Music Network presents “From Polka to Polska”

Music Network presents Olov Johansson, Gerry O’Beirne, Tom Morrow and (the evidently indefatigable) Conor Byrne in a tour of the country in May this year, “shining the spotlight on a number of lesser known but glorious traditional instruments”, in this case the former’s traditional Swedish nyckelharpa or “key harp”.

Olov Johansson (last seen by me celebrating Dervish at the NCH>>) is the first world champion of the traditional Swedish nyckelharpa or “key harp” and a founder member of Grammy award-winning Swedish group Väsen; and he joined by “some of the finest musicians on this country’s contemporary trad scene explorating old and new music from Ireland and Sweden”.

“Multi-instrumentalist Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer and songwriter who has toured the globe with such luminaries as Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine, Patrick Street, the Waterboys and Marianne Faithful, while former All-Ireland champion fiddler Tom Morrow is a member of supergroup Dervish. Much lauded for his performances with fiddlers Máire Breathnach and Méabh O’Hare, flute player (and County Sessions organiser) Conor Byrne has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Christy Moore, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Paul Brady, Luka Bloom and Ronnie Drew.”

THURSDAY 12 MAY, FOTA ISLAND, CARRIGTWOHILL, CO. CORK

  • Fota House
  • 8pm, €20 / €15
  • 021 4815543
  • Promoted by Fota House

FRIDAY 13 MAY, BAILE MHÚIRNE, CO CHORCAÍ

  • Ionad Cultúrtha
  • 8:30pm, €18 / €12
  • 026 45733
  • Promoted by Ionad Cultúrtha

SATURDAY 14 MAY, WATERVILLE, CO. KERRY

  • Tech Amergin
  • 8:30pm, €15 / €12
  • 066 9478956
  • Promoted by Tech Amergin

SUNDAY 15 MAY, 69 O’CONNELL STREET, LIMERICK

  • Belltable Arts Centre
  • 8pm, €15 / €12
  • 061 319866
  • Promoted by Belltable Arts Centre

TUESDAY 17 MAY, DUBLIN 8

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY, CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY

  • Station House Theatre
  • 8pm, €12 / €10
  • 095 21699
  • Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

THURSDAY 19 MAY, MANORHAMILTON

  • The Glens Centre
  • 8.30pm, €15 / €12
  • 071 9855833
  • Promoted by The Glens Centre in conjunction with Itchy Feet Promotions
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