Buttons & Bows concert in Kilfenora

The Kilfenora Trad Fest will stage a special one-off concert on Saturday 29 August 2015, featuring the highly popular Buttons and Bows – an un-missable opportunity to see an internationally-renowned Irish trad act in the intimate setting of Kilfenora’s Community Hall (main street, Kilfenora).

The band was formed in 1983, springing from playing together in sessions in Kinvara. Decades later, the brothers Séamus and Manus McGuire, together with Jackie Daly and Garry O’Briain, are still playing as vibrantly as ever.

This is evidenced by their recently released fourth CD “Return of Spring” – described in the Irish Times as a “treasure trove of trad and contemporary tunes”, and by Chicago Irish American News July 2015 as “instrumental album of the year”. Scroll down to read more about the band.


The concert will begin at 8.00 pm sharp. Tickets are €15, and may be obtained from Kilfenora Post Office and Linnane’s Pub in Kilfenora, or on-line using the pay button below.
Note for online payments – you can use a credit card, you don’t have to join Paypal to use this payment mechanism. Tickets will be reserved in your name at the door.

“When the McGuire brothers pick up their fiddles, the rest is pure bliss; close your eyes and this dreadful world seems bearable. Fiddle and box-playing of the highest order.”
– Cathal Mac Coille, RTE

“The music of Buttons & Bows is a miracle of rapport – a warm and textured blend of fiddles, button accordion and mandocello breathing as one”
– Music in Scotland

Band biographies

Séamus McGuire has been recognised for many years as one of Ireland’s most versatile fiddle-players, equally at home in his traditonal band Buttons and Bows as he is in the more classical format of The West Ocean String Quartet. He has made numerous recordings both with these groups and in his own name.

At sixteen, Séamus  won the prestigious “Fiddler of Dooney” competition, and was already recognised as one of the country’s finest young traditional players. A few years later, he joined the Dublin Symphony Orchestra.

Manus McGuire like his brother was raised in Sligo, and won the “Fiddler of Dooney” competition at age 14. He is well-known for his wonderfully rhythmic fiddle-playing, his “lifting” Sligo style and his remarkable repertoire of fiddle music from Ireland, Shetland, Canada and beyond.

He has made many recordings, including a number as a member of the Ennis-based Brock Maguire band. Manus was voted “Male Musician of the Year” in 2006 by the Irish American News, and has composed and recorded many memorable tunes.

Jackie Daly, from Kanturk, Co. Cork, grew up in the formative music environment of Sliabh Luachra, and has long been recognised as one of Ireland’s foremost accordionists. He has been a central figure in many other influential Irish folk groups, such as De Dannan, Patrick Street, Arcady and Reel Union. He has recorded many CDs including with other noted fiddlers such as Séamus Creagh, Kevin Burke and Matt Cranitch.

In 2005, he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (Irish National Music Award), and in July 2015 he will be artist in residence at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Durham, NY, USA.

Garry O’Briain is one of the most distinguished and sought-after accompanists in Irish traditional music, playing mandocello, guitar and piano, noted for his ease with a wide range of musical genres.

Apart from his solo recordings he has performed and recorded as a member of landmark Irish music ensembles in addition to Buttons and Bows, including Skylark, the Máirtín O’Connor band and the legendary Scottish-Irish band, The Boys of the Lough. He has also helped produce albums for many musicians and groups including The Clancy Brothers, Danu, Máirtín O’Connor, Dordán, and Seamus and Manus McGuire.

For more detail see http://www.buttonsandbowsmusic.ie/