Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Brendan Gleeson and Francis Gaffney - Live 7th-17th January

Music Network's spring  season "gets off to a flying start as multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, piper Michael McGoldrick and guitarist Francis Gaffney are joined by actor Brendan Gleeson on fiddle in a musical road trip from Kentucky to Ireland via the Louisiana bayous. Join them on tour from 7 – 17 January in what is sure to be one of the musical highlights of 2014. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 475 0224 or www.musicnetwork.ie.

Every once in a while providence throws us into the path of someone who has a gift to bestow. The serendipitous meeting of Dirk Powell and Brendan Gleeson on the set of the Oscar-winning movie Cold Mountain was one of these occasions, and what began as a shared experience of having music passed down from their grandfathers has grown into an exploration of American Old Time, Cajun and Irish traditional music. 

While Dirk Powell’s playing is deeply rooted in his Appalachian heritage, he’s played alongside artists as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Joan Baez and Steve Earle in addition to working on soundtracks with many of today’s greatest film directors. Brendan Gleeson needs no introduction to Irish audiences, although it’s less well known that he’s a highly-accomplished fiddle player. 

Powell’s genius for blending old and new is well matched by the innovative flautist and piper Mike McGoldrick, co-founder of Lúnasa and Flook, who has performed with everyone from Sharon Shannon and the Afro-Celt Sound System to Youssou N’Dour and Mark Knopfler. Neither are strangers to cross cultural collaborations, having regularly participated in the legendary BBC Transatlantic Sessions. Completing the quartet is Francis Gaffney, a renowned guitarist from Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who has regularly toured and recorded with artists such as John Carty, Alec Finn, Joe Kennedy and Arty McGlynn. Source www.musicnetwork.ie




Tuesday 7 Jan, DUBLIN

Wednesday 8 Jan, Bray

Thursday 9 Jan, Ennis

Friday 10 Jan, Sligo

Saturday 11 Jan, Carrick-On-Shannon

Sunday 12 Jan, Dun Laoghaire

Tuesday 14 Jan, Clifden

  • Station House Theatre
  • 8:00 pm, €12 / €10 (on the door)
  • 095 21699 (information only)
  • Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

Wednesday 15 Jan, Birr

Thursday 16 Jan, Cork

Friday 17 Jan, Newbridge

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