Nollaig Casey, Chris Newman, Arty McGlynn & Máire Ní Chathasaigh
Quartet News and New CD!
The quartet are just back from a seven-week tour of Australia (February - April 2015) - seeherefor details of where they've been.) The quartet's second album, Heartstring Sessions 2, was recorded in January and manufactured in time for the Australian tour! It hasn't yet been released in Europe or the US, but pre-release copies are now available to buy exclusively fromour Old Bridge Music website!!!
Máire and Chris have a few UK concerts coming up - notably the Edinburgh Harp Festival - in mid-April before heading to the US for a duo East Coast tour in April - May. A Heartstring Quartet tour of Denmark follows in June. All concert detailshere.
An interview with Máirewas published on April 8 in The Herald (Scotland) prior to her concert with Chris at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival on April 13.
A pic of the quartet was published here in the Canberra Times on March 31, prior to their appearance at the National Folk Festival there... During their 2014 tour, the quartet performed live on ABC National Radio's "Music Show" - available on podcast afterwardshere.
On stage at the Cork Folk Festival, 2013 Photo courtesy of Jim Byrne / The Living Tradition
News about Nollaig, Máire and Chris...
A television programme about Nollaig’s life and music was broadcast on Ireland’s TG4 in April 2014 as part of its “Fuaimrian mo Shaol” series and has just received a repeat broadcast. Máire and Chris have just finished their21-date Celtic Christmas Strings tourof the UK and had a wonderful time on their travels - they were thrilled that eight of the concerts were sold out! (Their special Christmas show featured a selection of carols from their albumChristmas Lightsin addition to their regular repertoire of Irish traditional music, bluegrass, swing and original pieces.) Máire and her two fiddle-playing and singing sisters Nollaig and Mairéad performed and taught at the 2nd Harp Weekend at Bandon Walled Town Festival, held in their home town of Bandon, Co. Cork on August 30 - 31. Their concert on August 30th (to a capacity audience in St Peter's Church) included the première of their specially-composed Bandonbridge Suite - a musical representation of the history of the town - and their new CD will be released soon. Here's a video clip of Máire and Nollaig playing together.