Recent Festivals...


Máire and Chris playing with the Heartstring Quartet at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia, 2015 - Máire's hands on the big screens...

Assorted TV, Radio and Press...



Here's a selection of other TV, radio and press, in reverse date order:

TV programme in TG4's Hup! series featuring performance by Chris and Máire just re-broadcast

A TV programme in TG4's Hup! series featuring a performance by Chris and Máire, originally broadcast 11 October 2015, has just been re-broadcast and can be watched on the TG4 Player here.

Interview with Chris published in January/February 2022 issue of RnR Magazine
An interview with Chris appears in the January - February 2022 issue of RnR Magazine!
In it he discusses his new solo album, Breaking Bach, and his musical journey.

Máire featured in TG4 TV programme on Chistmas Day 2021
A TV programme celebrating the late legendary Irish accordeon-player Joe Burke, featuring lots of wonderful musicians and to which Máire was honoured to be asked to contribute, was broadcast on TG4 on Christmas Day 2021.

You can still watch it on the TG4 Player here. (TG4 is Ireland's national Irish-language TV station.)

You don't need to speak Irish to enjoy watching the programme: just remember to enable the subtitles. When you click on the link above, you'll see three buttons at the bottom of the picture on the right hand side. The first is 'Subtitles', the second is 'Picture-in-Picture' and the third is 'Fullscreen'. Just click on the 'Subtitles' button and choose "English".

Extracts from press coverage for Chris's new solo album, Breaking Bach
Chris's new solo album of his arrangements for steel-strung flatpicked guitar of sonatas and partitas written by JS Bach for solo instruments was released on July 23, 2022 (available for purchase
in CD and download formats from our Old Bridge Music website. The project is quite ground-breaking - a recording of this music on steel-strung flatpicked guitar has not been attempted until now. Further information and full reviews are here.

* * * * THE SCOTSMAN 7 August, 2021 (print edition); 30 July, 2021 (online edition)
This audacious and eminently enjoyable hijacking sees Chris Newman... lend a distinctively ringing but also regardful character to this hallowed canon... establising a brightness and brio that pervades these interpretations."

* * * * * FOLK WALES
"Dazzling... utterly breathtaking... a triumph."

* * * * RnR MAGAZINE
"Life-affirming... (Newman's) achievement is colossal... Elegant, stylish and unmistakeably from the heart."

THE LIVING TRADITION August / September, 2021
"Groundbreaking - a magnificent tour-de-force... The elegance and refinement of Chris’s playing artfully conceal the seamless technique and effort expended, and the whole exercise sounds as natural as breathing... Chris’s stylish, supremely skilled fretwork is irresistible, with its swing in the step and rhythmic buoyancy... A toweringly impressive achievement... Outstanding."

"Twelve tracks sweep by in unplugged splendour... Chris Newman is in a class of his own."

* * * * 5PLANÈTES

"Un album fort original et novateur..."

FOLK LONDON August / September, 2021

Chris interviewed about the CD on BBC Radio Ulster:
Chris was interviewed about the new album by presenter John Toal on
BBC Radio Ulster's "Classical Connections" programme, broadcast on Sunday Sepember 5th. (The programme can be heard online on catch-up for up to 30 days after broadcast and is also accessible from anywhere in the world via BBC Sounds.)

'Breaking Bach' was Album of the Week on RTÉ Lyric FM's 'Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive' July 26 - 30.

Living Tradition Magazine cover feature!
Chris and Máire are on the front cover of the April / May 2021 issue of The Living Tradition magazine! The magazine features an interview with them too. Click here to read it.

TV documentary about Máire and here sister Nollaig!
A documentary about Máire and her sister Nollaig (also featuring their sister Mairéad in addition to Chris and Nollaig's late husband Arty McGlynn) was broadcast on TG4 on November 29th, 2020, and re-broadcast 13 February 2022, as part of its 'SéŽ mo Laoch' series! (TG4 is Ireland's national Irish-language TV station.) You can still watch it on the TG4 Player here!

The programme was Critics's Choice in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine on November 29th, 2020.

Blog-post from Colin Rndall about our first duo album 'The Living Wood'
Here is
a blog-post from Colin Randall dated August 17, 2020, where he looks back on our first duo album 'The Living Wood'. In a 1988 article for The Daily Telegraph he had declared it Folk Album of the Year as well as one of his top three albums of the decade!

Máire and Chris were interviewed and Chris played on WLOX News in Biloxi, MS prior to their concert in Gulfport, MS on Saturday February 29, 2020. You can watch the clip here...

Archive footage was posted on YouTube on Novmber 21, 2019 of Máire singing on a Tyne Tees TV programme about the Newcastle Irish Festival in 1988! Click here - her bit starts at 12.58. (Chris is playing in the background, but not visible!) A huge thank-you to John McGowan for sending us the link - we were delighted to get it!

Chris and Máire were interviewed on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Afternoon Show, presented by Sue Taylor, on October 16, 2019 - listen here...

TV clip from TG4's "Geantraí" programme, recently posted on YouTube.

Chris and Máire were
featured on the first programme of the "Tradfest TG4" TV series, broadcast November 25, 2018 on TG4. Watch it on catchup TV here.

An interview with them appeared in the Spalding Guardian (Lincolnshire) on December 17th.

They were interviewed by Tom Lane for his BBC Radio Lincolnshire "Thursday Night Folk" programme, broadcast Thursday December 13th. You can listen to it on catchup here.

Máire and Chris were profiled in the Whakatane Beacon on October 20, 2018 prior to their concert in Whakatane during their tour of New Zealand.

Davey Calder's Folk Music Hour on Access Radio Taranaki, New Plymouth, presented a programme about their music on October 7, 2018, during their tour of New Zealand. It's still available to listen to and the link is on
this page.

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 Nollaig and Mairéad 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

Máire & Chris playing at the televised ceremony at the Cork Opera House on the night she was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 - Musician of the Year 2001.






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