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Music Network presents Irish and Scottish traditional musicians Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane and Anna Massie 16th – 26th January 2019

“One of the earthiest and most distinctive voices, not just in traditional circles, but anywhere” – The Irish Times [on Nic Amhlaoibh]

“One of the best Scottish traditional singers on the planet” - Folk Roots [on Miller]

“A subtlety of approach to his art that leaves you in awe of the simplistic beauty of it all” – Irish Music Magazine [on Mullane]

“Anna Massie’s deft banjo and guitar compelling at the heart” - MOJO

Kickstart the year with a vocal match made in heaven, featuring the ethereal voice of award-winning Scottish songstress Siobhan Miller and the honeyed tones of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on tour 16th – 26th January 2019, details at The Corca Dhuibhne singer and flautist Nic Amhlaoibh and Scots songbird Miller will be joined by accordionist extraordinaire Damien Mullane and the stylish accompaniment of Anna Massie on guitar showcasing a variety of traditional Irish and Scots songs and tunes alongside exciting contemporary material. Expect these players to strike sparks off each other!

Winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, Miller has been lauded as “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song”, while highly-acclaimed singer and flautist Nic Amhlaoibh (recent winner of RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Best Traditional Folk Track of the Year’) is best known for her performances as a solo artist and with Irish super group Danú, and her work as a TV and radio presenter.

Gifted accordionist Damien Mullane brings his unique creative talents to the collaboration. Winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon, Mullane has collaborated with stars from a wide range of genres including Ronnie Wood, James Taylor and Sting. Completing the line-up, fleet-fingered guitarist and banjo player Anna Massie is renowned for her work with Blazin’ Fiddles and such luminaries as Bella Hardy, Julie Fowlis, Kate Rusby, Capercaillie and Eddi Reader.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible, giving Irish audiences the chance to experience the very best in international chamber, jazz, roots and traditional music in venues throughout Ireland at affordable prices. All tours are co-promoted with a network of valued partner promoters across the country in order to develop local capacity to provide musical activity. In addition, Music Network connects its tours with music education programmes and groups around the country including Music Generation participants, primary, second and third level students, Music Capital Scheme awardees, and music schools and groups nationwide.

Also this Spring, Claire Duff and Benjamin Alard will remind us why Bach’s music continues to inspire and move audiences worldwide over 250 years after his death, and Grammy Award-winning singer Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi whisk you away on a globe- and genre-trotting musical tour. If you are still up for more, April brings the passionate and vibrant cello playing of Raphaela Gromes with her long-term collaborator Julian Riem, and in a rousing season finale, things step up a gear with French-Canadian folk supergroup De Temps Antan.


Permalink - Posted: November 28, 2018 at 3:03 pm

THE HENSHAW FAMILY & friends with special guest SHARON SHANNON

“The Secret Sessions”
Released on iTunes & CD December 1st 2018

Picture it, the traditional music world colliding with the rugby world…it can only be a magical thing! The Henshaw Family, who are steeped in Irish traditional music heritage, team up with queen of trad, Sharon Shannon, to record a very special album all in aid of the South Westmeath Hospice. Perhaps the most famous of The Henshaws is son Robbie, you may know him as an international rugby player and not who you’d expect to be a mighty fine trad musician! “The Secret Sessions” is an extra special session album, recorded in just one day at Dublin’s Camden Studios – recording started at 11am and everyone was in their cars driving home at 5pm. This is trad as it should be with the listener right at the centre of the musical scrum.


Permalink - Posted: November 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Bewley’s@6! Hosted by Gael Linn…

Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street, THURSDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2018

6p.m. – 8p.m. (Doors open from 5.45 p.m.).

Renowned Donegal singer, MARIA McCOOL, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, will entrance us with their beautiful songs and music, including some favourites
for the Christmas season!

ADMISSION: €15 (nibbles included!).Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee available for purchase.

Booking essential (limited space!). Tel: 087/2547574

Permalink - Posted: November 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Damien Dempsey ‘Apple Of My Eye’ with Wildwood Kin

His album ‘UNION’ will be released 30th November 2018

‘Apple of my Eye’ is the first track to be taken from Damien’s new album, UNION, which will be released on 30th November 2018.

Featuring 14 tracks, UNION is an album of collaborations showcasing new songs and re-imagined Damo classics.


Permalink - Posted: November 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Music Network announces Spring 2019 Season

World class live music featuring some of Europe’s leading classical musicians, award-winning Irish traditional musicians, a folk supergroup and a Grammy Award winner

Put a spring in your step with our 2019 Concert Series, which once again provides a unique opportunity to hear world class chamber, traditional and roots music in intimate venues across Ireland – all at a very affordable price. From January to May, 43 concerts take place in 23 venues, quality live music presented by Music Network to audiences across 16 counties. Details at


Permalink - Posted: November 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Gradam Ceoil TG4 2019

Flute Player Catherine McEvoy to be Awarded Trad Music’s highest accolade

Meath based flute player, Catherine McEvoy, is to be awarded traditional music’s highest accolade of Musician of the Year, at TG4’s Gradam Ceoil Award ceremony, to be held in Belfast next February.

The accomplished concert flute player from the Sligo-Roscommon tradition, joins a long list of traditional music greats, such as Matt Molloy, Liam O’Flynn, Máirtín O’Connor, Frankie Gavin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, who have all received Trad music’s top ‘Oscar’, in the 22 year history of the awards.

Permalink - Posted: November 8, 2018 at 10:19 am