Máire Ní Chathasaigh

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The New Strung HarpThe New Strung Harp Ref: A0149
Máire Ní Chathasaigh
In 1985 Máire recorded the first harp album ever to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music - the culmination of many years spent developing an array of new techniques for the purpose, particularly in relation to ornamentation. Using her deep knowledge of the idiom of the living oral Irish tradition, she thus firmly re-established an authentically traditional style of harping. This album had such an extraordinary effect on the harp world that it has been described as "the most influential Irish harp album of the twentieth century: a single-handed reinvention of the harp".
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Christmas LightsChristmas Lights Ref: A0622
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
In December 2012 we were wondering what to do about Christmas cards as the cost of postage in the UK had recently increased by an enormous amount. We had the bright idea of sending a musical Christmas greeting, instead of a physical card so spent the evening of December 13th in the studio recording an extremely light-hearted version of Ding Dong Merrily on High. The following day we emailed a hyperlink to everyone we knew and by December 26th, it had been downloaded over 6000 times. We received lots of comments along the lines of "When's the rest of the album coming out?" Well, this is it, and we hope you enjoy it!
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FireWireFireWire Ref: A0174
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
"The singing and playing are so moving, so wonderfully executed with such technical brilliance and beauty.. that they actually bring tears to one’s eyes" Irish Music Magazine; "Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music" The Irish Times
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The Carolan AlbumsThe Carolan Albums Ref: A0173
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
In 1994, Old Bridge Music released The Carolan Albums, a 66-minute CD containing 24 of the best-known and most beautiful compositions of the celebrated blind Irish harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670 - 1738), to a level of critical acclaim which can only be described as rapturous. Carolan was the most famous of all the Irish harper-composers of his day, and his music continues to be the most popular ever composed for the harp in Ireland. It affords a great deal of scope to the creativity of the individual performer, since only Carolan’s melodies survive. This recording consists entirely of original arrangements, thoughtfully interpreted, of these beautiful tunes, informed by Máire's knowledge both of the native Irish harp tradition and of baroque forms, but with a discreetly contemporary tinge provided by Chris’s tasteful guitar.
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Dialogues: agallamhDialogues: agallaímh Ref: A0175
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
These musical conversations range from a 17th century air and the newly-discovered 18th century 'Hidden Pearl' to Máire and Chris’s own compositions: Máire’s Irish-style 'Three Piece Suite' and Chris’s jaunty 'Banana Yellow' & jazzy 'Swinging the Lead.' The album contains four songs, and the guest musicians are Nollaig Casey & Iain MacFarlane (fiddles), Simon Mayor (mandolin), Liz Hanks (cello), Roy Dodds (percussion)
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Out of CourtOut of Court Ref: A0176
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
In late 1991, Máire and Chris released 'Out of Court', an effervescent mixture of baroque-influenced Carolan, straight-down-the-line Irish dance music, haunting songs and a 17th century air from the ancient Irish harp tradition, interspersed with original compositions which exhibit some dazzling jazz-influenced pyrotechnics..
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The Living WoodThe Living Wood Ref: A0177
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
In 1988, Máire and Chris released 'The Living Wood', their critically acclaimed first album together. It originally appeared on the American Green Linnet label, then on Black Crow. The licence reverted to Old Bridge Music in 1994 and we were delighted to be able to re-release it on Old Bridge Music. The excellent Bryan Ledgard redesigned the sleeve, and Chris digitally remixed it for optimal sound quality.
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Live in the HighlandsLive in the Highlands Ref: A0203
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
This recording was made in 1995 during a series of concerts at the 2nd Highland Harp Festival held in Balnain House, Inverness (Scotland's centre for the promotion of Highland music) and in the Western Isles of Skye, Harris, Benbecula and Mull. The tracks are presented in more or less the same order that they were performed on stage, except that the middle section was chopped out so what you're left with is the first half of the first set spliced on to the second half of the second set!
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Harps, Pipes & FiddlesHarps, Pipes & Fiddles Ref: A0152
Harps, Pipes & Fiddles - the instruments that have carried, invented and expanded the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland for centuries. Of course it is all the better if these proud instruments are in the right hands, and on this album we proudly present leading exponents of the tradition. The list of musicians on this album (mainly from Scotland with a few very notable exceptions from Ireland, England and the U.S.) read like a 'Who's Who' of traditional music.
HARPS - Ann Heymann, Alison Kinnaird, Maire Ni Chathasaigh, William Taylor PIPES - Ged Foley, Duncan MacGillivray, John D. Burgess, Dr. Angus MacDonald, Dougie Pincock & P/M Iain MacDonald, Gordon Mooney & Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band FIDDLES - Aly Bain, Marie Fielding, Fiddlers Five, Vincent Griffin, John McCusker & Brian McNeill.
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Sheet Music

The Irish Harper Volume 1The Irish Harper Volume 1 Ref: SM061
Máire Ní Chathasaigh
This book is the fruit of many years' experience of performing & teaching Irish traditional music to harpers by the pioneer & acknowledged leader in the field. It represents the first attempt in print to analyse & explain the aesthetic principles which inform the stylistically correct performance of this music on the harp. Most of these ground-breaking arrangements are of traditional Irish dance music, but also included are two songs and some unusual settings of the music of Turlough O'Carolan. Máire has recorded most of them on her albums 'The New Strung Harp', 'The Living Wood' and 'The Carolan Albums', and best results can be achieved by listening carefully to the recorded versions while following the written music.

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The Irish Harper Volume 2The Irish Harper Volume 2 Ref: SM018
Máire Ní Chathasaigh
TURLOUGH O’ CAROLAN was the most famous of all the Irish harper-composers of his day, and his music continues to be the most popular ever composed for the harp in Ireland. It affords a great deal of scope to the creativity of the individual performer, since only Carolan’s melodies survive. This book - the second in a series devoted to the authentic performance of all forms of traditional Irish music on the harp - contains original arrangements of 24 of Carolan’s beautiful tunes, informed by Máire's knowledge both of the native Irish harp tradition and of baroque forms.
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Rogha na gCruitirRogha na gCruitirí Ref: SM393
Harper's Choice
100 Traditional Tunes for the Irish Harp
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