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International Festival for Irish Harp: Festival Gala Concert

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International Festival for Irish Harp: Festival Gala Concert with Helen Davies, Lars Kristensen, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

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International Festival for Irish Harp: Festival Gala Concert with Helen Davies (harp), Lars Kristensen (fiddle), Máire Ní Chathasaigh (harp) and Chris Newman (guitar).

Helen Davies' career as a harpist is diverse and eclectic. Her wide-ranging musical life has seen her combine a distinguished orchestral solo-harpist career in Ireland and Scandinavia with scholarly research in 18th and 19th century harp music, arranging and performing Irish traditional harp music and the harp music of her native Wales, and since 1989, working in the field of contemporary improvised music and electronics with her husband, trumpet player and composer Palle Mikkelborg, with whom she has performed throughout Scandinavia, Australia, the Far East , China and the US. She has also worked closely with the renowned Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir and has toured extensively with them. In latter years her interest in early music and the northern european folk tradition has inspired her to establish a duo with Poul Høxbro (flutes and percussion) and more recently a trio with Poul and well-known Norwegian musician, Gunnar Stubseid (hardanger fiddle).

Lars Kristensen was born and raised in Hurup, Denmark. From the age of 18 he started playing folk dance. He co-founded the orchestra Thy Folk, and played violin in the Space Quadrille for six years. He studied with Professor Henrik Sachenskjold at the Conservatory in Aarhus from 1976 -78, and with violin virtuoso Anker Buch. Since 2000 he has performed extensively in Denmark, Ireland and the United States - mainly with Irish musicians.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

A virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday) “One of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS)

“So moving - technical brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes" - IRrish Music Magazine

Maire is no stranger to the international harp scene. She grew up in a well-known West Cork musical family, who were active in the Cork Pipers' Club and was already proficient in a variety of other instruments by the time she began to play the harp at the age of eleven. Máire has developed a variety of new harp techniques, particularly in relation to ornamentation with the aim of establishing an authentically traditional style of Irish harping.

Chris is a master of Celtic, European swing jazz and American bluegrass styles. He was Live Ireland’s Male Musician of the Year 2009 and 2019. He began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his first paid gig in a folk club. A prolific composer, arranger and record producer, he's played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Boys of the Lough) and jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley). In addition to his work with Máire, Chris toured until 1997 as a member of Boys of the Lough in North America, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, China and Italy. He is the principal guitar tutor for Newcastle University’s Folk B.Mus course and a visiting tutor at the University of Limerick and the University of Ulster.

Awards for the duo: “Album of the Year” (Live Ireland) for their 2007 album FireWire.

“Best Celtic Instrumental Album” (JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS Nashville, Tennessee), 2009 for their album FireWire.

"Folk Album of the Year" (Daily Telegraph) for their 1987 album The Living Wood.

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