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Seán McGuire, 1927–2005

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Larry Redican ; unidentified ; unidentified ; unidentified ; Seán McGuire ; Louis Quinn / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1957. Image courtesy Sean Quinn

Larry Redican Jnr.’s memoir of his father also tells of a night when Belfast fiddle great Seán McGuire wowed the crowd in their Park Slope, Brooklyn living room with an energetic solo performance. McGuire, perhaps the only fiddler back in Ireland who really impressed Lad O’Beirne’s circle, made several visits to New York City and we are fortunate that some of his playing from those trips has been preserved among the many reel-to-reel tapes donated to ITMA by the families of Louis Quinn and Charlie Mulvihill.

Now playing: The flax in bloom, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle
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  1. The flax in bloom, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle

    The flax in bloom, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle

  2. The maids of Castlebar, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The maids of Castlebar, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  3. Roaring Mary, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle

    Roaring Mary, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle

  4. The Laird of Drumblair [comp. James Scott Skinner], strathspey ; Seán McGuire's reel [comp. Bert Murray] / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The Laird of Drumblair [comp. James Scott Skinner], strathspey ; Seán McGuire's reel [comp. Bert Murray] / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  5. The mathematician [comp. James Scott Skinner], hornpipe / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The mathematician [comp. James Scott Skinner], hornpipe / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  6. The bonnie lass of Bon Accord [comp. James Scott Skinner], march / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The bonnie lass of Bon Accord [comp. James Scott Skinner], march / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  7. The international reel ; The skylark, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The international reel ; The skylark, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    "The International reel may have been a Sean McGuire original as it was not recorded or included in printed collections before he recorded it." - Don Meade

  8. The boys of the lough, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The boys of the lough, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  9. The mason's apron, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The mason's apron, reel / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

  10. The beeswing [comp. James Hill], hornpipe / Seán McGuire, fiddle

    The beeswing [comp. James Hill], hornpipe / Seán McGuire, fiddle

  11. The banks, hornpipe / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

    The banks, hornpipe / Seán McGuire, fiddle ; James Lad O'Beirne, piano

Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer
Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer
Sean Quinn, fiddle ; Seán McGuire, fiddle / Unidentified photographer. New York, 1956. Image courtesy Sean Quinn
 
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Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer

Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer

Sean Quinn and Seán McGuire / Unidentified photographer

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