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Music Network announced an impressive line-up of musicians drawing on musical traditions from the Baltic and the Balkans to Brittany and beyond for its 2007 Autumn Season. The latest season provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost traditional music ensembles at affordable prices in venues around Ireland. Music Network is revenue funded by the Arts Council and the tours are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.

“The season kicks off with a rather special tour, To Brittany and Beyond
with virtuosi multi-instrumentalists Emer Mayock and Donal Siggins and
Breton flautist Jean-Michel Veillon as they blend traditional Breton and
Irish tunes with influences from Eastern Europe and North India,” explains
Music Network CEO Deirdre McCrea.

Music Network Presents To Brittany and Beyond
September 12 - 21, 2007
Emer Mayock, flute, whistles, uilleann pipes and fiddle
Jean-Michel Veillon, flute
Donal Siggins, guitar, bouzouki and mandolin

Among the most exciting sounds in music are new influences appearing
seamlessly in traditional compositions, as if they had meant to be there
all along. On this tour, you can expect the unexpected as this stellar trio
comprising Emer Mayock, Jean-Michel Veillon and Donal Siggins explore the music of Brittany and Ireland with more than an occasional nod to Eastern Europe and India. Combining their rich musical repertoires, the ensemble can be heard on a Music Network tour of Ireland from 12 - 21 September.

Renowned for her effortless mastery of a clutch of instruments, Emer Mayock (flute, whistles, uilleann pipes and fiddle) has never been one to let the grass grow under her feet. She has worked with some of Ireland’s most
renowned traditional musicians while pursuing innovative musical
collaborations outside Ireland with amongst others Chinese composer Jia
Daqun, London based musician Nitin Sawhney, Italian baroque ensemble il
Giardino Armonico and Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki.

Jean-Michel Veillon (flute) is regarded as one of the world’s leading
exponents and innovators of the wooden flute. He is largely responsible for
pioneering its use in Breton music by initially developing techniques found
in Irish flute playing and since then has absorbed Indian, Balkan and even
Native American influences. His playing, characterised by its energy, depth
of expression and technical virtuosity continues to exert a huge influence
on an entire generation of musicians.

The musical net is spread even further by Donal Siggins (guitar, bouzouki
and mandolin), a long-term collaborator of Emer’s. As well as recording and performing with numerous traditional musicians, Donal’s involvement in music has extended to other genres resulting in commissions from the
Contemporary Music Centre Dublin, the writing of string arrangements and
invitations to include work for the Rencontres Internationales
Paris/Berlin. Now that is some mix!

Tour Dates
Listowel St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre
13 Ennis Glór Irish Music Centre
14 Baile Mhúirne Ionad Cultúrtha
15 Waterford Christ Church Cathedral
Portlaoise Dunamaise Arts Centre
18 Dublin Coach House, Dublin Castle
19 Bray Mermaid Arts Centre
20 Castlebar Linenhall Arts Centre
21 Clifden Church of Ireland

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