Máire Ní Chathasaigh

TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year 2001

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, her duo with virtuoso guitarist Chris Newman, her trio with her sisters (The Casey Sisters) - and their CD Sibling Revelry - The Heartstring Quartet with Chris, Nollaig Casey and 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!

Máire & Chris play Maurice O'Connor, George Brabazon & The Crooked Road live on KALW (California) radio's Folk Music & Beyond:

Latest: New harp sheet music, TV documentary, Tours etc...

We're thrilled to announce that some socially-distanced duo shows with Chris Newman are scheduled to go ahead in November and December! Details

New harp sheet music

Máire's arrangements of "Connamara" and "The Song of the Harp" (the latter available for both solo harp and harp duet) have just been published in downloadable pdf format and can be purchased
here. Her books of harp arrangements, The Irish Harper Vols I and II, 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).

TV documentary
Máire and her sister Nollaig have just finished a very intense five days of TV filming for a documentary in TG4's 'SéŽ mo Laoch' series, to be broadcast in the spring of 2020! (TG4 is Ireland's national Irish-language TV station.)

Archive footage just 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!

Chris and Máire have had a great 2019 so far, with festivals and performances in France, Sweden and Denmark, tours on the West and East Coasts of the North America, a trip to Colorado and concerts in the UK and Ireland. They're now looking forward to their Christmas tour in the UK - always great fun! Details

Older posts
They had a super-busy 2018 - four North American tours, during which they visited Colorado, New Mexico, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Missouri and Ontario, a month-long tour of New Zealand, tours in Ireland, the UK, Italy and France, several festival performances - Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin, Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland, Spring Rain Festival, Ontario, Gower Folk Festival, Wales, Old Songs Festival, NY, International Festival for Irish Harp,Termonfechin, Co. Louth, Catskills Irish Arts Week, NY, Festival on the Green, Middlebury, VT, Somerset Folk Harp Festival, NJ, Fiddler's Green International Festival, Rostrevor, Co Down, Beppe Gambetta Guitar Summit,
Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, Kelso Folk Festival, Scotland and Wellington Folk Festival, New Zealand - and their sixth annual Christmas tour in the UK.

In addition, the 2018 Cork Folk Festival featured the première on October 3rd of a composition entitled "Corcach: A Journey" by Máire, Nollaig and Mairéad (
The Casey Sisters), specially-commissioned by the festival for its 40th anniversary.

More news...


Máire on the front cover of the June-July 2017 issue of Folk Magazin (Germany)!
More covers here and here...



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Recent Press & TV

Chris and Máire were featured on the first programme of the "Tradfest TG4" TV series, broadcast November 25th, 2018 on TG4. Watch it on catchup TV here.

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.

TV clip broadcast on RTÉ's News2day programme 28 June, 2017, of Máire leading over 70 harpers in playing her composition, Harps in Bloom (Termonfechin Times), at the 32nd International Festival for Irish Harp, held in Termonfechin, Co Louth.

Interview with Máire in Cork's Evening Echo, 15 February, 2017

Interview with Máire and her sisters in The Irish Examiner, 21 February, 2017

Watch Máire playing and chatting on Part I of the TV programme "Mná an Cheoil" (Women in traditional Music) on TG4 April 2016

Watch Máire's
live TV performance with Anne-Marie O'Farrell and Cormac de Barra playing her composition "Reel for a Water-diviner" on Gradam Ceoil TG4, Sun 21 Feb, 2016

Watch Chris & Máire's
TV performance on "Hup!", TG4, Sun 11 Oct 2015

Interview with Máire in The Herald Scotland, 8 April, 2015
Article about the duo in The Irish Voice (New York), 6 May 2015

For further news, click here.

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