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Music Network presents Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power

Performing ‘Edges of Light’, a new Music Network commission

On tour 13 – 24 September
“a fantastically articulate mover… you can’t take your eyes off him.” The Daily Telegraph on Colin Dunne

“A languid, loose-limbed creature that creates the finest of shapes around his chosen tunes.” The Irish Times on Tola Custy

“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.” Dirty Linen on Maeve Gilchrist

“The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks.” The Irish Times

Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power on tour from 13 – 24 September. Performing ‘Edges of Light’, a new Music Network commission, a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. Tour details at

‘Edges of Light’ draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25 pm GMT! Step in time anyone? According to Deirdre Moynihan, Programmes Manager at Music Network, “This new work is a complete piece, running for about 75 minutes. Some of the tunes selected are quite old and are woven around new compositions, so it’s a mix of contemporary and traditional music with dance not only as a visual element but part of the sound-scape of the whole piece”.

Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition Project.

Music Network works with a range of partners in providing Learning and Participation programmes to music students. As part of their tour, the musicians will host workshops and demonstrations, both individually and as a group, with traditional music students in Dublin, Ennis, Castlebar, Portlaoise and Cork. Those interested in learning more can contact Sarah Cunningham, Programmes Administrator at

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible and the Autumn 2016 season provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians throughout the country at affordable prices. The season also features the impassioned tones and sparkling fingerwork of delightful French pianist Nathalia Milstein, the first ever female winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition in 2015; Jools Holland faves Hot Club of Cowtown; the exquisite pairing of Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts and Greek clarinettist Dionysis Grammenos; and two very special concerts showcasing the otherworldly sounds of vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval and trumpeter Arve Henriksen as well as a specially-commissioned work for large-scale harp ensemble by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin. Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin are available from €15 and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at


Colin Dunne, dance
Tola Custy, fiddle
Maeve Gilchrist, harp
David Power, uilleann pipes, whistles

Performing ‘Edges of Light’, a new Music Network commission

On tour 13 – 24 September:

Tues 13 Sept: The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 (8.25pm, €20 / €15, 01 6787188, Promoted by Music Network
Wed 14 Sept: Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon (8.25pm, €17 / €15 / €10 (Go See), 090 6625824,
Thurs 15 Sept: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (8.25pm, €18 / €16, 01 2724030,
Fri 16 Sept: glór, Ennis (8.25pm, €10 / €30 family ticket (four people), 065 6843103,
Sat 17 Sept: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire (8.25pm, €18 / €16, 01 2312929,
Sun 18 Sept: Station House Theatre, Clifden (10.00pm, €15 / €12 (on the door), 095 21699 (info only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Festival
Tues 20 Sept: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar (8.25pm €16 / €14, 094 9023733,
Wed 21 Sept: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (8.25pm, €12 / €10, 074 9120777 (An Grianán),
Thurs 22 Sept: Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr (8.25pm, €17 / €15, 057 9122911,
Fri 23 Sept: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise (8.25pm, €18 / €16, 057 8663355,
Sat 24 Sept: Triskel Christchurch, Cork (8.25pm, €18 / €16, 021 4272022,

Full touring information at

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