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The Maguires

The Maguire kids are Emma (16), Aoife (14) and Seán (11) and they have already clocked up 25 years in musical development between them. They are Irish traditional musicians with classical training and, together with their Dad, Philip, they make up The Maguires. They have been playing together as a band since 2013 and are regular performers at festivals and concerts throughout Ireland. In May 2016, they played live on The Ray D'Arcy Show in Ireland to a primetime Saturday night audience of c. half a million viewers. The band's line-up is Emma (fiddle, flute, piano), Aoife (concertina, uilleann pipes), Seán (bodhrán) and Philip (guitar).

Their debut album, Little Giants And Other Oxymorons, is the culmination of over two years work and has 11 tracks, 6 of them composed by the band themselves. Emma and Aoife are the main composers, with occasional help from Philip, and Emma arranges most of the music, with a little help from the rest of the band. The album captures the energy of The Maguires' music, tastefully blending the melodies with harmonies and counter-melodies which define the overall style of the album. The high energy of the jigs and reels is complemented by a selection of slower tunes composed in the traditional idiom and arranged with a classical feel.

The old saying "You can't put an old head on young shoulders" will come under serious scrutiny as you listen to this album. The standard of musicianship, the maturity of the arrangements, the quality of the compositions, and the overall sound of this debut offering from The Maguires will quickly draw you in and you'll find your foot tapping and your head bopping. The band has already built up a substantial fan base with over 20,000 followers on Facebook from all over the world, so keep an eye out for them...they're definitely ones to watch.