Set Dancing :
Manus McGuire is an Irish fiddle player who has for many years been involved in performing, recording, teaching and in more recent times, composition. Originally from Sligo and now resident in East Clare, he grew up in a rich musical environment in the North West of Ireland and together with his brother Seamus, he was ideally placed to carry on a fiddle tradition made legend by Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Lad O’Berne. As a recording artist, he has recorded solo fiddle albums, duo fiddle albums with his brother Seamus, and a number of CDs with bands Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, and Brock McGuire Band. He is honoured to have won a number of prestigious fiddle awards such as the 2006 Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year in the U.S. by the Irish American News in Chicago. As well as performing with ‘Buttons and Bows’ and with Canadian singer/song-writer, Emily Flack, these days he is involved in teaching fiddle both at intermediate and advanced levels. In 2006, he was Voted Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year in the U.S. by the Irish American News in Chicago. He received the Bravo Award from Trad Magazine (France) in 2007. He won the prestigious national Fiddle contest, Fiddler of Dooney in his native Sligo in 1970.
Marie McMahon, who founded Blossom Harp Festival together with Lizzie, will be our set dancing workshop teacher again this year for our 4th Blossom Harp Festival in Tuamgraney. Marie has been teaching for 12 years or more. Last year she thought at two international festivals. The Feakle International Music festival in Co Clare and the Rencontres Internationales de Harpes Celtiques festival in Dinan, France. She has given workshops to people from all corners of the globe and thoroughly enjoys what she does. It’s her specialty to get all levels of dancers to dance together. As she says herself, ‘everyone can dance to varying degrees, as long as your enjoying yourself your dancing’! Join her at 7.30pm just before our ceili on Friday 12th April where you can learn the steps or a new set. All levels as well as beginners welcome. And on beginners workshop on Saturday!