The Brock McGuire Band at the RCPA Nov. 4

Let the melodies carry you to the glens and hills of the Emerald Isle when the superb Brock McGuire Band performs at Northeast State on Nov.4.

This Irish traditionalist quartet of musicians plays Northeast State on Nov. 4 at 130 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the College’s Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville.  Both shows are free and open to the public.

Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the Brock McGuire Band in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. The band’s repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

In May 1989, Brock co-founded the group Moving Cloud with McGuire. This County Clare-based band produced two albums for Green Linnet Records, including their 1994 self-titled release that was selected by U.S. music critic Earle Hitchner as the best Irish traditional album of that year. Paul’s CD collaboration Humdinger with Enda Scahill was voted “Irish Music Album of the Year” by the Irish Times and “Instrumental Album of the Year” by the Irish American News.

The Brock McGuire Band
The Brock McGuire Band

Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Brock and fiddler McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work with Moving Cloud. Manus is also a founding member of Buttons & Bows, and both bands, ranking among Ireland’s finest, have helped to introduce international audiences to the virtuosity of their playing.

A multiple All-Ireland champion born in Athlone, County Westmeath, and now residing in Ennis, County Clare, Brock pursued a solo career through the 60’s and 70’s by mastering the single-row, two-row, three-row, and five-row button accordions. His illustrated lecture “Irish Traditional Music in America – The Golden Era” has been widely acclaimed.

Born in Tullamore, County Offaly, raised in Sligo Town, and residing in Scarriff, East Clare, McGuire is an Irish fiddler who blends dazzling technique with faultlessly far-ranging taste. He has recorded ten albums, including three with Buttons and Bows, two with Moving Cloud, and two solo albums: Saffron and Blue (Green Linnet) and Fiddlewings (Shelly River Music).

Performing with the band are Garry O’Meara, a brilliant banjo, mandolin player & vocalist; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger. The Brock McGuire Band’s latest CD Green Grass Blue Grass, the collaboration with 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs, is now available from Compass Records.

Sponsored by Northeast State’s Cultural Activities Committee, the show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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