Manus McGuire & Mareka Naito
Manus McGuire joins forces with Japanese fiddle virtuoso Mareka Naito for a series of concerts to showcase the passion and joy that is still possible to experience in this complex world.
Manus McGuire, renowned fiddle player, was born in Tullamore, grew up in Sligo and is now resident in East Clare. His musical gift became widely recognised at a young age when he won the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney, Irish national fiddle competition, at age 14. Since then he has gone on to record fifteen albums, with Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, Brock McGuire Band and Full Tilt, as well as three solo fiddle recordings. McGuire is honoured to have been voted “Male Irish Traditional Musician of the Year in the U.S.” in 2006 by the Irish American News in Chicago.
Mareka Naito started playing classical violin at age 3 and won numerous competitions such as the Japan Classical Music competition and Velsus International Junior Competition ( Italy). She first discovered Irish traditional music in 2007 and began her journey of learning to play Irish fiddle. She is also proficient in harp and concertina. She tours regularly and has recorded with Japanese virtuoso guitarist, Junji Shirota.
Out the Gap
Out the Gap is a dynamic, energetic traditional music group steeped in traditional music and strongly influenced by the music of their localities. They bring energy and vibrancy to their performances while remaining true to the tradition. The band has a very strong East Clare influence with Amy and Gearóid McNamara from Tulla on fiddle and piano, Kevin Carey from Sixmilebridge on flute and from Co Cavan, Fergus Bogue on Accordion.
The Blue Light Smugglers
The Blue Light Smugglers started playing together in 2015 in the Blue Light Pub in the Dublin Mountains. The idea was to create a small place where music would be played without amplification – creating the real atmosphere which the acoustic instruments they use were created for. Since then, they have recorded their first album ‘Record’ and have played at festivals and venues all over Ireland. The band are Terence Cosgrave (guitar, vocals), Luke Coffey (banjo, vocals) and Niall Hughes (double bass, vocals). They play country, bluegrass, blues, Americana and cite Gram Parsons, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard as major influences.
Claire Halpin is a 500+ hour certified yoga teacher, specialising in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga. With a passion for all things health and fitness-related, yoga teaching was a natural calling for Claire. Having completed her first 200-hour training in 2017, Claire began teaching and since then she has added a further 300+ hours of yoga teacher training. Claire teaches in various locations and enjoys nothing more than sharing yoga and mindfulness with others, in order to help her students’ progress in their own practice. Claire firmly believes Yoga is for everyone and focuses on a functional style of yoga by combining her teaching experiences, to help people realise first-hand the benefits yoga has to offer.
The Clew Bay Pipe Band
"Representing the Clew Bay Pipe Band from the West of Ireland are three pipers from Westport Co Mayo. The Clew Bay Pipe Band was established in 2012 and has gained a strong reputation in the music scene on a local, national and European stage. Playing with renowned acts such as Imelda May, The Chieftains and Munday to name a few, the band has enjoyed continued successes over the years, with notable appearances on the national television provider RTE, Aviva Stadium and multiple musical festival events in France."
Emily Cullen is the Meskell UL-Fifty Poet in Residence at the University of Limerick. She has published three poetry collections: Conditional Perfect (Doire Press, 2019), In Between Angels and Animals (Arlen House, 2013) and No Vague Utopia (Ainnir Publishing, 2003). Conditional Perfect was included in The Irish Times round-up of ‘the best new poetry of 2019.’ Emily is also an academic, cultural producer and harper who has performed throughout Europe, Australia and the United States, and recorded on a number of albums. She was awarded a fellowship from the Irish Research Council for her scholarship on the Irish harp and gained a PhD in English from NUI Galway in 2008. Emily served as Director of the Patrick Kavanagh Centenary (2004) and Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature (2017-2019).
Lizzie Affolter and John Monaghan
Lizzie Affolter plays the Irish harp for many years and was asked to come to teach it in Ireland in 2010. John Monaghan from Ballinasloe plays fiddle and is a member of Ballinasloe Comhaltas. Both offer an Irish repertoire where harp and fiddle entwine in airs, Carolan’s tunes and other.
Mickie Dunne and Cyril O’Donoghue
Mickie has been playing the Uileann pipes for almost 50 years, his father was a traveller fiddler and Mickie learned his music from him. He now makes pipes and teaches the pipes. Cyril O’Donoghue is a Bouzuki player and a singer from Shannon. Mickie and Cyril have been playing together for many years.
Pat Harrold and Hughie McGrath founded the Tipperary Thrashers as a community-based music collective., Pat is a GP,UL medical school tutor and writer from Tipperary, with a special interest in social prescribing. Hughie is a professional musician who has played with John Prine ,Phillip Donnelly and Paddy Cole. Donnacha O Cuill is a GP in Cork and John Lally is a GP in Galway. They, like Pat, are CME tutors with the Irish College of General Practice. The band has come together to celebrate the combined high spirits of the CME network, the Irish Rural doctors and special place music holds in the grassroots of Irish life .
The Wranglers play a blend of classic acoustic, up-tempo, Irish and American folk and roots songs. Coming from a diverse musical background in the Dublin and Sligo folk scenes, they fuse together many different styles to create a unique high-energy performance. Three part harmonies feature strongly across their set of blues songs, Irish ballads, sea shanties, and country swing tunes, which brings the gritty spirit of folk music to life. Seen live, this band is always remembered for a fun and energetic show.