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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Renowned Irish Quartet to Perform Oct. 10

The Brock McGuire Band, an Irish quartet fronted by two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditionalist musicians, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in UALR’s Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.

Admission is $10 for the general public. UALR students, staff, and faculty are admitted free with a campus ID. Call 501-569-8993 to reserve tickets, or purchase online from the Department of Music.

Students, faculty and staff may pick up tickets in the music office beginning Monday, Oct. 1.

Prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance, band members will present a talk on the history of Irish music in the United States at 4 p.m. at the concert hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Button accordionist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire hail from County Clare and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years. They were founding members of Moving Cloud, established in Denmark in the late 1980s, when traditional Irish music took hold in Scandinavia among the Irish ex-patriot community.

McGuire also was a founding member of Buttons & Bows. 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: Dublin-based Garry O’Meara, a banjo, mandolin player, and vocalist; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer, and arranger from Newport, County Tipperary.

Brock McGuire Band’s new CD collaboration, “Green Grass Blue Grass,” with 14–time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs, has been hailed as “a masterpiece” by American Music critic Bill Margeson.