"blazing guitar and dancing harp" DIRTY LINEN (USA) - a sensational, contemporary sound with rich and deep traditional roots


“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique...”

“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

Máire on the front cover of the June-July 2017 issue of Germany's Folk Magazin! The accompanying interview is here...


...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 super-busy year - 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.

Chris and Máire are now really looking forward to starting their 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


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