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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

St Patrick's Day Celebration

Sunday 17th March 2019

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The Irish Times


RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
David Brophy conductor

with Moxie and Niall Vallely concertina

Seán Ó Riada Mise Éire Suite
Moxie Moxie tunes
Niall Vallely Concerto for Concertina and Orchestra (WORLD PREMIERE)

On Sunday 17 March, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra presents a St Patrick’s Day Celebration with a difference, performing, for the first time with Moxie — hailed by The Irish Times as a ‘high octane band’ — and with virtuoso concertina player Niall Vallely in the world premiere of his Concerto for Concertina and Orchestra. Also on the programme, Seán Ó Riada’s much-loved Mise Éire, with its dramatic and imaginative combination of original music with traditional airs and marches. David Brophy conducts.

Moxie, who describe themselves as ‘5 young lads with folk and traditional backbones’, are a the forefront of new music from Ireland, breaking new ground with their distinct brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Electro, Jazz, House, Rock and World music. 

"MOXIE is the music of a new era, where fluidity, cross-pollination, and innovation are the future and salvation of Irish music." -The Irish Examiner  ★★★★

After what they call ‘a year of hibernation below surface in Dublin’, Moxie have crafted their intricate acoustic Irish music into a fresh Urban Style. Now they are ready to present what they call their ‘boundary busting Neo-Irish Music’ to the world and have chosen to do so in Ireland in their first ever concert with full orchestra and in collaboration with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Brophy. 

The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums).

They promise an ‘electrifying gig’ featuring ‘music that mirrors Irish society today, music that is reflection of multicultural Ireland, music that brings the listener to all corners of Ireland and beyond!’

Niall Vallely needs no introduction as a concertina player. “Niall Vallely’s technical mastery and genius for improvisation are matched by apparently inexhaustible creative reserves.” says the Irish Times. He’s not stranger to composition either. It has been a focus for him over the past 10 years. This new concerto is, as far as he is aware, ‘the first piece of its kind composed for the type of concertina we play in Ireland, the Anglo-German or Anglo-chromatic system concertina.’ and ‘reflects a desire to create music that reaches beyond the boundaries of traditional dance music.’ and which allows him to look ‘at other sorts of music from a traditional music perspective.’

Presented by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra