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March 21, 2020

We're back in Ilkley from the USA safe and sound. All the luggage arrived too (always a bonus!) so thanks to BA for a completely uneventful journey

Our 6 week tour of the USA became a 4 week tour as all the remaining events were cancelled. Very disappointing but completely understandable, and at least the first three weeks went without a hitch.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans was great fun. I've seen it on TV of course, but it was brilliant to be there,

Many many thanks to all our fabulous friends in the States (too numerous to mention, but you know who you are!) who offered accommodation (in case we got stranded) for as long as we needed. We really appreciate your kindness.

Here’s the thing though...

Wednesday afternoon in Boston was a bit like being in a ghost town. Hardly any traffic and virtually no pedestrians. People there were really taking this stuff seriously and are minimising their contacts with others. 

On Thursday morning Heathrow was quieter than usual, but there were still a lot of people about. The real surprise was arriving in the north and looking out of the window of the plane as we approached Leeds to see the M1 & M62 motorways where it was very much business as usual with loads of vehicles on the move. 

The same in Ilkley with plenty of people wandering around, shopping, sitting in cafes and bars and generally carrying on as if nothing has happened. 

At least all the pubs, clubs and restaurants finally closed their doors last night (Friday).

Our April and May gigs in the UK are all cancelled, and the planned 10 days vacation in Spain will definitely not be happening, so a period of enforced staying-at-home seems to be the order of the day. It could be worse as there are albums to finish and books to write...

Personally I’m intending to stay in the house, venturing out only when strictly necessary to buy groceries.

And perhaps get into the studio...

Keep well, and thanks again to all our wonderfully generous friends on the left hand side of the pond.

 

 
More harp sheet music newly available...
 
You'll find both solo and duo arrangements of Song of the Harp in the shop, as well as the sheet music for Connamara, the beautiful unpublished harp air from the Bunting collection. Just added is the downloadable version of Máire's Irish Harper Volume 2 book, as well as a solo harp arrangement of The Lost Summer...You'll find them all in the shop.
 

 

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

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Arty McGlynn's solo CD is available now

Almost 40 years after the release of his critically-acclaimed McGlynn's Fancy comes Botera.

10 years in the making, this is a CD that marks a return to Arty's jazz roots from the sixties (although a couple of excellent traditional jigs also sneak in).

Siobhan Long gave it a 4-star review in the Irish Times on December 5. Read it here...

If you'd like to order a copy please click here.

Arty McGlynn (07/08/1944-18/12/2019)
 

In 2015 the Heartstring Quartet went to Australia for seven weeks and Denmark for a week in June. It was fun...

Arty McGlynn (guitar)
Chris Newman (guitar/ mandolin)
Nollaig Casey (fiddle/ vocal)
Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Irish harp)

Dirty Linen (USA), March / April, 2009
"A dream quartet - the sweetest and most exciting music to emerge for a long time. Matching virtuosity with sheer good taste, this album of traditional and original music pours joyfully from the speakers... amazing, majestic, delightful"

The Irish Times 10 October, 2008
"A tightrope walk into uncommon worlds... This is traditional music at its very best: crossing boundaries, tapping our own tunes alongside bluegrass and ragtime borrowings. Many lifetimes' worth of music." 

The Heartstring Sessions CD was released in the UK on September 29, 2008. Folk Roots, Scotland on Sunday, Living Tradition and many others have reviewed the CD. They're all available to read here.

More US & European reviews here.

 

 
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Clive Carroll Paul Buckley
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