Music Network announces its Spring/Summer 2021 digital touring programme

Music Network announces its Spring/Summer 2021 digital touring programme
Music Network has announced its exciting new Spring/Summer digital touring programme, running from 12 May – 1 July 2021.

The programme, which Music Network is presenting in collaboration with 14 partner promoters around Ireland, features a quartet of masterful cellists, awe-inspiring Americana and a spectacular performance by two of Ireland’s outstanding young classical musicians. Audiences can also look forward to two new Music Network commissions, artist interviews and composer insight sessions, all available to enjoy from home.

Tickets can be purchased for the performances on Music Network’s Onjam.tv channel, as well as on a range of online platforms and dates hosted by Music Network’s nationwide partners Belltable (Limerick), Garter Lane Theatre (Waterford), glór (Ennis), Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhuirne), Linenhall Arts Centre (Castlebar), Music in Kilkenny, National Opera House (Wexford), Riverbank Arts Centre (Newbridge), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee), St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre (Listowel), The Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely), The Dock (Carrick-on-Shannon) and Waterford Music.

Audiences are encouraged to support their local venues and tickets cost €10 (booking fee may apply). For more information, or to book visit: musicnetwork.ie.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: "We are thrilled to present this series of three digital tours featuring world-class musicians based both in Ireland and internationally. Filmed in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin and The Station Inn, Nashville, Tennessee, the concerts provide musicians with a very welcome opportunity to perform for audiences across Ireland and further afield.

"As attending your local live music venue is still not an option just yet, Music Network is committed to providing inspirational and uplifting live music experiences for music lovers to enjoy at home.”

The series begins on 12th May with a new Music Network collaboration between four masterful cellists, William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh. Guided by their collective musical influences, the cellists have crafted an inspirational and varied programme which celebrates the beauty of their instrument. Audiences can look forward to marvellous arrangements of works by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, Mozart’s beautiful Ave Verum Corpus, a fiery exchange between two cellos in Barrière’s popular Sonata in G Major, Debussy’s uber-romantic Clair de Lune and Gershwin’s jazz-infused favourite ‘Summertime’. Contemporary music for this unusual combination is well catered for in Ailbhe McDonagh’s own Cellango and An Autumn Night’s Dream, a new Music Network commission by composer Conor Linehan.

10 String Symphony
featuring Rachel Baiman (fiddle, banjo, vocals) and Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle, vocals) will hit our screens from 26th May. These are musicians whose roots are firmly in the old-timey Americana tradition, but whose musical explorations take them fearlessly into the present and beyond, creating songs and sound worlds that are immediate and compelling. Although they are just two in number, their sound and impact is massively amplified by their bright and brilliant use of technology and clever arrangements. Originally billed to tour Ireland in 2020, this is one digital concert that is not to be missed.

Regarded as two of Ireland’s most outstanding young musicians, international award-winning violinist Patrick Rafter joins forces with highly acclaimed pianist and former NCH Rising Star Fiachra Garvey for a stunning programme of music from 16th June. This dynamic duo will perform César Franck’s romantic Sonata in A major, Eugène Ysaÿe’s intimate Poème élégiaque and Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful Après un Rêve. Viewers will also have the opportunity to see the premiere performance of To turn in Circles, a new Music Network commission by acclaimed composer Emma O’Halloran.

As part of the classical tours, audiences can also enjoy interviews with the musicians, hosted by Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston, and composers Conor Linehan and Emma O’Halloran will introduce their new works with short Composer Insight Sessions.

Music Network presents: Cello Quartet with William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh
12th – 21th May 2021


An exciting new Music Network collaboration featuring four masterful cellists who have crafted an inspirational and varied programme to celebrate the beauty of their instrument.

Wed 12 May 7.30pm Music Network | onjam.tv | Tickets €10
Thu 13 May 7.30pm Waterford Music | theatreroyal.ie | Tickets €10
Fri 14 May 8.30pm The Courthouse Arts Centre | courthousearts.ie | Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Sun 16 May 8pm Riverbank Arts Centre | riverbank.ie| Tickets €10 per device, €20 household ticket (+ bkg fee)
Wed 19 May 8pm St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre | stjohnstheatre.ie | Tickets €10
Thu 20 May 7pm Linenhall Arts Centre | thelinenhall.ticketsolve.com | Tickets €10
Fri 21 May 8pm glór | glor.ie | Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)


Music Network presents 10 String Symphony

26th May – 11th June 2021


Described as “The newest and most promising voices in Americana” by NPR, 10 String Symphony is a collaboration between Grammy-nominated fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer and acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman.

Wed 26 May 7.30pm Music Network | onjam.tv| Tickets €10
Thu 27 May 8pm The Dock | thedock.ie | Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Fri 28 May 8.30pm The Courthouse Arts Centre | courthoursearts.ie| Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Sat 29 May 8pm Siamsa Tíre | siasatire.com | Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Wed 2 Jun 8pm Belltable | limetreetheatre.ie | Tickets €10
Fri 4 Jun 8pm Garter Lane Theatre | garterlane.ie | Tickets €10
Sat 5 Jun 8pm glór | glor.ie | Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Wed 9 Jun 7pm National Opera House | nationaloperhouse.ie| Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Thu 10 Jun 8pm Riverbank Arts Centre | riverbank.ie | Tickets €10 per device, €20 household ticket (+ bkg fee)
Fri 11 Jun 8pm Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne | WEBLINK | Tickets €10


Music Network presents Patrick Rafter and Fiachra Garvey

16th June – 1st July 2021


Violinist Patrick Rafter and pianist Fiachra Garvey join forces to present a stunning programme of music by Franck, Fauré, Ysaÿe and Emma O’Halloran.

Wed 16 Jun 7.30pm Music Network | onjam.tv | Tickets €10
Thu 17 Jun 7.30pm Waterford Music | theatreroyal.ie | Tickets €10
Fri 18 Jun 8pm Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne | ionadculturtha.ie | Tickets €10
Sun 20 Jun 8pm Riverbank Arts Centre | riverbank.ie | Tickets €10 per device, €20 household ticket (+ bkg fee)
Wed 23 Jun 7pm National Opera House | nationaloperahouse.ie | Tickets €10 (+ bkg fee)
Sun 27 Jun 4pm Music in Kilkenny| musicinkilkenny.org | Tickets €10
Wed 30 Jun 7pm Linenhall Arts Centre | thelinenhall.ticketsolve.com | Tickets €10
Thu 1 Jul 8pm Siamsa Tíre | siamsatire.com | Tickets €10