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Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Sunday, March 26, 2023 7:30 pm Concert at Fort Hunter
Celtic Harp Workshop 4:30 pm with Máire

About This Event:

This astonishing and adventurous pair of master musicians serves up traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

photo by Con Kelleher

This astonishing and adventurous pair of master musicians serves up traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

A virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS).

“music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music”The Irish Times

Máire is credited with developing techniques (when still a teenager!) for playing Irish dance music on the harp — an instrument viewed as only useful for delicate historic tunes and song accompaniment. Translating the nuances of rhythm and articulation from fiddle and pipe to her instrument, she revolutionized how the harp was viewed in traditional music circles.

“[Máire] takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a fire into its belly”The Irish Times

Chris started playing guitar as a child, in a fantastic variety of styles from folk to jazz, but didn’t play traditional Irish music until he started playing with Máire. And during the pandemic lockdowns, he stretched out in another direction: playing Bach on guitar... without knowing how to read music.

“This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes — this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!”The Belfast Telegraph (Ireland)

Tickets

Concert: 7:30 pm Doors: 6:30 pm US Eastern Time

Celtic Harp Workshop with Maire: 4:30 pm

  • $18 General Admission
  • $14 SFMS Members
  • $10 Students

General ticket info

Venues

Fort Hunter Centennial Barn

5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

COVID Safety Policy

For SFMS events, we follow CDC recommendations on the event date, adding any additional precautions required by the venue or the artist. Details on our COVID policy page.

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