Something peculiar is happening this Winter!

16 October 2014


Music Network and The Ark are delighted to present A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing, a brand new family festive music show by composer Brian Irvine. Touring nationally from 22 November – 21 December 2014 the show can be seen in Dublin, Castlebar, Sligo, Bray, Virginia, Letterkenny, Portlaoise, Tralee, Newbridge and Drogheda. Details at


With a dynamic blend of original music, improvisation and audience interaction, this intimate and alternative festive show – with an atmosphere that feels part circus, part Tim Burton - will explore the magic and mystery of all things snowy with favourite memories of winter and some new ones too.

Coming together to perform the music are four virtuoso musicians with an eclectic repertoire of classical, contemporary, jazz and improvising music – whose mission is to explode your world! Pianist Matthew Bourne is one of the brightest lights on the UK jazz scene, a free improviser and wild musician. Joining him is Matthew Sharp, a cellist that likes to sing and talk while playing cello - a walking circus, brimming with energy. The one man percussion orchestra that is Alex Petcu on marimba performs a blend of exotic timbres, pulsing rhythms and interwoven melody lines. Anchoring this wonderful interplay between the four instruments is bass clarinettist Paul Roe, a steady pair of hands and one of Ireland's most distinguished contemporary musicians.

The national tour of A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing is funded by an Arts Council Touring Award and is the first production from a new strategic partnership between Music Network and The Ark. This partnership aims to create dynamic and engaging music performances made specifically for children. Through developing an audience and demand for quality music created especially for young people, this  partnership also aims to strengthen the musical landscape in this area to create long term development that benefits children, musicians, venues, schools, teachers, parents and future generations.

Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country, details at Tickets for the Dublin shows are available now from €8 and can be purchased at or by calling The Ark on (01) 6707788.

About Music Network
Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland. In partnership with The Ark we provide high quality programming to children and families.  Through our subsidiary company, Music Generation, we connect tours with music education programmes, giving children and young people rich, holistic musical experiences.  Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Full details at

About The Ark
The Ark is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. The programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks, so audiences both young and not so young can expect a different experience every visit. The Ark gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funder the Arts Council and also its other annual supporters: the Department of Education and Skills, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council.  

FOR LISTINGS EDITORS                 

Music Network and The Ark Present A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing
22 November – 21 December 2014
Music by: Brian Irvine
Lyrics by: John McIlduff
Visual Design by: Matthew Robins
Performers: Matthew Bourne (piano), Matthew Sharp (cello & voice), Alex Petcu (percussion), Paul Roe (clarinet), Emma Fisher (visuals)

The Ark, Dublin
Sat 22 Nov: 2PM All tickets €9
School performances:
Tue 25 - Thu 27 Nov & Tue 16 - Thu 18 Dec: 10.15am & 12.15pm
Public shows:
Sat 29 Nov, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Dec, Sat 20 & Sun 21 Dec: 2pm & 4pm
Tickets: €12/€9. Family Ticket €40 for 4.
20% off for Family Members.
Booking: 01 6707788 /

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Monday 1 December
10:15AM & 12:15PM (School performances)     
Tickets: €5
Booking: 094 9023733

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Tuesday 2 December
11:15AM (School performance)
Tickets: €6 / €5 (Teachers free)
Booking: 071 9161518

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Thursday 4 December
10:15AM & 12:15PM (School performances)
Tickets: €8 (Teachers free)
Booking: 01 2724030

The Ramor Theatre, Virginia
Friday 5 December
Tickets: €5
Booking: 049 8547074

Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
Sunday 7 December
Tickets: €5
Booking: 074 9120777

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Tuesday 9 December
Tickets: €7 (Teachers free)
Booking: 057 8663355

Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Wednesday 10 December
Tickets: €6
Booking: 066 7123055

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Thursday 11 December
10:00AM & 12:00PM
Tickets: €6 (Teachers free)
Booking: 045 448327

Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Friday 12 December
11:15AM & 7:00PM
Tickets: €5 (for 11:15AM) / €6 (for 7:00PM)
Booking: 041 9833946


Press information: 
Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network t: 01 475 0224/087 649 0818
Sinead O’Doherty, Gerry Lundberg PR t: 01 679 8476/ 086 259 1070