“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique...”
- THE TIMES, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE IRISH TIMES, THE SCOTSMAN, fROOTS...
“One of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) in concert with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY), sole harper recipient to date of the prestigious Irish Traditional Musician of the Year Award (Gradam Ceoil TG4) and Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland Music Awards 2016.
“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling” THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH “Chris is amazing... one of our greatest musicians” BBC RADIO 2 “In a class of their own” THE GUARDIAN “Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” THE IRISH TIMES ”Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” * * * * SONGLINES
...to Máire, Chris and band play "Reel for a Water Diviner" (composed by Máire) from their CD FireWire:
...to Chris and Máire play "Stroll On!" (composed by Chris) from their live CD Live in the Highlands:
Chris and Máire have had a great 2019 so far, with performances at the wonderful Festival International Harpe en Avesnois in France, a tour on the West and East Coasts of North America and concerts in the UK and Ireland.
2018 was super-busy - four North American tours, during which they visited Colorado, New Mexico, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Missouri and Ontario, a month-long tour of New Zealand, tours in Ireland, the UK, Italy and France and several festival performances - Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin, Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland, Spring Rain Festival, Ontario, Gower Folk Festival, Wales, Old Songs Festival, NY, International Festival for Irish Harp,Termonfechin, Co. Louth, Catskills Irish Arts Week, NY, Festival on the Green, Middlebury, VT, Somerset Folk Harp Festival, NJ, Fiddler's Green International Festival, Rostrevor, Co Down, Beppe Gambetta Guitar Summit, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, Kelso Folk Festival, Scotland and Wellington Folk Festival, New Zealand. In addition, this year's Cork Folk Festival featured the premiere on October 3rd of a composition entitled "Corcach: A Journey" by Máire, Nollaig and Mairéad The Casey Sisters), specially-commissioned by the festival for its 40th anniversary.
They've just finished their sixth annual duo Christmas tour in the UK...
Chris recently uploaded some videos of himself flatpicking three parts of J.S. Bach's Partita No 3 onto Facebook - the Preludio, has had 8,000+ plays so far! He's now uploaded all three videos on to YouTube so everybody can see them. Here are the links:
Chris playing the Preludio from Partita 3
Chris playing the Gigue from Partita 3
Chris playing the Bourrée from Partita 3
RECENT TV & PRESS...
Chris and Máire were featured on the first programme of the "Tradfest TG4" TV series, broadcast November 25 on TG4. Watch it on catchup TV here.
They were interviewed by Tom Lane for BBC Radio Lincolnshire's "Thursday Night Folk", broadcast December 13th. Listen to it on catchup here.
An interview with them appeared in the Spalding Guardian (Lincolnshire) on December 17th.
TV clip from TG4's "Geantraí" programme, recently posted on YouTube.
TV clip broadcast on RTÉ's News2day programme 28 June, 2017, of Máire leading over 70 harpers in playing her composition, Harps in Bloom (Termonfechin Times), at the 32nd International Festival for Irish Harp, held in Termonfechin, Co Louth.
Interview with Máire and her sisters in The Irish Examiner, 21 February, 2017
Watch Máire playing and chatting on Part I of the TV programme "Mná an Cheoil" (Women in traditional Music) on TG4 April 2016
Watch Máire's live TV performance on Gradam Ceoil TG4, Sun 21 Feb, 2016
Watch Chris & Máire's TV performance on "Hup!", TG4, Sun 11 Oct 2015
Interview with Máire in The Herald Scotland, 8 April, 2015
Article about the duo in The Irish Voice (New York), 6 May 2015
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