The Brock McGuire Band plays Northeast State Oct. 8

The Brock McGuire Band returns to Northeast State for an evening of unmatched instrumental music that has made them one of the most beloved and respected bands in Ireland and across the pond.

This Irish traditionalist quartet will play a one-night only show on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Northeast State Auditorium (A202) at the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

In May 1989, Paul Brock co-founded the group Moving Cloud with Manus 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.

(from left) Garry O'Meara, Manus McGuire, and Paul Brock performing at Northeast State in 2014.
(from left) Garry O’Meara, Manus McGuire, and Paul Brock performing at Northeast State in 2014.

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. McGuire 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.

Named the “Instrumental Band of the Decade” by the Irish American News, the band’s repertoire runs wide and deep. Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the Brock McGuire Band in concert. 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.

The Brock McGuire Band
The Brock McGuire Band

A multiple All-Ireland champion born in Athlone, County Westmeath, 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 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.

Sponsored by Northeast State’s Cultural Activities Committee, the show is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu.

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