News Round Up: ‘Edges of Light’ September Tour

28 September 2016

Audience reaction:

“It was an absolutely beautiful, moving and joyous experience tonight. Loved it.” - Helen Daly, The Sugar Club

“We saw the show in Roscommon Arts Centre last night. It’s brilliant! GO TO SEE IT! You will not be disappointed. Talented musicians and amazing dancer who put enormous energy into his performance. I knew many people in the audience and they all had a very enjoyable evening. Well done and thanks for coming out to the regions.” - Hannah Mole, Roscommon Arts Centre

“Loved the show last night, lovely to be able to enjoy raw talent in such an intimate setting!” - Maeve Fearon, The Sugar Club

“Went to go see #Edgesoflight from @MusNetIrl @sugarclubdublin tonight with @kevincarrphoto #greatcraic” - Orlaith Carr, The Sugar Club

“@MusNetIrl #edgesoflight. Just sublime. Do yourself a favour and go. On tour now, check it out.” - Ellen Cranitch, The Sugar Club

“Saw Maeve Gilchrist, Colin Dunne, Tola Custy and David Power in The Linenhall last night. Great stuff… go see them on tour! @Music Network” - Robbie Harris, Linenhall Arts Centre



Seán Laffey of Irish Music Magazine spoke to Music Network Programmes Manager Deirdre Moynihan on how she and Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston came across Dublin Mean Time when researching ideas for this new commission. Tola Custy and Colin Dunne shared with us how the commission is taking shape.

"Some of the tunes we selected are quite old but there are new compositions too. One for example is a slow air written by Maeve, called She Sells Time." Tola Custy, fiddle

Read the full article here.

The Irish Times also featured a piece on the 'Edges of Light' tour. Concerts on the tour started at 8.25pm, Dublin Mean Time, which provided the inspiration for the commission. Read the full article here.

The opening night of 'Edges of Light' was met with an overwhelming response and standing ovation from the audience. Paul O'Connor ( was at the concert and offered the following review.

Credit: John Soffe Photography

"Between (to oversimplify!) the pin-point accuracy of Power’s playing, the liveliness of Gilchrist’s and the immersiveness of Custy’s, the music alone is a pure pleasure. It is given a further lift by the particular interactiveness of this show, the way the musicians respond to one another … as if this tendency in them had been somewhat heightened by how fundamental it is to Dunne’s art."


Programme notes:

For each of our tours, we commission influential writers to add flavour to our programmes. Musician, composer and broadcaster Ellen Cranitch wrote the programme notes for the 'Edges of Light' tour in September 2016. Read them here.


Learning and Participation Activities:

Fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power facilitated a number of Learning and Participation activities including instrumental workshops, an individual mentor session, and a group demonstration and Q&A, where they discussed their influences and the inspiration for their Music Network tour.

"It was wonderful for the students to see Maeve in concert and then to receive an inspirational masterclass." - Dr Clíona Doris, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Connecting our work in music performance to music education aims to give young musicians rich, holistic musical experiences. Read more on the activities for this tour, and other tours, here.



The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, Tuesday 13 September

Credit: John Soffe Photography


Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Wednesday 21 September

Credit: John Soffe Photography