Séamus McGuire joins the RCC as a June Virtual Artist-in-Residence.

A long-time friend of the RCC, the renowned fiddle player will be joining us virtually for two weeks from Monday, 1st June.

Séamus will be performing a tune a day (Monday to Friday) along with a short accompanying history of that specific piece of music.

So make sure to follow the RCC’s social media channels to see these wonderful performances by Séamus, and the stories behind the tunes, weekdays at midday, from Monday, 1st June.

Born in County Sligo, Séamus grew up in a family which was steeped in music. His parents Paddy and Jo were both accomplished musicians, playing piano and fiddle.

Séamus became well-known among Irish music audiences in the 1980s for his sibling-tight fiddle duet-playing with his brother Manus on their debut album, The Humours of Lissadell.

Séamus and Manus formed the acclaimed traditional group Buttons and Bows with Jackie Daly and Garry O Bríain in 1983. Their recordings to-date include the eponymous Buttons & Bows, The First Month of Summer, Gracenotes and The Return of Spring.

West Ocean String Quartet.

Along with Belfast cellist/composer Neil Martin, Séamus is also a co-founder of the renowned West Ocean String Quartet, founded in 1999.

The quartet fearlessly explores the territory between traditional and classical music and won Traditional Album of the Year in 2014 (The Irish Times), and performed in The Royal Albert Hall, London, for Ceiliúradh, a celebration of President Michael D Higgins’ historic visit to the United Kingdom in 2014.

Another musical collaboration, The Missing Reel with Leitrim flute player John Lee and guitarist Arty McGlynn, is regarded as essential to any collection of Irish traditional music recordings.

In 2018, Séamus and John once again joined forces for the release their album, The Legacy of Stephen Grier, which explores the remarkable unpublished manuscript collection notated by Stephen Grier in Gortletteragh, Co Leitrim in the 1860s.

Séamus’ compositions include Glenveagh Castle (commissioned by Dúchas / The Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht for the Ceol Reoite Millenium project 2000), recorded by The West Ocean String Quartet; The Wishing Tree inspired by the poetry of Seamus Heaney; The Curlew’s Call, a suite commissioned by Ceol na Coille, Donegal; Oyster Island (for the Buttons & Bows album, The Return of Spring); The Vagabond (for the West Ocean String Quartet), and The Chestnut Hill Reel (for the Seamus Connolly digital archive collection of Irish Music, Boston College, USA).