The Casey Sisters
About the Casey / Ní Chathasaigh sisters and their concert for the Harp Weekend at Bandon Walled Town Festival:
The Casey / Ní Chathasaigh sisters, Máire, Nollaig and Mairéad, are musicians with distinguished individual reputations who were brought together for this special performance at the Harp Weekend at the Walled Town Festival in their native town of Bandon.
Their concert featured voices, harp, fiddles and whistles and present a blend of Irish music and song from four centuries: from the harp music of the 17th century, through 18th century song and 19th century dance music to their own compositions.
Máire Ní Chathasaigh is “the doyenne of Irish harp players” (Scotland on Sunday) and recipient of Irish music’s most prestigious Award, Gradam Cheoil TG4 – Traditional Musician of the Year - “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp in Ireland and for the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers.” A multiple All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic winner, she developed profoundly influential techniques for harp performance of traditional Irish music, heard on her pioneering New-Strung Harp (1985) – “a milestone in Irish harp music” (The Irish Examiner) - and subsequent six recordings with guitarist Chris Newman, with whom she tours worldwide. “Bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice" THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH "In a class of her own" THE GUARDIAN "Takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a fire into its belly" * * * * THE IRISH TIMES
Mairéad is a multiple All-Ireland-winning fiddle-player, harper, tin-whistle player and singer. She’s toured in the USA, Canada, Italy, Belgium and France.
Nollaig Casey is a former member of two of Ireland's most ground-breaking bands, Planxty and Coolfin – and of the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall début in 2006 as soloist in a double concerto for classical violin and traditional fiddle by Evan Chambers. She’s toured the world with the hit show Riverdance and performed at the 2003 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony. A soloist in over 20 feature films, she’s recorded with Enya, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Rod Stewart, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Mary Black, Carlos Nuñez, Jim Rooney, Andy Irvine, Moving Hearts, Elvis Costello, Christy Moore, Liam O'Flynn, Dan ar Braz, Shaun Davey and Sharon Shannon. Her solo album featured “exquisite fiddle-playing and superb vocals” (The Irish Times) and she’s recorded two duo albums with guitarist Arty McGlynn. She can most recently be seen playing on BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions with Alison Krauss. “Exquisite fiddle- playing and superb vocals” The Irish Times "I would happily sit all night in a cold theatre to listen to Nollaig Casey..." - Fortnight (Belfast) “Nollaig’s performance was stunning for its sheer musical artistry, seducing some into quiet amazement and inducing others to insist on encore after encore...” - The Irish Times
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