IRISH HARP & GUITAR | CELTIC CHRISTMAS STRINGS
Irish Harp & Guitar: This celebrated partnership has 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-three countries on five continents. Chris and Máire’s performances 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 what The West Australian calls Chris’s “delightfully subversive wit”!
A hectic schedule so far this year has included headlining appearances at festivals in New Zealand, Ireland and the USA. In 2015–2016 they toured Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland in addition to their UK work. Other notable events were the award to Máire of Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland Music Awards 2016 and four TV performances.
Celtic Christmas Strings: 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. Their Christmas show, presented with warmth, charm and wit, features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish and Scottish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites 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.
Target audience: 1 to 100!
A delightful, satisfyingly original, often refreshingly unpredictable take on festive favourites. Joyful, gorgeous and uplifting. The Living Tradition
Dazzling virtuosity. The Daily Telegraph
An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling. The Times