Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Irish Band Performs at Vol State

Brock McGuire Band(left to right) Garry O'Meara, Manus McGuire, Paul Brock, and Denis Carey
Vol State went a little Irish yesterday when Brock McGuire, a traditional Irish Band visited our campus from Ireland. The group performed a showcase allowing the audience to experience mostly Irish Music but a touch of Bluegrass. The workshop was sponsored by the Vol State International Education program.

The group has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and has even recorded music in neighboring Hendersonville, allowing them to work with local Grammy Award winner, Ricky Skaggs. 
Garry O'Meara, started playing music at age 9.

Brock McGuire performed traditional Irish music with a Bluegrass and Celtic Sound         
I loved how the group combined bluegrass music with their traditional Irish Sound. It made me feel as if I was in an Irish Pub in Dublin.The band allowed time in between sets for audience members to ask questions from origination of their music to tips on strumming the banjo.

Accordian Player Paul Brock answers questions from Music professor, James Story.

Garry O'Meara demonstrates hand movement when playing banjo.

After the performance, audience members could purchase music of the band and receive autographs.

 If you were unable to attend yesterday's showcase click on the video below to hear the sound of Brock McGuire.


You can log on to their website to learn more about the band  as well as find links to hear more of their music.


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