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

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“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

Máire on the front cover of Germany's Folk Magazin! The accompanying interview is here...

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Chris and Máire are thrilled that a Chicago performance was awarded “Concert of the Year” and Chris named "Male Musician of the Year" in the 2019 Live Ireland Awards! Details here

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LISTEN...
...to Máire, Chris and band play "Reel for a Water Diviner" (composed by Máire) from their CD FireWire:

 

LISTEN...
...to Chris and Máire
play "Stroll On!" (composed by Chris) from their live CD Live in the Highlands:

 

NEWS...
New harp sheet music
Máire's arrangements of "Connamara" and "The Song of the Harp" (the latter available for both solo harp and harp duet) have just been published in downloadable pdf format and can be purchased
here. Her books of harp arrangements, The Irish Harper Vols I and II, together with Chris's book of guitar arrangements and exercises, Adventures with a Flatpick, are available in both hard copy and downloadable pdf format here (just scroll down the page).

TV documentary
Máire and her sister Nollaig have just finished a very intense five days of TV filming for a documentary in TG4's 'SéŽ mo Laoch' series, to be broadcast in the spring of 2020! (TG4 is Ireland's national Irish-language TV station.)


Tours
Chris and Máire had a great 2019,
with festivals and performances in France, Sweden and Denmark, tours on the West and East Coasts of the North America, a trip to Colorado and concerts in the UK and Ireland. They finished the year on a high with their Christmas tour in the UK - always great fun! - and are now looking forward to their first US tour of 2020. Details here.

Archive footage just posted...
...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!

New videos
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

MORE NEWS

ASSORTED TV & PRESS...

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

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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