About

Brock McGuire BandBROCK 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: Dublin based Garry O’Meara, a brilliant banjo, mandolin player & vocalist; 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, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

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.

Where we’ve played

Appearances by Brock McGuire Band include:

  • Grand Ole Opry
    • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Chicago Cultural Center
    • Illinois
  • Return to Camden Town Festival
    • London
  • Celtic Colours
    • Cape Breton
  • Irish Fest
    • Milwaukee
  • North Texas Irish Festival
    • Dallas
  • World Music Fest
    • Chicago
  • Dublin Irish Festival
    • Dublin, Ohio
  • Celtic Connections
    • Glasgow
  • Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
    • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Southern Illinois University
    • Carbondale, Illinois
  • Middle Tennessee State University
    • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Station Inn
    • Nashville
  • Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
    • University of Southern Alabama
  • Cactus Café
    • University of Texas, Austin
  • High Noon Saloon
    • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Paul & Sheila Wellstone Center
    • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • National Concert Hall
    • Bogota, Colombia, South America
  • Shetland Folk Festival

What people are saying

“The members of the Brock McGuire Band represent the highest accomplishment in the world of Irish Traditional and related musics. Courtly, knowledgeable, articulate, sophisticated, endlessly virtuosic, drawing on deep roots in the tradition and able to present a wide range of music to a wide range of audiences, they are the perfect guest artist for concert, festival or college settings. It’s been our privilege to host them through the Vernacular Music Center and we certainly hope to do so again.”

Dr. Christopher J Smith
Associate Professor & Chair of Musicology
Director, Vernacular Music Center
Texas Tech University

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“The genuine warmth of each member of the Brock McGuire Band, both on and off the stage, makes their concert a one-of-a-kind experience for all. The joy that radiates from the band during every piece makes one’s spirit soar.”

Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD
Director
William J Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
Houston, Texas

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“Traditional Irish Band of the Decade”

Irish American News

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“The Brock McGuire Band was stunning, spreading their magic blend of virtuosity and old style traditional charm across the stage and into our hearts. Not only was their performance outstanding as always, but their selection of material was delightfully novel, including a refreshing mix of beautiful vintage tunes, original compositions and familiar favourites that showcased their considerable talents in just the perfect light”

Gordon McLeod
Southwest Celtic Music Association
Dallas, Texas

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“And so to the Brock McGuire Band from Ireland. I could say wonderful, fantastic, brilliant, scintillating and much more but the plain fact is that I have no superlatives in my store of words that can do them justice. As someone who has been at concerts in every Shetland folk festival from the start I can only say that this was, for me, the best ever”

Lawrence Tullock
Shetland Times

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“Brock McGuire Band’s performance at Celtic Connections features contrasts, individuality and the collective energy and musicality that make this a heavyweight band on the Irish scene”

Rob Adams
The Herald
Glasgow