News Round Up: Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain & Pádraig Rynne January Tour

27 January 2017


Irish Music Magazine's Anne Marie Kennedy interviewed concertina player Pádraig Rynne for the magazine's 2017 annual. They discussed his background and heard his enthusiasm for the Music Network Irish-Scottish collaborative.

"...I like to explore other cultures, see how their music makes common ground with my own, find new ways to embrace it, create an overall new sound..."

Read the full article here.

The ensemble's visit to the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, coincided with Letterkenny Trad Week, 20-30th January. In addition to their performance, each of the musicians hosted workshops, organised by the Donegal MEP and the RCC in conjunction with Music Network.



Their performance at the Station House Theatre, Clifden, marked the opening event of Clifden Arts Society's 40th anniversary. Clifden Arts Festival will be celebrating 40 years this September.

Kris Drever interviewed with South East Radio and Connemara Community Radio ahead of concerts at the National Opera House, Wexford and Station House Theatre. Media partner RTÉ lyric fm aired music from Julie Fowlis to promote the tour, and recorded the final performance at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, which will be aired next month. 


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 Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain & Pádraig Rynne tour in January 2017. Read them here.


Learning and Participation Activities:

As part of their tour, the four musicians facilitated Learning and Participation activities around the country. 76 participants took part across the eleven workshops in Wexford, Dublin, Sligo, Ennis and Letterkenny.


"It’s wonderful for, especially young musicians, to have the opportunity to workshop with touring musicians, that inspire and instill a love of their craft. Many thanks." Emer O’Flaherty, Music Generation Clare

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



The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, Tuesday 17 January



The Sugar Club, Dublin 2, Tuesday 17 January

Credit: John Soffe Photography


Station House Theatre, Clifden, Monday 23 January