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Celtic Christmas Strings - Irish Harp & Guitar

Show Details

Presented by Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Performance date and time
Saturday, 15th December 2018
8:00 PM

In a class of their own, 'one of the UK's most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists' (fRoots Magazine) in concert with the 'doyenne of Irish harpers' (Scotland On Sunday) take to the stage with a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

A breathtaking blend of traditional Irish and Scottish music, swing jazz, bluegrass and baroque, and festive favourites given a fresh voice with moving and beautiful arrangements, this very special concert charms from the first few magical chords. _________________________________________________________________

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London's Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as 'music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music' - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and a delightfully subversive wit.

★★★★ 'Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility.' Songlines Magazine

★★★★ 'Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music. Their virtuosity leads them on... Máire chomps on the bit of the harp's respectability, playing storming jigs and reels. So moving - technical brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes.' Irish Times

★★★★ Scotland On Sunday

★★★★ Maverick Magazine

Headlining appearances include festivals in New Zealand, Ireland and the USA, with extensive touring in the UK, Ireland, Australia, the USA, Canada, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden.

Their 'Celtic Christmas Strings' show is a delightful, satisfyingly original, often refreshingly unpredictable take on festive favourites.

'A truly electrifying combination.' The Stage

'Dazzling virtuosity... delightful.' Daily Telegraph

'An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling... bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice.' The Times

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Performer's website
www.maireandchris.com

Running time
90 min + interval

Audience Type
Adults/Family

Age Range
9+

Ticket Prices
£10.00 Standard

Other Ticket Information
Doors open 19.30pm.

Main Box Office Telephone Number
01623 810035

Available From
Mick Gamble - 01623 810 035 or Tom Kirkham - 07734 274 848

Additional Information
Complimentary light refreshments during the interval. No bar - bring your own drinks. Street parking.

Venue Accessibility (See Key for more information)

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Reservable/general parking on site Level entrance Steps at entrance Internal lift Wheelchair accessible toilet

This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England


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