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Manus McGuire and Emily Flack.
(Recital of Sligo fiddle music & song/ dance from Ireland and Canada)
Manus McGuire from Sligo in the north west of Ireland comes from a strong musical family and from a region that is rich in the Irish fiddle music tradition having exported the likes of Michael Coleman and James Morrison to America in the early 1900’s.
He won various awards for fiddle music at national level before foraging a burgeoning international career performing with the groups, “Buttons and Bows”, “MovingCloud”and “Brock McGuire Band” each of which he co-founded. Twelve CD recordings followed, gaining various ” instrumental band of the year” awards and at a personal level Manus was awarded “male traditional musician of the year” in the U.S. by Irish American News magazine in Chicago
Emily Flack from Dorchester, Ontario, likewise comes from a family steeped in the music tradition, this time the music of Cape Breton and Ontario. Her mother is Denise Leahy of the famed “Leahy” family from Lakefield, Ontario, who are a true powerhouse in the world of Canadian folk music. She is a champion step dancer, pianist and singer/ song writer at the highest level and currently is undertaking a BA in “Traditional Irish Song” at the university of Limerick, Ireland. Emily has performed at festivals and venues across North America and has also been a guest artist with Leahy, Shane Cook and Natalie MacMaster. Nowadays she is concentrating on writing her own music and songs and is currently recording a new album as follow up to her EP ” Feels like Me”.