AFTER a sell-out session last month Penarth Acoustic Club are back on Friday, March 17, for a celebration of St Patrick’s Night with guitarist Chris Newman and Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh.

Máire has just been awarded Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland 2016 awards and is the only harpist recipient to date of Irish music’s Gradam Cheoil TG4 (Traditional Musician of the Year).

Her partnership with Chris has toured in 22 countries worldwide, to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls and historic European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and Cologne's Philharmonie.

Next Friday night they’ll be in Penarth Acoustic Club with their blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with new compositions.

Chris has toured and recorded with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain etc), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley) and comedy (Fred Wedlock). This is a rare opportunity to see these performers in Penarth.

There will also be spoken-word support from Dick Johns, last seen in Cardiff performing his sell-out one-man show Dick Johns What Midlife Crisis? at Chapter Arts Centre.

He has appeared with Ricky Gervais in The Office and Ardal O’ Hanlon in My Hero, and has performed in more than 30 plays for Radio's 3 and 4.

He is a co-founder of the Custard Factory Theatre Company and an ex-MC on the London Comedy circuit.

Doors will open at 7.30pm for the performance to begin at 8.15pm.

Tickets cost £10 and the club is very grateful to the Welsh Arts Council for support for this event via their Night Out scheme.

It is strongly advised to get your tickets in advance from Pencerdd Music (029 2070 9982) or Griffin Books (029 2070 6455). Bar facilities are available.

For further information visit the club’s website at