Actor Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter) to tour with McGoldrick

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Actor Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, Braveheart, Gangs of New York) will take up his fiddle for a 10-date tour of Ireland in January, with flute and uilleann pipe player Michael McGoldrick, Dirk Powell on banjo and fiddle, and Francis Gaffney on guitar. The programme will mix Irish traditional music with Cajun, Appalacian and American Old-Time.

From Music Network:

Every once in a while providence throws us into the path of someone who has a gift to bestow. The serendipitous meeting of Dirk Powell and Brendan Gleeson on the set of the Oscar-winning movie Cold Mountain was one of these occasions, and what began as a shared experience of having music passed down from their grandfathers has grown into an exploration of American Old Time, Cajun and Irish traditional music.

While Dirk Powell’s playing is deeply rooted in his Appalachian heritage, he’s played alongside artists as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Jack White, Joan Baez and Steve Earle in  addition to working on soundtracks with many of today’s greatest film directors. Brendan Gleeson needs no introduction to Irish audiences, although it’s less well known that he’s a highly-accomplished fiddle player.

Powell’s genius for blending old and new is well matched by the innovative flautist and piper Mike McGoldrick, co-founder of Lúnasa and Flook, who has performed with everyone from Sharon Shannon and the Afro-Celt Sound System to Youssou N’Dour and Mark Knopfler. Neither are strangers to cross cultural collaborations, having regularly participated in the legendary BBC Transatlantic Sessions. Completing the quartet is Francis Gaffney, a renowned guitarist from Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who has regularly toured and recorded with artists such as John Carty, Alec Finn, Joe Kennedy and Arty McGlynn.

Tour Dates
Tuesday 7 Jan, DUBLIN
The Sugar Club
8:00 pm, €18 / €13
01 4750224 or www.musicnetwork.ie
Promoted by Music Network

Wednesday 8 Jan, Bray
Mermaid Arts Centre
8:00 pm, €18 / €16
01 2724030 or www.mermaidartscentre.ie
Promoted by Mermaid – County Wicklow Arts Centre
www.mermaidartscentre.ie

Thursday 9 Jan, Ennis
Glór
8:00 pm, €16 / €14
065 6843103 or www.glor.ie
Promoted by glór
www.glor.ie

Friday 10 Jan, Sligo
Hawk’s Well Theatre
8:00 pm, €18 / €15
071 9161518 or www.hawkswell.com
Promoted by Hawkswell Theatre
www.hawkswell.com

Saturday 11 Jan, Carrick-On-Shannon
The Dock, St. George’s Terrace
8:30 pm, €18 / €15
071 9650828 or www.thedock.ie
Promoted by The Dock
www.thedock.ie

Sunday 12 Jan, Dun Laoghaire
Pavilion Theatre
8:00 pm, €18 / 16
01 2312929 or www.paviliontheatre.ie
Promoted by Pavilion Theatre
www.paviliontheatre.ie

Tuesday 14 Jan, Clifden
Station House Theatre
8:00 pm, €12 / €10
095 21699 (information only)
Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

Wednesday 15 Jan, Birr
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
8:00 pm, €18 / 16
057 9122911 or www.birrtheatre.com
Promoted by Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
www.birrtheatre.com

Thursday 16 Jan, Cork
Triskel Christchurch
8:00 pm, €15 (full) & €13 (early bird)
021 4272022 or www.triskelartscentre.ie
Promoted by Triskel Arts Centre
triskelartscentre.ie

Friday 17 Jan, Newbridge
Riverbank Arts Centre
8:00 pm, €15 / €12
045 448327 or www.riverbank.ie
Promoted by Riverbank Arts Centre
www.riverbank.ie

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