RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s St Patrick’s Day Celebration

MOXIE, virtuoso concertina player NIALL VALLELY and DAVID BROPHY conductor

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. 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.’  says 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.

For the band, performing with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is ‘a huge honour’. ‘To have an orchestra of the calibre of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra want to work with us, gives us a sense that our music does indeed speak and reach out to new audiences all the time.’ 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!’

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).