Duo to perform om harp and guitar at Hyde Hall

Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

Harp and guitar duo Maíre Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Hyde Hall at 267 Glimmerglass State Park in the town of Springfield. 

Chathasaigh is the  sole harpist recipient to date of Irish music’s Gradam Cheoil TG4 (Traditional Musician of the Year, according to a media release. Her partnership with “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists,” according to fROOTS, has toured in 22 countries in venues from village halls and historic European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and Cologne’s Philharmonie, according to the release.

A recent Chicago performance was awarded “Concert of the Year” and Newman named “Male Musician of the Year” in the 2019 Live Ireland Awards, the release said.

The duo’s performances are a blend of traditional Irish music from five centuries, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque. The two have made seven albums together.

Chathasaigh is harp/voice soloist with the New English Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of New College Oxford on John Cameron’s “Missa Celtica” (Erato Disques); her singing features on the Goldcrest film “Driftwood” and her harping on Dan ar Braz’s Gold Disc-awarded CD “Finisterres” (Sony), the release said. Broadcasts include televised concerts on TG4 and Rai Uno; TV appearances on RTÉ, BBC, S4C, HTV, WDR, ABC, France 3, PBS (the TV special associated with the Polygram USA CD release “Celtic Harpestry”) and countless radio performances worldwide.

Newman recently released a solo album “Still Getting Away.” 

For tickets to the Hyde Hall performance visit https://squareup.com/store/Hyde_Hall/

For more information on the duo, visit www.maireandchris.comhttps://www.facebook.com/MaireChrisHarpGuitarDuo or https://twitter.com/mairenichathasa

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