Irish group set to tug Bunbury's heart strings

Bunbury’s heart strings will be tugged when double-duo Irish sensation Heartstring Quartet visit town on May 27.
Bunbury’s heart strings will be tugged when double-duo Irish sensation Heartstring Quartet visit town on May 27.

Some of the most influential names in Irish music will glide into the Bunbury Catholic College Arts Centre for a hypnotising performance on May 27.

Two duos make up the multi-faceted, internationally acclaimed Heartstring Quartet – ready to use their namesake on Bunbury punters.

The four-piece is made up of legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn, flatpicker Chris Newman and prodigy sisters Nollaig Casey, fiddle, and Màire Ní Chathasaigh, harp.

Chathasaigh spoke to the Bunbury Mail from her home Ireland about the group’s upcoming tour. 

“It’s a special event doing a tour like a Australia, so we are very excited to be coming,” Chathasaigh said.

The group formed on a whim after regular jam sessions together.

She said the experience of successful solo careers from each of them combined into the music created.

An Irish Traditional Musician of the Year winner herself, Chathasaigh explained that unlike a conventional band, there was no one member that took the lead during performances.

“A lot of bands have supports, where as we are four individuals,” she said.

Bunbury is the group’s first stop on an Australia-wide tour.

Ms Chathasaigh hadn’t visited Western Australia in over 10 years, but had fond memories of the region. 

She said the magic of Heartstring Quartet was that each performance is different.

The Bunbury Mail has two double passes to the show – to win email   editor.bunburymail@fairfaxmedia.com.au with your name and daytime phone number.