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Music Network brings together Ireland’s brightest traditional and folk musicians
Thursday 28th September
Music Network Concert featuring:
Oisín MacDiarmada, Mirella Murray, Noriana Kennedy, Donogh Hennessy
7.30pm Doors open
Tickets: £15/ £6 U18s

Noriana Kennedy            vocals / banjo
Oisín Mac Diarmada       fiddle
Mirella Murray                 accordion
Donogh Hennessy           guitar
We look forward to welcoming this wonderful quartet in concert this Thursday (don’t forget – Thursday is the new Friday!) 28th September at
the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith.
Tickets still available here:
“Among the finest singers in the country” – Hot Press [on Kennedy’s The Whileaways]

“Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, a driving force of Téada, has long had a reputation for
balancing the intricacies of a tune with a deeply expressive style” – The Irish Times

”[An] astonishing array of virtuosity” – The Washington Post [on Murray’s  Cherish the Ladies]

“His guitar playing is tremendous” – Folkworld [on Hennessy]

Music Network’s Spring 2023 Season began in February with a newly curated line-up featuring 4 musicians who have been integral to the
success of many leading Irish traditional and folk groups. The Whileaways’ Noriana Kennedy is joined by Téada’s Oisín Mac Diarmada on
fiddle and Mirella Murray, accordionist with Cherish the Ladies. Donogh Hennessy, a founding member of Lúnasa, brings his trademark
rhythmic drive to complement the harmonic textures and melodic explorations of this vibrant trio and complete the line up. With sublime songs,
energetic tunes and captivating arrangements, this will be a musical cocktail to savour. 
RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards multi-nominee Noriana Kennedy is a founding member of critically acclaimed trio The Whileaways. She has
recorded four albums with the group whose engaging lyrics and melodies have seen them garner legions of fans both in Ireland and abroad. 
Alongside revered Galway singers Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce, Noriana’s trio is known for its beguiling tapestry of harmonies and
beautifully crafted original songs.

Former lead singer with phenomenal Irish traditional band Solas, Noriana possesses an engaging and unique songbook that crosses oceans from
Waterford to America, Scotland and a thousand heart-worn places in between. With a voice that The Irish Times described as "a knockout:
translucent and tenacious in equal measure", she has earned a prominent place in Ireland's rich roots and folk music scene.

Noriana performs compelling and stunning versions of old-time songs, folk ballads and original compositions, creating a sound that is truly her
own. Her debut album Ebb n Flow was noted for its “exquisite phrasing” (The Irish Times) and since then she has honed her considerable
artistic skills with The Whileaways, prompting Irish Music Magazine to describe their music as “profound and insightful, tightly woven,
experimental, fresh and energetic”.
Oisin Mac Diarmada is an All-Ireland winning fiddle player, and founder of the internationally renowned group Téada. He has been described
by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today".
A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin and Royal Irish Academy of Music, Oisín began playing fiddle in Clare at a young
age, over time developing a deep interest in the playing style of the Sligo region having moved there at the age of 11. He formed Téada in 2001,
with whom he has recorded a number of successful albums on the Gael Linn & Green Linnet labels. Highlights on the concert stage have
included appearing at specialist music festivals such as Masters of Tradition in West Cork, accompanying Irish President Mary McAleese on a
State visit to Romania and a guest solo appearance with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the USA. 
Oisín has toured frequently in recent years with noted singer & accordion-player Séamus Begley and also with his wife Samantha Harvey
(piano & dance). He was appointed Director of SCT (Scrúdu Ceol Tíre), the Traditional Irish Music Examination System administered by
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, in 2012 and recently co-authored Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook along with fellow-Sligo musician Daithí Gormley.

Long-standing member of Grammy-nominated and Emmy award-winning band Cherish the Ladies, Mirella Murray is an All-Ireland winning
accordion player and has long been recognised as one of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians.Mirella grew up in Claddaghduff on the north
west coast of Connemara, and music was a fundamental part of her upbringing. Encouraged by her father John Joe, a notable sean nós dancer,
and accordion teacher Mary Finn, she blossomed with enormous support from champion of the arts and long-time director of Clifden Arts
Festival, Brendan Flynn. Collaborations with superb musicians such as fiddlers Liz Kane and Tola Custy saw her tour throughout Ireland,
Europe and the USA. Her album Three Sunsets with Tola Custy received rave reviews and was voted in the top five albums of 2002 by The
Irish Times. The duo was nominated for Best Newcomers by Irish Music Magazine in 2003.

As well as being a member of Cherish the Ladies for nineteen years, Mirella has toured the world with an array of wonderful musicians
including Laoise Kelly, Mary Shannon, Collette O’Leary, Michelle O’Brien, Carl Hession & Rhythm of the Dance, John Joe Kelly and Jarlath
Founding member of Irish super-group Lúnasa, Donogh Hennessy is an award- winning guitarist and composer. He was born in Dublin and is
now based in Dingle in West Kerry. As a member of Lúnasa, described by the Irish Voice as “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”,
Donogh played a key role in crafting the band’s complex arrangements and shaping their unique sound which pushed the boundaries of
traditional music and energised audiences the world over.
Donogh has also performed and recorded with many other eminent Irish artists over the years such as Lumiere, Sharon Shannon, Seamus
Begley, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane, Damien Mullane and The Sibín Orchestra. In addition to performing live and touring, Donogh is a full-
time recording engineer in his own recording studio in Dingle where he produces, records and performs with a constant array of outstanding
musicians. He has recorded music for film and theatre and has written two music books including Lúnasa The Music (1996 – 2001).
This concert is presented collaboratively by Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL), the Irish Cultural Centre and Music Network Ireland
Huge thanks to Culture Ireland for their support in making this event happen.


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