Philip Maguire and his three children Emma, Aoife and Seán live in a house where 'it’s very rare for an hour to pass..without someone playing music'! The Maguires all started playing traditional Irish music at a young age and music became the focus of family life in the Maguire household. As the children’s musical ability developed and their repertoires expanded, the joy of ensemble playing unleashed a whole new range of musical possibilities. Not only was it important to play a tune here and there, it was important to sit down with the rest of the family and arrange tunes into sets of tunes which worked well together and to introduce variations and harmonies into the sets. The Maguire kids are all multi-instrumentalists and with a variety of influences from their various teachers in different instruments, there’s never a shortage of new material to work on. They embrace music across many different genres but trad music always come first. We also hear their Mammy Tracey makes amazing cakes so we hope she makes an appearance too! For more info on their music and upcoming gigs check out their website here.
Dublin singer-songwriter Enda Reilly writes and sings in both Irish and English. He plays acoustic guitar with varied styles and sings his modern folk songs with a full resonant voice. His songs can be heard on national radio regularly and he has had appearances on TG4, BBC2 Northern Ireland and the Franco-German TV network ARTE’s Metropolis show. His third album Amhráin Nua I nGaeilge – New Songs In Irish” which is a collection of his songs and co-writes in the Irish language was released earlier In 2014. This year Enda has composed new pieces for “Everlasting Voices”, “Guthanna Síoraí” in which he performed in Dublin, Belfast and Hyderabad, India. Enda is a winner of the Christie Hennessy Song Competition with “Follow The Water” a co-write with Co. Cork songwriter Christine Deady and has also come second in the Pan-Celtic Song Competition in Co. Carlow. He has represented Ireland at the Nós Úr minority languages event in Inverness, Scotland and his song Dónal Ná Fág sung by Aoife Scott, represented Ireland in Liet, Italy in 2012 for the minority languages song competition there. For more check out Enda's website here.
A big part of the fabric of Wicklow's history, we look forward to hearing the pipe band again as they play well known and loved pieces that will be heard at the St. Patrick's Day parade in the town.
We welcome Seán and friends to the Space Inside for another lively evening of memorable folk songs. Sean has toured extensively with Avoca and CANTON and has had shows in Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and Austria, as well as throughout Ireland. Seán recently released a Christmas album - 'Christmas Songs You Love To Sing' - the proceeds of which went to the Vincent de Paul.