“Brilliant” – Niall O’Dowd, Founder of IrishCentral
It’s hard to believe that three kids, aged just 17, 15 and 11, can already have clocked up over 25 years of musical development between them. Throw into the mix the fact that these young traditional Irish musicians are also classically trained and your interest is piqued. Finally, add a passion and flair for the nuances of traditional Irish music that only comes with years of immersion in their culture. The result is the pulsating music produced by The Maguires that will quickly draw you in and have your foot tapping.
Their magical journey started when Emma (17) came to her Dad, Philip, with a tin whistle in her hand, at just 4 years of age, and asked her Dad to teach her. The dream had started. Aoife (15) and Sean (11) followed suit when they reached 6 years of age respectively and very soon the family was sitting down playing music together on a daily basis. All three kids, and their Dad, play 5 instruments and their range includes fiddle, concertina, uilleann pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán, piano and guitar. Their first stage performance was in March 2014 to a packed concert theatre of 200 people in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Now, three years later, the band has performed at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of Ireland, 18 counties so far. They will make their US debut in the summer of 2017 with performances in Montana, Milwaukee, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Connecticut.
The band’s repertoire includes a mix of traditional favourites and modern tunes with syncopated, infectious rhythms, all delivered with a blend of youthful energy and musical maturity. The band has played live on The Ray D’Arcy Show, a primetime Saturday night national TV show, to an estimated audience of half a million viewers. They launched their debut album, Little Giants and Other Oxymorons, in December 2016 and one of the album tracks has already been picked up by Tourism Ireland and used as the soundtrack on a promotional video about Ireland and its musical heritage. Six of the eleven tracks on the album were composed by the band themselves. A video from the album launch featuring a bodhrán solo from 11-year old Seán and a set of reels from the group has had more than one million views online. The band has a strong fan base with over 30k followers on Facebook from around the globe.
Bill Margeson of Live Ireland Radio says “They are good. By that, we don’t mean “good” in the sense of cute or fun in a family way. We mean good. This is really good, honest to God trad music played beautifully.”