Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman (Irish Harp & Guitar) is a celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY). They have presented their unique musical vision in twenty-two countries on five continents to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne. Chris has toured and recorded with many luminaries of the folk and jazz worlds, among them Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain, Diz Disley and Stéphane Grappelli, and Máire is a recipient of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Traditional Musician of the Year (Gradam Cheoil TG4 – Ceoltóir na Bliana). Expect a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions – and what THE WEST AUSTRALIAN calls “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit”!
“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 “Blazing guitar and dancing harp” DIRTY LINEN (USA) ”Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility”