The line-up for the concerts comprises Albiez Trio featuring Tóla Custy (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp) and Cormac Breatnach (whistles) at glór in Ennis, Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin) and Alex Petcu (marimba/percussion) at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (voice and flute) and Gerry O’Beirne (voice and guitars) at National Opera House, Wexford, Christine Tobin (voice) and Phil Robson (guitars) at Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, and Dermot Byrne (accordion) and Steve Cooney (guitar) as part of The Dock Summer Sessions at The Market Yard, Carrick-On-Shannon.
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Music Network Sharon Rollston said: “We are delighted to announce this new series of concerts. Music Network: Live and Local will take place in five venues across Ireland on Friday 14th August 2020. We have all deeply missed the live music experience since lockdown back in March and it is great to be able to offer people the opportunity to hear musicians perform in person again.
“On Friday 14th August, audience members can attend their local arts spaces in Ennis, Cork, Wexford, Baile Mhúirne and Carrick-On-Shannon and enjoy stunning live music performances of classical, jazz, traditional and folk music, with some of Ireland’s finest musicians taking to the stage.”
Audiences can look forward to seeing Albiez Trio perform at glór, bringing their unique, globally enriched style of traditional music to Ennis. Virtuosic sibling duo Ioana Petcu-Colan and Alex Petcu will present a bold and beautiful violin and percussion lunchtime programme at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City, and Wexford music-lovers can expect stories in song during an engaging and joyful musical performance from old friends Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Gerry O’Beirne at the National Opera House. Baile Mhúirne’s Ionad Cultúrtha welcomes a night of stellar jazz with vocalist Christine Tobin and guitarist Phil Robson, while The Dock Summer Sessions at The Market Yard in Carrick-On-Shannon presents a special outdoor concert with beautiful and spirited Irish traditional tunes by Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney.
Music Network’s partner venues have been working hard to ensure that audience members can enjoy live music again in an environment that is as safe and as comfortable as possible, in adherence with current public health guidelines. Patrons are advised to familiarise themselves with each venue’s specific terms and conditions of sale on the venue’s website at the time of booking.
Music Network: Live and Local forms part of a larger initiative, Ireland on Stage Live, with live music, theatre, comedy and dance performances taking place throughout Ireland on 14 August 2020.