Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

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Two of the country’s finest musicians make a welcome return to May Hill on April 19, 2008.

The partnership of England’s premier flatpicking guitarist Chris Newman, and Ireland’s most innovative harper, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, has that rare ability to combine true virtuosity with spellbinding entertainment, weaving a tapestry of gorgeous music that will warm and delight on the coldest of nights. Everything from Irish dance music and song to bluegrass, baroque harp to hot jazz and a sprinkling of songs and new compositions, all performed with panache, empathy and dry humour.

They recently released their sixth CD, FireWire. The Daily Telegraph marvelled at its “dazzling virtuosity” and The Times said that it displays "an eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling.”

“Máire is in a class of her own", according to The Guardian and in 2001 was honoured by Irish music’s most prestigious award, that of Traditional Musician of the Year. Chris is one of the UK’s most influential acoustic guitarists, whose astonishing virtuosity fizzes with a creative energy that takes the breath away.

A highly original sound and mix of music guarantee a captivating evening from this truly unique duo.

More information about the artists is available from their website www.oldbridgemusic.com

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