Máire Ní Chathasaigh

TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year 2001

The doyenne of Irish harp players” - Scotland on Sunday

"The most interesting & original player of our Irish harp today"
- Derek Bell


Welcome / Fáilte!

Welcome to Máire's website. Here you'll find biographical information about Máire, her duo with virtuoso guitarist Chris Newman, her trio with her sisters (The Casey Sisters) - and their new CD "Sibling Revelry"! - The Heartstring Quartet with Chris, Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn (Máire's fiddle-playing sister and legendary Irish guitarist respectively), tour-dates, press reviews, features and interviews, a festival list, information about recordings and books, video and audio clips, and contact details.

Promoters: Chris and Máire's new duo website is here. An online brochure about Máire and Chris can be found here on the present site. Downloadable high-res photos of Máire and Chris, publicity materials and technical specifications can be found here on our sister Old Bridge Music site; downloadable quartet materials are here.

Máire's CDs and books can be ordered from our OBM online shop.

We'll add new pages as they become available, so please bookmark this site and come and see us again!

Máire & Chris play Maurice O'Connor, George Brabazon & The Crooked Road live on KALW (California) radio's Folk Music & Beyond:

Latest - Tours, Award & New CD!

assetflogolgitem1Máire's month-long tour of New Zealand with Chris Newman (sponsored by Culture Ireland and incorporating a headlining appearance at Whare Flat Festival) in January this year and subsequent bunch of UK concerts was followed by performances at Ireland's Gathering Festival and Ballymaloe Grainstore with the Casey Sisters. She and Chris then headed off to Dallas to perform as one of the headlining acts at the North Texas Irish Festival before finishing their current run with some concerts last weekend sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales.

In the lead-up to the Casey Sisters' concert at the Ballymaloe Grainstore, Máire was interviewed by the Cork Evening Echo (click here to read) and all three sisters were interviewed by the Irish Examiner (click here to read). Here's a video of their performance at the Skibbereen Arts Festival. They're now looking forward to playing at the International Festival for Irish Harp (An Chúirt Chruitireachta) on June 29th! (Festival website)

In 2015 / 2016 Máire and Chris toured in Australia (twice), the USA (four times), Canada, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland in addition to their UK work (which included their annual hugely-enjoyable Celtic Christmas Strings tours) and gave thirty-seven festival performances. Other notable events in that period were the award to Máire of Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland Music Awards 2016 and in the Chicago Irish American News Top TIR Awards (details
here) and four TV performances.

Watch Máire's live TV performance with Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac de Barra on Gradam Ceoil TG4, Sun 21 Feb, 2016

Chris and Máire performed on "Hup" on TG4 TV in Ireland on Sunday October 11 - watch it here!

Cerys Matthews played Máire's version of 'Carolan's Farewell to Music' on her iconic BBC 6 Music show on Sep 6 and again on Sep 20. She said “I adore this track. This was one of the tracks that Dónal Gallagher picked to play when we were enjoying the record collection that his brother Rory Gallagher had collected throughout his too-short life and this was the tune that Rory requested be played at his funeral. Absolutely tremendous stuff. It’s 'Carolan’s Farewell to Music' by Máire Ní Chathasaigh”.

Máire and her sisters Nollaig and Mairéad (The Casey Sisters) were excited to release their first CD together, Sibling Revelry in late 2015 and to start touring with it in 2016! You can buy the CD here. The cover image is on the right...

Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Chris Newman, the new CD is one of The Daily Telegraph’s Albums of the Year, "Caithreim Ciúil"s Album of the Week from November 16 - 20 on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal (Scotland), and has already received a few wonderful reviews:

"Blissfully beautiful... channelling mythology, nostalgia and geography to bewitching effect in heartfelt music"
* * * * Songlines

"First-class musicianship... wonderfully atmospheric"
* * * * The Daily Telegraph

"Elegant and beguiling" RTÉ Lyric FM

"Stunning... a superb album" The Living Tradition

"Ils sont toutes trois des stars... très romantique... magnifique sonorité!" Le Canard Folk

"Intimacy and intuition are at the heart of this radiant collection... a treat" * * * * The Irish Times

"Superbe" * * * * TRAD Magazine (France)

"Shows the mastery that’s given them global reputations... High-end music-making, virtuosic yet geared towards rich, flowing, soulful expression... Warmth intimacy and sheer depth of feeling for the Irish tradition" The Herald Scotland

See the full reviews at The Casey Sisters website.)

A programme about the three sisters - an extended interview with Ellen Cranitch - was broadcast on  "Grace Notes" on RTÉ Lyric FM on October 2015.

The CD was played on various BBC stations (including BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, where it was "Caithreim Ciúil"s Album of the Week), several NPR stations in the USA (including WGBH, KRVS, KUAR), on stations in Germany, France and Italy and on RTÉ Lyric FM, Raidio na Gaeltachta, Clare FM, Shannonside Radio, Midwest Radio, Tipp FM and LMFM - Máire was interviewed on LMFM about the album.

After a couple of lovely festivals in Italy in late July, Chris and Máire headed straight into mixing Sibling Revelry, the new CD that Máire has made with her sisters Nollaig and Mairéad - information above...

Just prior to the Italian trip, Máire had spent a fortnight teaching and performing at the 30th International Festival for Irish Harp at An Grianán, Termonfechin, Co. Louth (where she also performed at the gala concert with The Heartstring Quartet) and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare.

The Irish events were preceded by a tour of Denmark with Chris, Máire's sister, fiddle-player and singer Nollaig Casey and guitarist Arty McGlynn (as The Heartstring Quartet), during which they performed at Halkaer Festival. Máire and Chris had spent April - May touring as a duo on the East Coast of the USA. Less than two weeks before the start of that tour at the Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland, they had returned from a seven-week quartet tour of Australia in February - April which included appearances at Perth International Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, the National Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival and Deloraine StringFest (see here for details) - and in that period managed to fit in duo concerts at the Edinburgh Harp Festival, Coquetdale Music Trust and Lichfield Arts Centre.

Here's a link to an interview with Máire in The Herald Scotland on 8 April, 2015, prior to the Edinburgh Harp Festival performance.

Here's an article about the duo in the May 6 issue of New York City's Irish Voice newspaper.

The quartet's second album, Heartstring Sessions 2, was recorded in January and manufactured in time for the Australian tour! The CD will be released in Europe and the US soon - we'll keep you informed.

For further news, click here.

áire and Chris have posted photos taken on their recent travels in the USA, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Italy and Sweden on their Facebook Page. To see the latest, "like" the Facebook Page or follow Máire on Twitter....


The new CD!!!


Máire's hands on the big screens during the Heartstring Quartet's
main stage performance at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia, in March.

Buy Máire's CDs

There's a Reviews page for each of Máire's CDs on this site. Go to the relevant page and click the "Buy this CD" button (under the pic of the CD sleeve) to be taken to the corresponding page in the Old Bridge Music online shop. Once there, click "Add to Basket" and then follow your nose!

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