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Brock McGuire Band thrills large crowds at Motlow College

October 2, 2013

The Brock McGuire Band lived up to its pre-show billing as one of the world's premier Irish folk bands during three recent concerts at Motlow College's Moore County and Smyrna campuses.

The Brock McGuire Band recently brought its internationally acclaimed Irish folk music sound to Motlow College. The band, from left: Garry O'Meara, Manus McGuire, Paul Brock and Denis Carey, played one show at Motlow's Smyrna Center and two shows at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus.
The quartet of seasoned, professional musicians wove instrumental Irish folk tunes, casual conversation about the history and origins of the genre, and questions and comments from the crowd into relaxed, well-received programs. A crowd of over 220 in Smyrna and almost 500 in Moore County enjoyed the performances.

"The variety of the music and the Irish culture is tremendous," said Joe and Barbara Anderson from Tullahoma. "As soon as we read about this band coming to Motlow we knew we wanted to come and see them."

"It is so nice to have this type of entertainment without having to go to Nashville or somewhere," added Barbara Snyder, also from Tullahoma. "The singing and playing was absolutely wonderful."

Led by two of Ireland's most celebrated traditional musicians, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock of Ennis, County Clare, and fiddler Manus McGuire of Scariff; the band's style incorporates traditional Irish music with elements from bluegrass, American old timey, French Canadian and Celtic traditions. Other band members are Garry O'Meara on banjo, mandolin and vocals, and Denis Carey, a pianist, composer and arranger.

Brock was the primary spokesman for the group, often explaining how particular songs originated and which part of the country they came from. Each band member spoke about how they got into the music industry, where they are from and what music means to them as individuals.

The programs were sponsored by the International Education program at Motlow College.