News Round Up: Liam Ó Maonlaí, Kevin Burke & Tim Edey January Tour

27 January 2016

Audience reaction:  

“The standard of musicianship was second to none, but best of all was the lovely atmosphere and rapport amongst the three musicians.” – Deirdre Horlacher, The Sugar Club

View videos of their performance here and here.

“What a trio of talent. Thank you for the years of memorable tunes. Great scéals too!” – Noelle Lynskey, Birr Theatre

“Absolutely stunning performances from three superb musicians at the top of their game. A night to remember!” – Finola Earley, Pavilion Theatre



Siobhan Long spoke to the trio about repertoire choice for their tour.

“Our common denominator is traditional Irish music,” Burke says. “We all look outside the general repertoire that you’d expect from traditional musicians, so when we got together [for rehearsals], a few things came up naturally from our back catalogues. And one thing that’s very clear is that Tim is an incredible accompanist.”

Read the full article here.

The lads caught up with Rónán at Raidio na Gaeltachta early in the tour for a chat and a tune.

Liam Ó Maonlaí spoke to Larissa Nolan about his experience in employment as a door-to-door book seller, the article featured in The Sunday Times on 17 January.

While on route to the National Opera House, Wexford, Kevin Burke received the news that he had been awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2016.

“When I first received the news I was both surprised and overwhelmed,” Burke says. “My thoughts then went right back to boyhood and all the generous and spirited people I learned from, many of whom are gone now. That was a time when awards such as this didn’t exist. What would they make of it? A skinny kid from London receiving such an honour for playing Irish fiddle music.”

See full details of award recipients here.


Masterclasses and seminars:

During this tour, Kevin Burke and Tim Edey hosted outreach activities for music students around the country. A total of 53 participants were involved over the four sessions, which included a seminar with Kevin Burke on Irish fiddle, and guitar and accordion workshops with Tim Edey. Connecting our work in music performance to music education aims to give young musicians rich, holistic musical experiences.


Some feedback from our workshop coordinators:

“It is wonderful to be able to offer our audiences a chance to deepen their understanding of music and music performance through engaging with performers in workshop and seminar style events. We're delighted that Music Network provides this possibility in conjunction with their performance programme offerings to us. “

Orla Henihan, Linenhall Arts Centre (Kevin Burke seminar)


“Kevin Burke very willingly shared his knowledge with the participants and regardless of age and experience; everyone got something out of it.”

Emma Nee Haslam, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre


“Well Done to Music Network for bringing together highly accomplished musicians to perform in our local towns!”

Áine Kennedy, Danescastle Music Group (Tim Edey workshop, held at National Opera House)

Danecastle Music Group are 2013 MCS awardees


Photos and videos:

Get a flavour of the opening night at The Sugar Club, Dublin here and a take on the Hothouse Flowers classic 'Don't Go'.

Credit: Emily O'Callaghan


Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

Credit: Peter Crann


Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne


Station House Theatre, Clifden

A lively night in Clifden!


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 our Liam O Maonlai, Kevin Burke and Time Edey tour in January 2016. Read them here.

For more information on the tour, see here.