The virtuoso duo of Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman bring their eclectic blend of Irish music to the H.A.R.P. Museum at the Irish Cultural Center.
The H.A.R.P. Museum at the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley proudly presents international duo Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman to perform on Friday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. The virtuoso partnership of England’s premier flatpicking guitarist and “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (LIVE IRELAND) has performed throughout the world, and on Friday, March 24, 2023, they will treat Irish music fans to an evening of unforgettable music.
Chris and Máire’s performances are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous; in short, a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz, and bluegrass, coupled with striking new compositions.
Máire is one of Ireland’s most influential traditional musicians, described by the late Derek Bell of the Chieftains as “the most interesting and original player of the Irish harp today.” Since the 1970s, Máire has developed new techniques that have since become the norm amongst her contemporaries and the younger generation of Irish musicians. Her pioneering efforts have been credited with the renaissance of the harp in recent years.
Chris is an entirely self-taught virtuoso who’s been obsessed with the guitar since the age of four when he badgered his parents into buying one for him. At fourteen he played his first paid gig in a folk club. He met the great swing guitarist Diz Disley in his late teens and played with him the length and breadth of the UK. Chris still cites jazz guitarist Denny Wright as the primary influence on his distinctive and melodic style of improvisation.
The concert takes place in the H.A.R.P. Museum. Tickets for the 7 PM show are available for $25 in advance on EventBrite (http://bit.ly/3SoI5To), or $35 at the door. Join us for this unique and emotional Irish Music event!
The Irish Cultural Center is located at 623 Columbia St. in Utica, NY.