The Maguire Band on The Ray D’Arcy Show
The Maguire Band appeared on The Ray D’Arcy Show on Saturday 21 May, 2016 and here’s the proof! We had an absolute ball and got to experience the excitement of performing live on Saturday night primetime television. Seán stole the show as usual, both with his playing and his interview with Ray…little legend! The first tune in our set is a jig called Na Cailíní (The Girls) written by Aoife, our concertina player, when she was 13 years old. The two reels that follow are The Mason’s Apron and The Maids of Castlebar, two very popular tunes.
One of Seán’s famous Bodhrán Solos
Recorded in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre in Jan 2016 when we played the support slot at Sharon Shannon’s concert. Wait for the crowd reaction at the end. He’s only 10 by the way!
The Maguire Band at The Long Dock
Here’s a couple of tunes recorded in The Long Dock in Carrigaholt, Co. Clare at the Oyster & Trad Music Festival in May 2016. This is our favourite pub to play in – always a great atmosphere and the food is to die for!
“Na Cailíní” performed at the Leinster Fleadh
Na Cailíní is a jig written by Aoife, with a little help from Seán, and it’s performed here on the gig rig at the Leinster Fleadh 2015 in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Whelans, Dublin – June 2015
A set of lively reels from a performance at one of Ireland’s top live music venues, Whelans in Dublin.
Wicklow Arts Festival 2015
Here’s a short clip of our performance at the Wicklow Arts Festival in May 2015 in the Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town. This piece features Aoife on the uilleann pipes playing a reel called Father Kelly’s accompanied by the rest of the band.
Seán’s Bodhrán Solo & Set Of Reels
This clip was recorded in the Cultúrlann (Comhaltas HQ) in Monkstown, Co. Dublin and starts off with a bodhrán solo from Seán, which has become a feature of the band’s performances. The reels that follow are The Mason’s Apron, The Road To Errogie, Frank’s Reel and The Humours of Tulla.
This set of jigs was recorded in the Mermaid Theatre in Bray, Co. Wicklow. The first tune is a very popular session tune called Seamus Ward’s Jig (also called Jim Ward’s Jig), followed by a great tune written by Joanie Madden called The Cat’s Meow (a relatively new tune and very popular with young musicians), and the last tune is called The Spotted Dog and it was written by fiddle player John McEvoy.
The Mushroom & The Charleston Reel
Aoife wrote the first tune in this set, a hornpipe called the Mushroom. She won first place in the Newly Composed Tunes competition in the Wicklow Fleadh in 2014 with it when she was 12 years old, beating her older sister and her Dad…and, of course, she enjoys the bragging rights she earned with that win! The second tune is a lively reel called The Charleston Reel.
Three Original Jigs
Here are three jigs we wrote ourselves called The Seagulls’ Blessing, Stuck In The Bog and An Tigín (The Cottage). These tunes were written while the band was on a creative break in a thatched cottage in Connemara in June 2014 and we had great fun practicing the new tunes while busking on Shop Street in Galway in the evenings…bliss!
“Reel Beatrice” by Emma and Sean
This little clip was recorded for All-Ireland bodhrán champion Robbie Walsh, who is Seán’s teacher, for The Bodhrán Buzz which is a fantastic initiative by Robbie to bring top class bodhrán tuition to players of all abilities. Check out the Buzz on Facebook.
“The Moving Cloud”
This is a reel called The Moving Cloud, played at a gig in The Old Forge in Wicklow Town – a great live music venue.