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.