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 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 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, Magazine Cover Feature, Press & TV, CDs...

assetflogolgitem1Máire and Chris have had a super-busy autumn and spring - a fortnight touring in Ireland with Máire's sisters, a six-week duo tour in Canada and the USA (Ontario, QuéŽbec, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida), their annual duo Christmas tour in the UK, a performance at City Hall Dublin for Temple Bar Tradfest, a recording for a new TG4 TV show to be broadcast this coming autumn, and a five-week tour of the US and Canada in April - May 2018 that brought them to Connecticut, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, New Jersey, Maryland and Ontario. They're looking forward to further tours and festival performances this year in the UK, Ireland, USA, New Zealand and Italy...

appears on the front cover of the June-July 2017 issue of Germany's Folk Magazin! The accompanying interview is here... More covers here and here...

On June 29th 2017 Máire was thrilled to lead over 70 harpers in playing her composition, Harps in Bloom (Termonfechin Times), at the 32nd International Festival for Irish Harp (An Chúirt Chruitireachta) held in Termonfechin, Co. Louth - such an exciting and powerful sound! The performance was televised by RTÉ and broadcast on three news programmes and on RTÉ 2's news2day programme that day. Here's the programme - the harp segment starts right away.

Máire'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 performances in Wales, Spain and Italy.

Máire and her sisters Nollaig and Mairéad (The Casey Sisters) released their first CD together, Sibling Revelry, in late 2015 and started touring with it in 2016. (Cover image and review extracts on the right.) In the lead-up to their performance at the Gathering Festival in Killarney and the Ballymaloe Grainstore in February this year (2017), 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 had a wonderful time playing at the International Festival for Irish Harp (An Chúirt Chruitireachta) on June 29th and are looking forward to playing at the O'Carolan Harp Festival, Co Meath, the Cork Folk Festival and four concerts in Counties Cork and Kerry in September - October 2017!

Watch Máire playing and chatting on Part I of the TV programme "Mná an Cheoil" (Women in Traditional Music) on TG4 April 2016 - and some archive footage of her playing in the 1970s and 1980s too!


Máire on the front cover of the June-July 2017 issue of Folk Magazin (Germany)!
More covers here and here...


Sibling Revelry was one of The Daily Telegraph’s Albums of the Year. The critics said:

"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


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


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Recent Press & TV

TV clip broadcast on RTÉ's News2day programme 28 June, 2017, of Máire leading over 70 harpers in playing her composition, Harps in Bloom (Termonfechin Times), at the 32nd International Festival for Irish Harp, held in Termonfechin, Co Louth.

Interview with Máire in Cork's Evening Echo, 15 February, 2017

Interview with Máire and her sisters in The Irish Examiner, 21 February, 2017

Watch Máire playing and chatting on Part I of the TV programme "Mná an Cheoil" (Women in traditional Music) on TG4 April 2016

Watch Máire's
live TV performance with Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac de Barra playing her composition "Reel for a Water-diviner" on Gradam Ceoil TG4, Sun 21 Feb, 2016

Watch Chris & Máire's
TV performance on "Hup!", TG4, Sun 11 Oct 2015

Interview with Máire in The Herald Scotland, 8 April, 2015
Article about the duo in The Irish Voice (New York), 6 May 2015

For further news, click here.

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