NI Music Touring Programme

Moving On Music, Walled City Music and Quercus Ensemble stage series of concerts as part of Arts Council initiative

Fans of contemporary traditional Irish music, jazz and classical are in for a treat this autumn when music promoters Walled City Music, Moving On Music, and musical collective, Quercus Ensemble, present a series of concerts across Northern Ireland as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s NI Music Touring Programme.

The three-year programme, worth £150,000, aims to help artists and producers work more closely with promoters and venues to develop new audiences for year-round, high-quality music on tour.

The programme was developed in response to the ACNI’s new five-year Strategy for Music, which aims to support a more ambitious, dynamic and cohesive approach to jazz, world and chamber music.

Ciaran Scullion, ACNI head of music, said: 'The Arts Council’s new five-year Strategy for Music shows a firm commitment to helping people in Northern Ireland access the best music, in any genre. We firmly believe the new NI Music Touring programme will help us achieve that and I would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy these outstanding musicians this autumn.'

Tours in 2014 include ‘Songs, Games and Dances at the Café de Paris’, six evenings of classical cabaret inspired by the world's most romantic city, presented by Quercus Ensemble.

Audiences can sample a selection of French cheeses and hear the magical sound worlds of Debussy and Ravel brought to life on the flute and harp. Performances will tour Strabane, Belfast, Newtownabbey, Omagh, Armagh and Derry.

Moving On Music will present two tours this autumn under the NI Music Touring Programme including traditional Irish music group Beoga in Ballymoney, Armagh, Belfast and Downpatrick and old-time American roots music group, Furnace Mountain, in Ballymoney, Bangor, Downpatrick, Armagh and Belfast.

Finally, Walled City Music will present a seven-date tour of Northern Ireland by dynamic UK based jazz ensemble, Neil Cowley Trio, in Derry, Belfast, Downpatrick, Omagh and Portadown.

In addition, the NI Music Touring Programme will facilitate partnerships and collaborations among organisations within the music sector. By offering opportunities to work more closely with promoters and venues, it is hoped that together they will form a better understanding of music audiences and how to grow them.

View the ACNI Music Strategy document, and visit the Moving On Music and Quercus Ensemble websites for more information.