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Music Network presents Chris Stout, Catriona McKay and Séamus Begley

This concert is organised In association with The Arts Office, Laois County Council and Music Generation Laois.

LAOIS Methodist Church, Railway Street, Portlaoise

16th September 2014 at 8:00 pm

Join three traditional musicians at the top of their game as Music Network brings together Irish squeeze box maestro and raconteur Séamus Begley with the “sonically exquisite” (The Guardian) Scottish duo Catriona McKay and Chris Stout in a celebration of the music of the Northern Isles at Methodist Church, Portlaoise.

Expect sparks to fly one minute, and to have your heartstrings tugged the next! Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s most foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council.

For the past 20 years, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout have captivated audiences with their exhilarating and virtuosic live performances: the cascading rhythms of McKay’s harp dovetailing perfectly with Stout’s swooping, soulful violin. Their unique sound, a celebration of music from the Northern Isles, imbues everything from Shetland reels to Swedish waltzes with a wonderfully atmospheric, almost cinematic quality.

Regular visitors to Dingle over the years, the pair are long-standing admirers of Kerry legend Séamus Begley, who joins them for this tour. Winner of the TG4 Singer of the Year Award in 2013 – and a fine storyteller to boot – Begley is also renowned for his distinctive playing style, which remains firmly rooted in tradition while sharing the Scottish duo’s sense of adventure and spontaneity.

This tour follows a series of successful masterclasses hosted by Catriona McKay and Chris Stout for young musicians in July 2014. Visiting Music Generation summer camps in Louth, Laois and Wicklow, the Scottish duo taught traditional Irish music students new music as well as performing with them. Music Network is committed to connecting tours to music education programmes with the aim of giving children and young people rich, holistic musical experiences.

In July of this year young musicians attending the inaugural Music Generation Laois Traditional Music Summer School were thrilled to receive a masterclass with Chris Stout and Catriona McKay. There was a wonderful response to impromptu performances by the duo on stage at the conclusion of the summer school. Seating for this concert is limited so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.

Tickets: €12/€10 Bookings: 057 8663355 / www.dunamaise.ie Promoted by Laois County Council Arts Office

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