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This is going to be a really fantastic night of music. These performers often play large festivals, but you can hear them in a much closer setting on Thursday 26th October. They are both very highly regarded musicians. Máire is the only harper to be given the most prestigious music award in Ireland. Not all of the music will be Irish. They dabble in swing, jazz, etc. The concert will take place in the Kildare Room adjacent to Brigid's Well Pub in the lower level of Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts.
Entrance to Kildare Room/Brigid’s Well Pub on Cumberland St. The intersection of St.Patrick St./Cumberland/Murray St.
Tickets: Advanced $16 Door $22 Brigid’s Well (Cash at the bar) www.eventbrite.ca/e/maire-ni-chathasaigh-chris-...
Their 2017 schedule so far has included headlining appearances at festivals in New Zealand (Whare Flat Folk Festival), Ireland (The Gathering Festival) and the USA (North Texas Irish Festival), and extensive touring there and in the UK. In 2015 / 2016 they toured in Australia (twice), the USA (four times), Canada, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and the UK, performing at thirty-seven festivals and giving four TV performances. Máire Ní Chathasaigh. Harp player. Born Bandon, Co. Cork into a musical family, she played harp from the age of eleven. She won major awards such as the Pan-Celtic, the Oireachtra and junior and senior All-Ireland harp competitions throughout the 1970s. In 1976 she became the first harper invited to teach at CCÉ’s Scoil Éigse; subsequently she adjudicated for several years. Her first recording was made for the compilation album released to commemorate the Irish Folk Festival tour of Germany in 1978; she subsequently, played on many CCÉ tours, appearing on the associated 1970s and early-1980s recordings. In 1985 she recorded the first harp album ever to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music, The New-String Harp, and has since released six duo CDs with Chris Newman and a quartet CD with Chris, sister Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn. Notable RTÉ TV appearances since her first in 1971 have included an edition of The Pure Drop devoted to her playing and that of Gráinne Yeats, she has made TV and radio broadcasts on five continents. With a ground-breaking approach to interpreting dance-music on harp, she is seen as a unique bridge between the old world of harping and modern-day expression of traditional music; her technique is the leading influence on the instrument. In 2001 she was awarded TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year award, she has performed at the most major harp, folk and arts festivals in Europe and the USA and tours worldwide. In the early 1980s, she taught at the Cork School of Music, where she developed the first examination syllabus for the Irish harp; she has been a guest tutor at Limerick and Newcastle Universities and Leeds College of Music and is a contributor to the major harp summer schools. Her deep understanding of harping and its culture is reflected in her harp-arrangement books The Irish Harper Vol.1 (1991) and Vol.2 (2001). Companion to Irish Traditional Music by Fintan Vallely.About Chris... Chris is a virtuoso guitarist who's been obsessed with the guitar since the age of four, when he badgered his parents into buying one for him. He is one of the few guitarists in the world who can be called a master of Celtic, European swing jazz and American bluegrass styles. Duo with Máire Ní Chathasaigh… In 1987 he established a duo with Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh (they made their début at the 1987 Cambridge Folk Festival) and together they’ve played in twenty-one countries and given TV and radio broadcasts on four continents. Of their seven albums together, The Living Wood (1988) was one of the Daily Telegraph’s top ten Folk Albums of the 1980s; Out of Court (1991) was "stunning: one of the most refreshingly innovative releases in recent years" Folk Roots; The Carolan Albums (1994) was “a masterpiece of virtuosity” The Daily Telegraph; Live in the Highlands (1995) was “Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” The Irish Times, showcasing their “blazing guitar and dancing harp” Dirty Linen and “capturing the essence of these remarkable performers in a rare and priceless way - absolutely essential“ Folk Roots; and Dialogues was “Terrific: brilliant, beautiful, rich, virtuosic, delightful, classic, perfect! ****” The Sunday Tribune (Ireland). Of their sixth CD, FireWire, the critics said: “Dazzling virtuosity... guitar-playing to be marvelled at” The Daily Telegraph “An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling" The Times “Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” Songlines “Album of the Year” Live Ireland “Best Celtic Instrumental Album” 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Nashville, Tennessee. Their newest CD, the seasonal Christmas Lights is “A delightful... satisfyingly original, often refreshingly unpredictable take on festive favourites… Gorgeous and uplifting" THE LIVING TRADITION - and their Celtic Christmas Strings tours play to sell-out audiences: “(Their) mastery and magic... produced a rapt response” THE GUARDIAN.
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