“The doyenne of Irish harp players” - Scotland on Sunday
"The most interesting & original player of our Irish harp today" - Derek Bell
Welcome / Fáilte!
Welcome to Máire's website.Here you'll find biographical information about Máire, herduo with guitarist Chris Newman, her trio with her sisters (The Casey Sisters) - and their CD Sibling Revelry - The Heartstring Quartet with Chris, Nollaig Casey and the late Arty McGlynn (Máire's fiddle-playing sister and legendary Irish guitarist respectively), tour-dates, press reviews, features and interviews, a festival list, information about recordings and books, video and audio clips, and contact details.
Promoters: Chris and Máire's duo website is here. An online brochure about Máire and Chris can be found here on the present site. Downloadable high-res photos of Máire and Chris, publicity materials and technical specifications can be found here on our sister Old Bridge Music site; downloadable quartet materials are here.
Máire's CDs and books can be ordered from our OBM online shop. We'll add new pages as they become available, so please bookmark this site and come and see us again!
Listen Máire & Chris play Maurice O'Connor, George Brabazon & The Crooked Road live on KALW (California) radio's Folk Music & Beyond:
Latest: New Magazine Cover Feature; Online concerts; New TV documentary, new harp sheet music etc...
The Living Tradition magazine cover feature! Máire and Chris were delighted to be featured in the April / May 2021 issue of The Living Tradition magazine - and to be on the cover of course!The magazine features an interview with them too Click here to read it...
Online concerts Máire and Chris performed at an online concert on 1 July for the 36th International Festival for Irish Harp ( An Chúirt Chruitireachta), the oldest and most prestigious festival for Irish harp in existence. It had been specially filmed at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Otley, West Yorkshire and was available to watch for 30 days after broadcast to those who had purchased tickets.
Back in the autumn of 2020, Karen Ryan of Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL) invited Máire and Chris to take part in a series of concerts she had arranged for spring 2021 in King's Place, London. When the lockdown arrived, all concerts migrated online. As travelling to London was impossible because of Covid restrictions, IMDL arranged for Chris and Máire to be filmed at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Otley, West Yorkshire. They really enjoyed playing on an actual stage again, with actual PA and lights! The hour-long concert (sponsored by IMDL and the Irish Embassy in London and presented in association with the Irish Arts Foundation) was streamed on Friday 26th March and was available to watch for 30 days afterwards to those who had purchased tickets. New TV documentary A documentary about Máire and her sister Nollaig (also featuring their sister Mairéad in addition to Chris and Nollaig's late husband Arty McGlynn) was broadcast on TG4 on November 29th, 2020, as part of its 'Sé mo Laoch' series. (TG4 is Ireland's national Irish-language TV station.) You can watch it on the TG4 Player here. (You don't need to speak Irish to enjoy watching the programme: just remember to enable the subtitles. When you click on the link above, you'll see three buttons at the bottom of the picture on the right hand side. The first is 'Subtitles', the second is 'Picture-in-Picture' and the third is 'Fullscreen'. Just click on the 'Subtitles' button and choose "English".)
The programme was Critics's Choice in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine on November 29th, 2020.
New harp sheet music Máire's arrangements of 'Fan mar a bhfuil tú, a Chladhaire' (Stay where you are, you rogue), 'Molly St George', 'Connamara', 'Lady Gethin', 'The Lost Summer' and 'The Song of the Harp' (the latter available for both solo harp and harp duet) are now available in downloadable pdf format and can be purchased here. Her books of harp arrangements, The Irish Harper Volume One and Volume Two, together with Chris's book of guitar arrangements and exercises, Adventures with a Flatpick, are available in both hard copy and downloadable pdf format here (just scroll down the page).
Joe Burke R.I.P. Máire was sad to hear of the death on February 20th of accordeon-player Joe Burke, one of the all-time giants of Irish music, the wittiest of men and the best company imaginable. She had the huge pleasure of doing some gigs with him in Ireland and the USA in the early '80s (and an album too in 1983, The Tailor's Choice). Hereis a very nice article by Toner Quinn containing reminiscences about him from Frankie Gavin, Charlie Lennon, Daithí Gormley and Máire, published in The Journal of Music. Máire was one of a number of interviewees on the March 28 edition of RTÉ Radio 1's long-running Irish music seriesThe Rolling Wave, the second of two programmes that the series has made in memory of Joe (also available as a podcast).
Archive footage recently posted... ...of Máire singing on a Tyne Tees TV programme about the Newcastle Irish Festival in 1988! Click here - her bit starts at 12.58. (Chris is playing in the background, but not visible!) A huge thank-you to John McGowan for sending us the link - we were delighted to get it!
Máire and Chris on the front cover of the new April / May 2021 issue of The Living Tradition. More covers below, here and here...
Máire on the front cover of the June-July 2017 issue of Folk Magazin (Germany). The accompanying interview is here. More covers above, here and here...
A documentary about Máire and her sister Nollaig (also featuring their sister Mairéad in addition to Chris and Nollaig's late husband Arty McGlynn) was broadcast on TG4 on November 29th, 2020, as part of its 'Sé mo Laoch' series. (TG4 is Ireland's national Irish-language TV station.) You can watch it on the TG4 Player here.
Gradam Ceoil TG4: TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2001 - the highest, most prestigious honour for a traditional Irish musician. Information about the award is here. Press coverage of the award is here .
Poster for the premiere of the Casey Sisters' work, Corcach: A Journey, commissioned by the 2018 Cork Folk Festival. Corcach Mór na Mumhan, or the Great Marsh of Munster, gave Cork its name.·Corcach·is a collection of original·music inspired by the city’s·colourful history,·from its 7th century monastic origins through to its vibrant present.
"First-class musicianship... wonderfully atmospheric"* * * * The Daily Telegraph
"Intimacy and intuition are at the heart of this radiant collection... a treat" * * * * The Irish Times
"Blissfully beautiful... channelling mythology, nostalgia and geography to bewitching effect in heartfelt music" * * * * Songlines More reviews hereandhere...
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They were interviewed by Tom Lane for BBC Radio Lincolnshire's "Thursday Night Folk", broadcast December 13th, 2018. Listen to it on catchup here.
An interview with them appeared in the Spalding Guardian (Lincolnshire) on December 17th, 2018.
Máire and Chris were profiled in the Whakatane Beacon on October 20, 2018 prior to their concert in Whakatane during their tour of New Zealand. Davey Calder's Folk Music Hour on Access Radio Taranaki, New Plymouth, presented a programme about their music on October 7, 2018, during their tour of New Zealand. It's still available to listen to and the link is onthis page.
Máire was delighted to be on the front cover of the June-July 2017 issue of Germany's Folk Magazin! - see it here on the right. The accompanying interview is here...