Nollaig Ni Chathasaigh (also known as Nollaig Casey) graduated from University College Cork with a B.Mus. degree at the age of nineteen. She started her career with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra where she remained for five years. She began performing live with the band Planxty in 1980, touring with them throughout Europe and appearing on their final album, 1983’s Words & Music. Casey has also recorded and toured with Moving Hearts, Liam O’Flynn, Frances Black, The Clancy Brothers and Elvis Costello.
She played the violin on Kate’s recording of the song Mna Na h-Eireann.
More recently she has performed as a soloist with the phenomenally successful ‘Riverdance’, as well as featuring in Shaun Davey’s ‘Granuaile’ and ‘May We Never Have To Say Goodbye’, which was the theme song of the Special Olympic World Games 2003 which was hosted by Ireland.
She also performs frequently with her husband guitarist Arty McGlynn, her sister harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman.