Thursday, 8 May 2014

Music Network Presents The Iona Connection

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Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas & Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Sunday, May 18th, 8pm

“The musical chemistry between Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser
and young cello ace Natalie Haas is a rare, felicitous thing.” - Boston

“Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s beautiful airs had us begging for more. Every
corner seemed to echo with her voice long after the music had stopped.”
- Dublin Evening Press

Music Network Presents The Iona Connection: Nasc Oileán Í, Featuring
Alasdair Fraser (fiddle), Natalie Haas (cello) and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
(fiddle/voice) on Sunday 18 May 2014 at Riverbank Arts Centre, Main
Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Music Network is delighted to present Scotland’s Alasdair Fraser on
fiddle, Californian cellist Natalie Haas and Donegal singer and fiddler
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh in an exploration of connections between
traditional Scots, Irish and American Old Time music. Join them on
Sunday 18 May at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare as they
follow in the musical footsteps of tunes that have emigrated and found
their way home once more.

The remote Hebridean isle of Iona is a unique place, sitting at the
crossroads of Irish and Scottish culture and at the same time a sending
place for monks and travellers sailing west to the New World. It’s the
inspiration for Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Californian cellist
Natalie Haas and Donegal native Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh as they explore the
connections between traditional Irish, Scottish and Old Time American
music, following in the musical footsteps of tunes that have emigrated
and found their way home once more.

The result: all the raw beauty and energy you’d expect from a
community on the edge of the known world, as Haas returns the cello to
its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. It’s a
dream collaboration for Fraser, long regarded as one of Scotland’s
premier fiddlers and a proud ambassador for Gaelic culture and
traditions. He and Haas have been creating a buzz at festivals and
concert halls across Europe and America, and for this tour they are
performing for the first time with the inestimable Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.
One of the foremost singers in the Irish language and co-founder of
trad legends Altan, Mairéad will revisit the themes of ‘Edge’ and
‘Threshold’ explored on her first solo album  ‘Imeall’, together with
Haas and Fraser.

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.

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To book tickets, visit box office or call 045 448327.

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