Date: Saturday 9 December Time: 8:30pm Admission: €18/€16 includes a glass of mulled wine.
Sonamus means ‘We play’
Sonamus are a Wicklow-based group which combine the talents of four highly-respected Irish musicians from the Traditional, Classical and Early music worlds dedicated to exploring Irish music in its various forms and across historical period. The group has a unique blend of instruments allowing for the innovative interpretation of Irish music from across the centuries.
Susato Whistles – Cormac Breatnach. Cello – Annette Cleary. Harpsichord – Rachel Factor. Guitars (Baroque & Modern) – Eamon Sweeney
For this special concert they will be joined by Wicklow-based soprano and tenor Toni Walsh and Anthony Norton. Both singers are widely experienced having sung with the National Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Ireland and have recorded and performed for RTE television and radio, Wexford Opera House and many more.
Expect an evening of Traditional music, Baroque Irish music, Seasonal songs, Lute song and a few surprises.
Music Network presents Anna Tsybuleva, piano (Russia)
Date: Saturday 3 March Time: 8:30pm Admission: €16/€14
“Superb pianism and intelligent musicianship” – Gramophone
“Absorbing” – The Times
“A born performer” – International Piano Magazine
Winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015, Anna Tsybuleva has astounded audiences and critics alike with her daring and bravura-filled interpretations of classic works. Her muscular, rhythmic playing and overtly nuanced attack give every accent a meaning, infusing the most well-worn pieces with modernity and breathing new life into neglected works.
A born performer, Tsybuleva clearly relishes every second at the keyboard while captivating the audience with her expressive playing and wonderfully enigmatic sense of humour. Since her success in Leeds, Tsybuleva has performed a string of engagements as a soloist with many of Europe’s leading ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
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Music Network Presents Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, John McCusker and Paul Meehan (Ireland/Scotland/Northern Ireland)
Date: Friday 11 May Time: 8:30pm Admission: €16/€14
“Simply vocal heaven” – The Sunday Times [on Talbot]
“Ó Beaglaoich’s voice shimmers” – The Irish Times
“One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians” – The Guardian [on McCusker]
“outstanding’’ – Folk World [on Meehan]
Heidi Talbot, voice/ukulele
Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, voice/accordion
John McCusker, violin/whistles
Paul Meehan, guitar
Rejoice in the energetic polkas and slides of West Kerry and waltzes, marches and reels from Scotland, as four folk musicians at the top of their game come together for the very first time. Chanteuse Heidi Talbot has garnered rave reviews for her live performances, both with Cherish the Ladies and as featured soloist with Idlewild, King Creosote and Eddi Reader among others, and the pairing of her expressive vocals with the extraordinary voice of trad maestro Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich is a match made in heaven.
Winner of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, John McCusker goes where other trad musicians fear to tread, sharing a stage with the likes of Paul Weller, Roseanne Cash, Paolo Nutini, Teenage Fanclub and Eddi Reader in addition to being a member of Mark Knopfler’s band since 2008. Completing this stellar line-up is Manchester-born guitarist Paul Meehan, who has toured with such high profile bands as Lúnasa, Na Dorsa, North Cregg and Buille.