The celebrated virtuoso partnership of Máire and Chris has 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 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.

They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents.

Workshop

Irish harp music

Turlough O'Carolan expressed himself musically in several styles. He composed some music with Baroque influence, as well as Irish court harp music, and some traditional Irish dance music. Each needs a different approach. You wouldn't play a slow air that sounded baroque, or a baroque piece that sounded like a slow air. Máire will take familiar tunes and teach snippets of each in their specific authentic style to give you a real feel of the differences.

All instruments and all levels welcome. No music reading required. Recording devices welcome.

The guitar in traditional Irish and Scottish music

How to create “open-sounding” accompaniments for traditional tunes without resorting to DADGAD, how to create interesting and appropriate rhythms and how to ornament tunes in a stylistically accurate way.

 

Appearances

Concert
To be announced

Workshop
To be announced


Reviews

 
Brilliance

Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in
traditional music
.”

— The Irish Times (IR)

Jazzy Django-ish numbers

This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!

— The Belfast Telegraph (IR)

Masterly

Their stagecraft was masterly and their introductions informative and funny

— The Christchurch Press (N.Z.)