Music Network Presents “Edges Of Light” at Birr Theatre And Arts Centre

Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Thursday 22 September at 8.25pm. Performing ‘Edges of Light’, a new Music Network commission, a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. Details at

Music Network Presents "Edges Of Light" at Birr Theatre And Arts Centre

Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power at Birr Theatre

‘Edges of Light’ draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25 pm GMT! Step in time anyone? According to Deirdre Moynihan, Programmes Manager at Music Network, “This new work is a complete piece, running for about 75 minutes. Some of the tunes selected are quite old and are woven around new compositions, so it’s a mix of contemporary and traditional music with dance not only as a visual element but part of the sound-scape of the whole piece”.

Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition Project.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible and the Autumn 2016 season provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians throughout the country at affordable prices. Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for this concert are available from €15 and can be purchased by calling 057 9122911 or at

“a fantastically articulate mover… you can’t take your eyes off him.” The Daily Telegraph on Colin Dunne


“A languid, loose-limbed creature that creates the finest of shapes around his chosen tunes.” The Irish Times on Tola Custy

“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.” Dirty Linen on Maeve Gilchrist

“The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks.” The Irish Times

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