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CONCERT PREVIEW: Celtic Christmas Strings, Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, The Market House, Long Sutton




The last event of the year on the Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring calendar takes place in Long Sutton next Friday, December 14.

Irish harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh and English guitarist Chris Newman are bringing what promises to be a memorable evening of Celtic, jazz, bluegrass and baroque sounds to the Market House at 7.30pm.

The pair made their debut as a partnershipmore than 30 years ago at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Irish harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh and English guitarist Chris Newman are giving a Celtic Christmas Strings performance at Long Sutton's Market House on Friday, December 14.Photo by Simon Mayor.(5833314)
Irish harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh and English guitarist Chris Newman are giving a Celtic Christmas Strings performance at Long Sutton's Market House on Friday, December 14.Photo by Simon Mayor.(5833314)

But their expertise in playing their respective instruments stretches back much further.

Maire, from the Irish city of Cork, started playing the harp at the age of 11 and has gone on to perform for the late Pope John Paul II, as well as the King and Queen of Spain.

Chris first picked up a guitar with intent aged four and played his first gig at a folk club ten years later.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman.Photo by Con Kelleher. (5834280)
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman.Photo by Con Kelleher. (5834280)

Among the musicians he has worked with are Tyneside fiddle player Kathryn Tickell and French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Tickets priced £10, or £8 if in a group of four or more people, are available from the Market House, Long Sutton, on 01406 366767.


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