Top 5 Reasons not to miss Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh & Nell Ní Chróinín

26 August 2019

1You won’t have heard this before

These are 4 of the country’s finest traditional musicians at the very top of their game. They are playing together for the first time on this tour and have created a new and gorgeous sound together. The result of their collaboration is even greater than the sum of their parts! Have a listen for yourself here:


2. Tara Breen is a musical wizard

Tara Breen is the fiddler with the legendary Cheiftans. She’s an all-round extraordinary musician who plays 9 instruments! She is the winner of both the coveted Fiddler of Dooney and Michael Coleman Fiddle competitions and was invited to perform at Dublin Castle for the Queen of England during her State visit to Ireland.

3. Laoise Kelly is a revolutionary harper

Regarded as “the most significant harper of her generation”, Laoise has recorded on over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists. Laoise has revolutionised the solo Irish harp and “has made it OK for a harp to sit in the centre of the session and be the heart of the trad band headlining the festival.” – Niall Keegan, Irish World Academy, UL

4. Josephine Marsh knows a thing or two about writing a great tune

Josephine’s music career has seen her perform in Australia, Europe and America, with a highlight being an invitation to perform for President Clinton on Capitol Hill. She is a composer of considerable note and her compositions have been recorded by many revered artists such as Cherish the Ladies, Mike McGoldrick, The London Lassies and Líadan.

5. The soaring beauty of Nell Ní Chróinín's voice

Currently the lead singer with high-powered traditional band Danú, Nell Ní Chróinín is a celebrated sean-nós singer. The Irish Times described Nell as “a singer to watch as she spreads her wings beyond the world of solo sean-nós” and the Journal of Music said she’s “commonly acknowledged as the most exciting traditional singing talent of her generation”.

Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh & Nell Ní Chróinín are or tour with Music Network from 11 - 23 September 2019 with concerts in Dublin, Ennis, Baile Mhúirne, Wexford, Portlaoise, Listowel, Limerick, Dún Laoghaire, London, Letterkenny, Sligo and Clifden. Tickets cost €5-€20, depending on the venue. Book now at