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Máire Ni Chathasaigh

Watching The Dark
Celtic Moon Rising
Sweeney's Men
Sweeney's Men 1968
Bagpipes and Other Incendinary Devices
Máire Ni Chathasaigh
Old Bridge Music
Celtic Women in Music
The Harp
Loreena McKennitt
The Visit
The Mask and The Mirror
The Book of Secrets
Blue Horses
Dragons Milk and Coal
Ten Leagues Beyond The Wild Worlds End
Folk On The Water
Harvest Storm
A Sense Of Place
Shapes On The Landscape
Dorset Cursus
Wayland's Smithy
Maiden Castle Hill Fort
Expansion of The Celts
Cara Dillon
The Streets Of Derry
The Road Less Traveled
Wild Welsh Women
Isle of Môn
Death of the King's Canary
Siân Phillips, the Welsh Fiddler
Julie Fowlis
mar a tha mo chridhe (as my heart is)
Clan Wallace

 "A most interesting & original player..."


MÁIRE is one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians, described by Live Ireland as “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” and by the late Derek Bell as “the most interesting & original player of the Irish harp today”. She grew up in a well-known West Cork musical family who were active in the Cork Pipers’ Club and was already proficient in a variety of other instruments by the time that she began to play the harp at the age of eleven. Using her knowledge of the idiom of the living oral Irish tradition, she developed a variety of new techniques, particularly in relation to ornamentation, with the aim of establishing an authentically traditional style of harping - “a single-handed reinvention of the harp”. Her originality was quickly recognised and she made a number of TV and radio broadcasts as a teenager, going on to win the All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic Harp Competitions on several occasions. In 1985 she recorded the first harp album ever to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music, The New-Strung Harp. Her name, by the way is pronounced Moira Nee Ha-ha-sig

"If Máire wasn’t around, Irish harping would be so much the poorer: her work restores the harp to its true voice."

The New Strung Harp Máire Ni Chathasaigh 1985,1997
Temple Records TP019, 1985. re-release on CD COMD2019 1997

track listing

Charles O'Connor/Father Hanly
Ó Ho Nighean, É Ho Nighean
Madam Maxwell
The Pullet/The Volunteer
An Spéic Seoigheach
The Humours of Ballyloughlin
Hinderó Hóró
The Bantry Girl's Lament
The Gander in the Praitie Hole/
The Queen of the Rushes
Carolan's Farewell to Music
The Fisherman's Hornpipe/
The Cuckoo's Nest
The Boys of Malin/
The Old Oak Tree

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