Outside Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
Manus McGuire is an Irish fiddle player who has for many years been involved in performing, recording, teaching and in more recent times, composition. Originally from Sligo and now resident in East Clare. He grew up in a rich musical environment in the North West of Ireland and together with his brother Seamus. He was ideally placed to carry on a fiddle tradition made legend by Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Lad O’Beirne.
As a recording artist, he has recorded solo fiddle albums, duo fiddle albums with his brother Seamus, and a number of CDs with bands Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, and Brock McGuire Band.
He is honoured to have won a number of prestigious fiddle awards such as the 2006 Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year in the U.S. by the Irish American News in Chicago. As well as performing with ‘Buttons and Bows’ and with Canadian singer/song-writer Emily Flack, these days he is very involved in teaching fiddle both at intermediate and advanced levels.
- In 2006, he was Voted Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year in the U.S. by the Irish American News in Chicago.
- He received the Bravo Award from Trad Magazine (France) in 2007.
- He won the prestigious national Fiddle contest, Fiddler of Dooney in his native Sligo in 1970.