin Crawford has been a key member of two of Ireland’s most celebrated instrumental bands, Moving Cloud and Lúnasa. Awash with plaudits for his solo albums, the former Irish Echo Artist of the Year has also collaborated with the likes of Grianán, Raise the Rafters, Joe Derrane, Natalie Merchant, Susan McKeown and Sean Tyrrell.

Dubliner John Doyle’s filigree finger-picking guitar style is the perfect foil for the understated mastery of Hayes and Crawford. A founding member of Irish-American band Solas and recently bandleader for the Joan Baez band, Doyle received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for his collaboration with Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll, Double Play. And did we mention Doyle’s tenor vocals and cracking bouzouki and mandolin playing? Simply unmissable.

A preview of the trio in action can be seen on Christmas night courtesy of TG4 as part of Geantraí na Nollag at 9pm.

On Tour: Tuesday 17th January, Dublin (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8 pm),
Wednesday 18th January, Newbridge, (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8 pm), Friday 20th January, Tipperary Town (Tipperary Excel Centre, 8pm), Saturday 21st January, Bray
(Mermaid Arts Centre, 8 pm), Sunday 22nd January, Sligo (Hawk’s Well Theatre, 8 pm), Monday 23rd January, Clifden (Station House Theatre, 8 pm), Monday 23rd January, Clifden (Station House Theatre, 8 pm), Tuesday 24th January, Castlebar
(Linenhall Arts Centre, 8 pm), Wednesday 25th January, Carrick On Shannon
(The Dock, 8:30 pm)

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