Seamus McGuire at Seamus Grant Weekend 2015

We are delighted to announce that internationally renowned fiddle player Seamus McGuire will be attending the 2015 Seamus Grant Weekend. Seamus will feature in the Friday night opening ceremony before giving an advanced fiddle workshop on Saturday afternoon. Full details regarding both these event will be released shortly.

About Seamus Mc Guire

Séamus McGuire is recognized as one of Ireland’s most versatile fiddle-players, equally at home in the traditonal band Buttons and Bows as he is in the more classical format of The West Ocean String Quartet.

Born into the musical environment of County Sligo, and now living in Co Donegal, Séamus grew up in a family which fostered a great love of music and especially the art of fiddle-playing.

By the age of sixteen, Séamus had already won the prestigious “Fiddler of Dooney” competition, and was already recognised as one of the country’s finest young players. A few years later, his interest in classical violin playing lead him to join the Dublin Symphony Orchestra.

He is well known for his recordings and outstanding performances with the influential band Buttons and Bows which he formed with his brother Manus, the accordion-player Jackie Daly, and mando-cellist Garry O’Briain. The group has recently released (July 2015) their fourth album, The Return of Spring, to critical acclaim.

His recording, “The Missing Reel” – with Leitrim flute-player John Lee – explored the forgotten tunes of County Leitrim and the manuscripts of Stephen Grier and Alex Sutherland. “The Wishing Tree”, Seamus’ solo album was named by The Irish Times as one of the top five traditional recordings in Ireland in 1995.

The West Ocean String quartet which Séamus founded with Belfast cellist, Neil Martin, won “Trad Album of the Year” in 2014  (The Irish Times), and performed at The Royal Albert Hall, London, at “Ceiliuradh”, a celebration of President Michael D Higgins’ historic visit to the UK in 2014.

Leading Historians To Speak at 2014 Seamus Grant Weekend

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The Seamus Grant Weekend in conjunction with Clonmany Genealogy are happy to announce that esteemed historians Dr Brian Lambkin and Dr Patrick Fitzgerald will be speaking at this years weekend.

Full details of this and other heritage events will be coming next week.


Fiddle Workshop with Liz Doherty

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We are honored to have Liz Doherty giving an advanced fiddle work shop at the 2014 Seamus Grant Weekend. Liz is one of the country’s most distinguished fiddle players, playing in groups including Nomos, The Bumble Bess and recording multiple solo albums. On top of this Liz also holds a Phd (her thesis was on the traditional music of Cape Breton) and has taught in University College Cork and the University of Ulster.

Liz was brought up in Buncrana where she learned from Dinny McLaughlin(White Hara). She also has strong roots in Clonmany and would have played with Seamus Grant in the past, sharing his affinity for Scottish and Canadian fiddle music.

Full details of the workshop will be available in the next few week when get our final program out.

Here’s  a great video of Liz playing a few tunes unaccompanied:

Liz playing with her fiddle ensemble Fiddlesticks at the Gradam Ceoil:

Liz’s first solo album Last Orders:


Traditional step dancing Workshop with Joe McGuigan

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The Seamus Grant Weekend is delighted to confirm that traditional step dancer Joe McGuigan will be teaching a workshop at this years weekend.

Joe is an excellent dancer and teacher with a great knowledge and appreciation of the old traditional step dances, making this a great opportunity for dancers of all levels to learn something new.

We will release the full program of events, with specific times and details in the next few weeks.

Here’s a video of Joe in full flight at the monthly music session at the Glendowen Craft Shop:

Here is a video of Joe dancing at a workshop he gave in Clonmany a few years ago during the Seamus Grant day of the Clonmany festival (precursor to the Seamus Grant Weekend):

Here Joe is dancing at the Oireachtas:


2014 Weekend Announced!

The Seamus Grant Weekend will take place once more this year on the first weekend of October. The weekend will begin on Friday 3rd October and finish on Sunday 5th.

We hope to build on the success of the previous two weekend, celebrating local music and heritage, while having a great few days craic in the process!

More details will be announced shortly so check back for any updates.

See you in October!