photo by Michael Newsted   

photo by Michael Newsted
 

"...theatrical, dynamic and at times touchingly intimate. There was a seamless dialogue between Gareiss, who told stories with his pattering sand-shuffling feet, and Gilchrist’s glittering harp in The Sand Hunter. And when Gilchrist stepped away from her harp to waltz with Gareiss in the poignant Mountain Bird, the air crackled with enchantment."
- Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman

 

Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Summit in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies', finally making their duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic's footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet sure to delight both the ears and the eyes.