Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Brock McGuire Band, September 17

Advance tickets $18, Door $20, 8pm

Brock McGuire Band is fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus 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.

Performing with the Brock McGuire Band are two outstanding musicians: Galway player Enda Scahill, a multiple All-Ireland champion on tenor banjo and a senior All-Ireland champion on mandolin; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger from Newport, County Tipperary.

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, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

Brock McGuire Band's new CD collaboration "GREEN GRASS BLUE GRASS" with 14 -times Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs, has been hailed as "A Masterpiece" by American Music critic Bill Margeson.

"A showcase of tastefulness that combines the highest level of musicianship in Irish music in a seamless collaboration with some of America's finest musicians" Martin Hayes (Musician)

"An electrifying rendering of tunes from different - though related - traditions as they flow from the hearts and fingers of these virtuoso musicians at the very top of their game. A ground - breaking, milestone recording" P.J Curtis (Author, Music Producer)

"When the musicians involved are some of the finest players in their respective worlds, the overall results can be something quite special and extraordinary - as the exuberant music on the is recording certainly is" Paul Wells (Director Emeritus, Centre of Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University)

"This is one of the most unique assemblies of talent that have appeared on an album in recent years. The most unique aspect of it is that the purity of the music is maintained, while at the same time displaying bravery to explore new territories." Bill Whelan (Composer - Riverdance)