Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman in Concert April 22 at The Mercantile in La Veta: Fundraiser for the International Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman in Concert April 22 at The Mercantile in La Veta:
Fundraiser for the International Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival
Márie Ní Chathasaigh, Ireland’s amazing harper ,and Chris Newman, brilliant British guitarist, will perform in La Veta Colorado Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm for a fundraiser for the International Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival . A ceili will follow the concert with tables of treats, whiskey, beer, and wine. Open session playing will be led by the Celtic Orphans, so bring your instruments and join in!
MÁIRE is one of Ireland’s most important and inﬂuential traditional musicians, awarded Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland 2016 awards and sole harpist recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious Award, that of TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – GRADAM CHEOIL TG4 – “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp and for the positive inﬂuence she has had on the young generation of harpers”. She began to play the harp at the age of eleven. A West Cork background steeped in the oral tradition led her, while still a teenager, to develop new techniques that made it possible for the ﬁrst time to play traditional music on the harp in a stylistically accurate way. She won the All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic Harp Competitions several times and in 1985 recorded the ﬁrst harp album ever to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music, The New-Strung Harp – “an intensely passionate and intelligent record and a milestone in Irish harp music”
CHRIS is a “brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar” (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH), a “dazzling player” (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA) whose work is “nothing short of brilliant” (DIRTY LINEN, USA). He was Live Ireland’s Male Musician of the Year 2009. He began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his ﬁrst paid gig in a folk club. A proliﬁc composer, arranger and record producer, he’s played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Boys of the Lough), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley) and comedy (Fred Wedlock) – receiving a silver disc for producing Fred’s international hit Oldest Swinger in Town, to which he also composed the tune and which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries. As Fred’s Musical Director and bandleader, appearances on such iconic national TV progammes as BBC’s Top of the Pops followed. One day in 1985 he decided he’d really rather play interesting music than pursue interesting paychecks, so turned his back on the commercial world and returned to his folk roots. He has since concentrated on composition and on playing the traditional music of these islands and beyond. In addition to his work with Máire, Chris toured until 1997 as a member of Boys of the Lough in North America, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, China and Italy. He has been principal guitar tutor for Newcastle University’s Folk B.Mus course since its inception and visiting tutor at the University of Limerick, the University of Ulster and the Carl Nielson Institute, Denmark. His book of guitar compositions and arrangements Adventures with a Flatpick was published in 2001.
Together Máire & Chris have played in twenty-one countries and given TV and radio broadcasts on four continents. Their performances are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s “delightfully subversive” wit. Of their sixth CD, FireWire, the critics said: “An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling… bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice” THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity… delightful” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH “In a class of their own” THE GUARDIAN “Takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a ﬁre into its belly” THE IRISH TIMES
Whisky, beer and wine bar available. Suggested Donation $20 at door
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018, FRO0M 2:00 TO 5:00 PM
at Mercantile (formerly Francisco Crossing) 300 S. Main Street, La Veta, CO