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Little Giants and Other Oxymorons

by The Maguires

Lively Irish Traditional Music arranged with pleasant harmonies and counter-melodies, and played with a rare blend of youthful energy and musical maturity
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fergal O'Gara's / the Hunter's House / Speed the Plough
3:39 $0.99
2. Na Cailíní
2:12 $0.99
3. O'Carolan's Draught
2:55 $0.99
4. The Moving Cloud / the Maids of Castlebar / the Boys of Malin
3:54 $0.99
5. The Flattened E Flat
3:24 $0.99
6. Tico Tico
3:35 $0.99
7. The Mushroom / Furbo's Friend
3:05 $0.99
8. Wifi in the Dark
3:29 $0.99
9. 45 Nightmares
2:29 $0.99
10. The Seagulls' Blessing / Stuck in the Bog / an Tigín
4:08 $0.99
11. The Mason's Apron / the Humours of Tulla / the Reconciliation Reel
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Album Notes
It's hard to believe that three kids, aged just 16, 14 and 11, can already have clocked up 25 years of musical development between them. Throw into the mix the fact that these young Irish traditional musicians are also classically trained and your interest is piqued. Finally, add a flair for composition and arrangement, two and a half years' work, and the result is LITTLE GIANTS AND OTHER OXYMORONS, the debut album from THE MAGUIRES. The band made the trek from their native Wicklow to Killarney to record the album with Tony O'Flaherty in Sonas Recording, following in the footsteps of Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, We Banjo 3, FullSet, Breaking Trad, John Spillane, and Seamus Begley among others to have recorded there. Tony has captured perfectly 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. Six of the eleven tracks on the album were composed by the band themselves.

The Maguires have been playing together as a band for three years and are regular performers at festivals and concerts throughout Ireland. In May 2016, they played live on The Ray D'Arcy Show 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 Dad, Philip (guitar). Emma and Aoife are the main composers, with occasional help from Philip. Most of the arrangements are done by Emma (16), assisted by Aoife (14) and Philip, and Seán (11) adds a little sprinkle of fairy dust with his driving rhythm on the bodhrán.

Of the unusual album title, Philip Maguire says: "LITTLE GIANTS AND OTHER OXYMORONS is a strange title for an album, so a little explanation might diffuse the bewilderment. The Maguires have been playing together as a band for over 3 years at the time of recording this album and we have gigged all over Ireland. The Maguire kids never fail to wow our audiences with their music, but what our audiences don't generally know is that much of the music we play was written by the kids and all of it was arranged by them. Even though I have seen them develop as musicians and composers over the years and I get to enjoy their music on a daily basis, they never cease to amaze me with their musicality, creativity and versatility. So, while they are still little people (Emma was 16, Aoife was 14 and Seán was 11 when the album was recorded), they are very much musical giants to us lesser musical mortals. Hence, the term 'Little Giants'. And, of course. Little Giants is an oxymoron (a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction). Irish people use oxymorons regularly in everyday speech and it always amuses me, so I thought I'd give the tracks oxymoron titles (the tune titles are also included). Some of them are particularly Irish. 'Go ahead back', for example, was a term used commonly in the 1970s and 1980s by parking attendants, invariably wearing peak caps, in Dublin city when they were assisting drivers to reverse into parking spaces."

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.



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