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First released in 1985, The New Strung Harp is a luminous, sweet approach to music for the Irish harp — Mairi Ni Chathasaig has a light, fleet-fingered approach that utilizes a rippling style of ornamentation that provides her with a unique musical signature. Just precisely what the end result is, is less than easy to define — Celtic music, certainly, something with an Irish heart. However, the faeries are well at work here as well. ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi


Born: Ireland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The harp tradition of Ireland has expanded through the playing of Maire Ni Chathasaigh (pronounced: Moira Nee Ha-ha-sig). A past winner of All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic harp competitions, Ni Chathasaigh recorded the first harp album of traditional Irish dance music, The New Strung Harp, in 1985. Since 1987, she has continued to explore the possibilities of her instrument in a duo that she shares with her husband Chris Newman, a highly skilled British acoustic guitar virtuoso. Her innovations on the...
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