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East West Fiddles – November 25 Concert

Saturday, November 25, 8pm

Lecture Hall | Burren College of Art


Manus McGuire

Mareka Naito

Garry O’Briain

Admission €15

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Manus McGuire, Mareka Naito & Garry O’Briain

Manus McGuire joins forces with Japanese fiddle virtuoso Mareka Naito and erstwhile Buttons & Bows guitarist, Garry O’Briain  for a series of concerts to showcase the passion and joy that is still possible to experience in this complex world.


Manus McGuire, renowned fiddle player, was born in Tullamore, grew up in Sligo and is now resident in East Clare. His musical gift became widely recognised at a young age when he won the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney, Irish national fiddle competition, at age 14.  Since then he has gone on to record fifteen albums, with Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, Brock McGuire Band and Full Tilt, as well as three solo fiddle recordings. McGuire is honoured to have been voted “Male Irish Traditional Musician of the Year in the U.S.” in 2006 by the Irish American News in Chicago.

Mareka Naito started playing classical violin at age 3 and won numerous  competitions such as the Japan Classical Music competition and Velsus International Junior Competition (Italy). She first discovered Irish traditional music in 2007 and began her journey of learning to play Irish fiddle.  She is also  proficient in harp and concertina. She tours regularly and has recorded with Japanese virtuoso guitarist, Junji Shirota.

Garry O’Briain is one of the most sought after and distinguished accompanists in Irish traditional music. His distinctive style on mandocello and guitar is so  recognisable and reflects his remarkable skill and ease in wide musical genres. He has been a member of landmark Irish music ensembles including Skylark, Buttons and Bows and Boys of the Lough. His list of recording projects as a session player is extensive. He has written music for stage, film and television.