Spring 2017 Highlights

18 May 2017

Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain & Pádraig Rynne January Tour

Music Network’s Spring 2017 season opened with the dream line up of Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain and Pádraig Rynne, visit venues in Wexford, Dublin, Sligo, Ennis, Drogheda, Newbridge, Letterkenny, Clifden and Dún Laoghaire.

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..."

Credit: John Soffe Photography


Dinosaur February Tour

Music Network’s Spring 2017 season continued with new British jazz "supergroup" Dinosaur, who visited venues in Dublin, Sligo, Castlebar, Letterkenny, Tinahely, Dún Laoghaire, Clifden and Cork.

Bandleader Laura Jurd interviewed with Cormac Larkin of The Irish Times, about what happens when your first record is Miles Davis and the gender gap. 

"...I think Miles is a hero. I’m completely obsessed with the guy. I just admire his attitude as a person, how he changed [his music] over the decades..."

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography

"They approach their music with an improvisational joi de vivre, happily galloping over any genre barriers en route. I doubt if I will attend a better gig, of any kind, this year." Senan O'Reilly, Courthouse Arts Centre


Emmanuelle Bertrand & Pascal Amoyel March Tour

Cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Pascal Amoyel toured to venues Warrenpoint, Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Wexford, Clifden, Dún Laoghaire, Tralee and Waterford on their Music Network tour in March.

On Wednesday 22nd March ahead of their St. Ann's concert, the duo performed for RTÉ Radio 1's Arena, and Emmanuelle spoke to Seán Rocks about the tour.

Credit: Frances Marshall Photography

"A wonderful concert, excellent variety, loved how passionate Pascal and Emmanuelle were about their instruments" Audience Member, Warrenpoint


Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan & Helena Wood April Tour

All-violin quartet featuring Leaders and Associate Leaders of Ireland's most prestigious orchestras - Mia Cooper, Katherine Hunka, Ioana Petcu-Colan and Helena Wood. In April the quartet toured to venues in Dublin, Birr, Newbridge, Dún Laoghaire, Castlebar, Clifden, Limerick, Cork and Tinahely.

Pat O'Kelly from the Irish Independent reviewed the opening night of the tour at St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, and described Ian Wilson's new work, commissioned by Music Network especially for this tour, 'Quattro Stagioni' as "rich in instrumental colour as it moves from the tingling crispness of winter through spring's reawakening and summer's haze to autumn." 




"So glad I came to Birr! Cracking gig! Brave Mmes Cooper, Hunka, Petcu-Colan & Wood! Bravo Ian Wilson & @MusNetIrl" Andrew Smith, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre


Darol Anger & Republic of Strings May Tour

Darol Anger and his all-star ensemble Republic of Strings - Tristan Clarridge, John Mailander and Emy Phelps - visited venues in Dublin, Tinahely, Wexford, Baltimore, Bray, Ennis, Castlebar, Culdaff and Newbridge in May 2017. 

The band went to RTÉ to record a session for lyric fm's The Blue of the Night which aired the night before the tour.

Credit: Ronnie Norton, LonesomeHighway.com

"Had my brow lifted to a new high and was whisked off on a much unexpected journey through their approach to Classical, Jazz, Swing, Folk and of course some Bluegrass." Ronnie Norton, The Sugar Club, Dublin 2