Thursday, 7 December 2017
Music Network presents Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly and John Doyle (Ireland)

Music Network presents Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly and John Doyle (Ireland)

“Exquisite singing” – The Guardian [on Parsons]
“A tremendous musician” – Hot Press [on Tourish]
“Sligo has a reputation for its richly rhythmic flute style, and Dervish’s Liam Kelly is one of its finest exponents” – The Irish times
“No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now” – The Wall Street Journal [on Doyle]

Music Network’s Spring 2017 season begins in epic form with a gathering of titans from trad super-groups Arcady, Altan, Dervish and Solas – vocalist Niamh Parsons, fiddler Ciarán Tourish, flautist Liam Kelly and guitar virtuoso John Doyle will perform at the National Opera House in Wexford on Sunday 14th January at 8pm.

Time to come in from the cold and gather round as four leading lights of Irish trad join forces in what promises to be an unforgettable tour. At the forefront of the Irish music scene for over 25 years, they’ve performed in every corner of the globe. Leading the charge is Arcady’s Niamh Parsons, a peerless balladeer with one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music.

Donegal fiddle maestro and long-time member of Altan, Ciarán Tourish is fêted for his incendiary improvisation and cascading arpeggios, providing the perfect foil for the invention and rhythmic drive of flautist Liam Kelly. A founder member of Dervish, Kelly is equally at home trading riffs with James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club or Sting. Add to the mix John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, heard on recordings by Solas, Joan Baez, Usher’s Island, Linda Thompson and Tim O’Brien among others, and you’ll find no finer musical company to carry you through January with a light heart and a skip in your step.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for this concert cost from €14 and are available from the National Opera House by calling 053-9122144 or online at

Music Network presents Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly and John Doyle (Ireland)
Niamh Parsons, voice
Ciarán Tourish, fiddle/whistle
Liam Kelly, flute/whistle
John Doyle, guitar/voice

Sunday 14th January
National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford
8:00 p.m. 

Tickets €16 / €14
053-9122144 /

For further information/images, please contact:
Tracy Ryan, Marketing Manager, National Opera House: (053) 9144380 or
Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 475 0224 or