The Livies Awards 2009

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8. Male Musician of the Year Chris Newman Heartstring Sessions

Chris Newman may well be the best trad/acoustic/folk/ Argentinian tango/ mazurka player in the world. Or, put another way, he is the music’s best guitarist. He and fellow musician, Maire ni Chathasaigh on harp have defined and refined their positions in the music to the point where they have become iconic. Team the world’s best Celtic harpist with the best guitar player, and you have it all. It is criminal that Chris has not won an individual Livie before, but that is now redressed. He was a child prodigy on the guitar, and now he is an adult genius on the thing. Impeccable taste and soul meet technical brilliance. Wow! This album, this musician and this ability left us speechless—as we usually are in the presence of Maire and Chris. He has been the best for years---and remains so. Chris, you are the deal, and so say us all!

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