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MAIRE ni CHATHASAIGH & CHRIS NEWMAN Sat 2 December

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MAIRE NI CHATHASAIGH & CHRIS NEWMAN

Saturday 2 December 2017

Celtic Christmas Strings (a festive feast of harp and guitar from Chris Newman & Máire  Chathasaigh)

There’s something magical about harps, and particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris’s alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. 

Their many recordings express both the depth of their commitment to tradition and an eternally playful, curious and adventurous spirit. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites from their CD Christmas Lights given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in their characteristically heart-warming style – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.


“A delightful… satisfyingly original, often refreshingly unpredictable take on festive favourites… Joyful, gorgeous and uplifting” THE LIVING TRADITION “Both are in the virtuoso class” THE GUARDIAN “Masterful playing… (ranging from) the entrancing and delicate to the wildly celebratory…” **** FOLK WALES “(Their) mastery and magic… produced a rapt response” THE GUARDIAN.

 

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Press comments have used the following words to describe this duo. “Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique...”

http://www.mairenichathasaigh.com

Tickets £15 (ft students £10) from Shelley Theatre Box Office

 Maire and Chris on youtube