Maire Ni Chathasaigh

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Eire. Ní Chathasaigh is one of the British Isles’ leading harp players. She learned the instrument during the 70s and also learnt to play piano, tin-whistle and fiddle. She later graduated from University College, Cork with a BA Honours degree in Celtic studies. Ní Chathasaigh followed this by winning the All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic Harp Competitions on a number of occasions. She then gave concert performances, as well as masterclasses, in Europe, the USA and Australia, and turned professional in 1981, quickly securing an international reputation for concert performances. In 1985 Ní Chathasaigh became the first harpist to produce an album comprised mainly of Irish traditional dance music, The New Strung Harp.

Teaming up with guitarist Chris Newman added a new dimension to Ní Chathasaigh’s playing, taking it out of the purely folk realm by including elements of rock, jazz, and bluegrass. The duo made its...

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