Crossing the Shannon – January 2011
Music Network Traditional Irish Music Tour  
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, voice, flute
John Wynne, flute
John McEvoy, fiddle
John Blake, guitar, flute, bouzouki
Music Network presents acclaimed vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the three Johns – Wynne (flute), McEvoy (fiddle) and Blake (guitar, flute, bouzouki). History, geography and music intermingle as they celebrate the rich heritage of the West of Ireland. In times past, many fine musicians crossed the Shannon to board the emigrant boat, fuelling the vibrant Irish music scenes in London and Birmingham where John Blake and John McEvoy learned their craft. This tour is a musical homecoming, re-crossing the Shannon to explore the wild dance music, slow airs and haunting songs of the West that likewise inspired Muireann Nic Amhlaoidh and John Wynne, as they grew up in their respective home counties of Kerry and Roscommon.
Though Muireann is best known for her work with Danú, winning the BBC 2 Folk Award for "Best Group" in 2004, she has also performed with the likes of Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Darrell Scott, Liam Clancy and The Bulgarian Women’s Choir. Regarded as one of the best traditional Irish flute players of his generation, John Wynne is a regular collaborator with fiddler John McEvoy and both players are proud ambassadors for the music of North Connaught, while multi-instrumentalist John Blake is a highly sought after musician who has featured on albums by Lamond Gillespie, Mick Leahy, Colm Gannon and Sean Potts.
Tour Dates:
Wednesday 12th January DUBLIN
The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm
Tickets: €15 / €10 (conc.) / €40 (family)
Booking: (01) 6719429 or
Promoted by Music Network
Friday 14th January BRAY,
Mermaid Arts Centre, 8pm
Tickets: €16 / €14
Booking: (01) 2724030
Promoted by Mermaid Arts Centre
Saturday 15th January AN DAINGEAN
An Lab, Sráid Eoin, 8pm
Tickets: €14 / €12
Booking: 087 8546572 or ten.mocrie@yomenia
Promoted by AnnÓg
Sunday 16th January WATERVILLE
Tech Amergin, 8pm
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking: (066) 9478956
Promoted by Tech Amergin
Tuesday 18th January CLIFDEN
Station House Theatre, 8pm
Tickets: €12 / €10
Booking: (095) 21699
Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Wednesday 19th January CASTLEBAR
Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm
Tickets:  €15 / €12
Booking: 094 9023733
Promoted by Linenhall Arts Centre
Thursday 20th January LIMERICK
Belltable Arts Centre, 8pm
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking: (061) 319866
Promoted by Belltable Arts Centre
Friday 21st January DUN LAOGHAIRE
Pavilion Theatre, 8pm
Tickets: €17 / €15
Booking: 01 2312929 or
Promoted by Pavilion Theatre
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