Love:Live Music – Headline Gigs Announced

Music Network and RTÉ’s Lyric FM have come together to bring us this year’s National Music Day which will take place on April 8th. Up and down the country, free gigs will be taking place.

Mick Flannery and Camille O’Sullivan have been announced as the headline acts for gigs taking place in Dublin and Limerick.

If you’re running a gig that day yo can register to be under the love:live music banner at www.lovelivemusic.ie or call 01 6719429.

Here’s the blurb:

To celebrate the day Music Network is presenting two headline concerts. The first is at the *Belltable *in Limerick from 2.30pm. Renowned international artist *Camille O’Sullivan* will entertain us with her own unique blend of rock and theatre with a nod to German Weimar Kabaret. She will be joined by *Gato Azul* (Francesco Turrisi, accordion & percussion, Robbis Harris, bodhran, Michael Coady, double bass, Lucas Gonzales, guitar) performing a blend of jazz and world music and the talented sisters, the *Cashell Duo* (Sophie Cashell, piano and Anna Cashell, violin) performing works by Debussy, John Cage and Lili Boulanger. This concert takes place at Belltable, 69 O’Connell St., Limerick from *2.30-4.00pm* on Friday 8th April and will be broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm’s The John Kelly Ensemble.

The second headline concert is at the Sugar Club in Dublin from 8.30pm, with singer/songwriter *Mick Flannery*, “a songwriting force to be reckoned with” (The Irish Times). The unique *Dublin Guitar Quartet*, will play contemporary works by composers such as Philip Glass and exciting new group, *The Listeners,* led by multi-instrumentalist Emer Mayock, will be representing the best of the traditional music scene. Finally, award winning pianist *Michael McHale* completes the line-up in spectacular style, playing Beethoven and Rachmaninov. This concert takes place at the *Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, D.2* from *8.30pm-10.30pm *on Friday 8th April. For those that can’t make it, the concert can be heard live on RTÉ lyric fm’s The Blue of the Night.

Both concerts in Limerick and Dublin are free but ticketed. *Call 01 671

9429 or email admin@musicnetwork.ie* to book your place at either of these events.

The response to this year’s love:live music from performers across the

country has been fantastic and with over ninety live music events already lined up in villages, towns and cities across the country, more events are being registered every day. There is an electric mix of events, from *barbershop choirs* in Sligo to *rap and rock* in the youth centre in Finglas; In Cavan, the *African Caribbean Forum* are having a celebration of diverse musical cultures; there will be solo recitals from the likes of *Annette Cleary *in Greystones and *Redmond O’Toole* in Meath as well as large ensembles like the *Singing Flash Mob* in Laois; traditional music will be plentiful with performances at the *Coleman Traditional Music Centre* in Gurteen and the *Skerries Trad Music Weekend* amongst others; there’s no shortage of jazz and rock concerts in Sligo with live jazz at the *Osta Café*, guitarist and singer *Ricky McDowell *with his band, and acoustic guitar band *Tucan* with their eclectic rock influenced style; last but not least the contemporary music sector has pulled out all the stops with a performance by *CoMA Limerick* at the Hunt Museum in Limerick and several performances happening at the *Contemporary Music Centre* in Dublin.

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