The season kicks off on 8th February with a powerhouse of performers who have been involved in some of the country’s most lauded ensembles: Noriana Kennedy of The Whileaways and Solas on vocals and banjo, Cherish the Ladies’ Mirella Murray on accordion, Donogh Hennessy, Lúnasa founding member on guitar, and Téada’s Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle. This quartet will bring sublime songs, energetic tunes and captivating arrangements to audiences around the country on their tour which runs through to 20th February.
From 12th-21st March, the string trio of Maxim Rysanov, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and Dóra Kokas will bring their unique brand of magic to venues. Led by Grammy-nominated violist Maxim Rysanov and performing together for the very first time, the trio also features magnificent violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, and one of the rising stars of the classical music world, cellist Dóra Kokas. The programme will showcase the elegance and exuberance of Mozart’s only string trio, Beethoven’s glorious Trio in G Major, a thought-provoking work by Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Ed Bennett.
April sees the stunning Irish soprano Claudia Boyle joined by Niall O’Sullivan on trumpet and Brian Connor on piano on what is sure to be an unmissable tour. From 13th-26th April, the trio will present an eclectic programme, with dazzling interpretations of Handel’s ‘Let The Bright Seraphim’, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, in addition to operatic favourites by Donizetti and Verdi, music by the ever popular Piazzolla and a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Solfa Carlile.
From 3rd-14th May, Music Network presents Kentucky fiddle and hardanger fiddle player Liz Knowles, Congolese guitarist and vocalist Niwel Tsumbu and Irish concertina player Niall Vallely in a unique cross-cultural, cross-genre collaboration. Expect striking melodies, beautiful harmonies, deep rhythmic grooves and all-round joie de vivre in a concert that’s sure to be a balm for the soul.
And lastly, from 13th-22nd June, two of the leading jazz artists of our time, bassist Linda May Han Oh and pianist Fabian Almazan take to Irish stages. This highly creative duo will perform mostly original works, with Almazan drawing inspiration from his Cuban heritage and musical training in jazz and classical idioms, and Oh showcasing the skills and innate musicality which have seen her collaborate with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Chief Executive Sharon Rollston says, ‘As whole new year of musical possibilities beckons, we’re excited to bring you our brand new season of tours, running from February to June 2023. Music Network would like to express our gratitude to our principal funder The Arts Council, our Friends and our network of partner promoters across the country. Your continued support helps us to bring affordable, exceptional quality live music to venues throughout Ireland and to provide professional opportunities for musicians.’
Book your tickets for our upcoming tours here.