Ireland Calling from The Arts Place

Photo is of a white man playing an acoustic guitar standing next to a white woman leaning on a celtic harp.

Join us for “Ireland Calling” Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at The Arts Place of Stokes, 502 Main St. Festivities begin with Irish Fare by Wendi Spraker of Loaves and Dishes at 3 pm, and a concert by Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman to follow at 4 pm.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh is “the great innovator of modern Irish harping, a player of outstanding technique and imagination” according to The Rough Guide to Irish Music, and one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians. As a teenager in the 1970s she invented a whole new “traditional Irish” style of harping that quickly became the norm amongst both her contemporaries and the younger generation of Irish players. She is the sole harper recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Gradam Ceoil TG4 – a national recognition of her pioneering work.

Chris Newman is “one of the UK’s greatest musicians” according to BBC Radio 2 and The Living Tradition claims he is “one of the top guitarists of his ilk in the world.” Chris began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his first paid gig in a folk club. Now a prolific composer, arranger, record producer, and musician, he has toured and recorded with many luminaries of the folk and jazz worlds, among them Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain and Stéphane Grappelli. Chris was awarded Male Musician of the Year by the Live Ireland Music Awards in addition to receiving awards for his work as a composer. 

The duo made their debut in 1987 at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Since then, they have produced seven albums together and performed all over the world, receiving international accolades for their work.

Tickets are $30 General Admission, $25 SCAC Members. Tickets include the meal at 3 pm featuring a variety of appetizers and desserts with complimentary water and tea. Mugg’s will have Guinness beer and other beverages available for purchase during the event.

Reserve tickets online or by calling Stokes Arts at 336-593-8159.