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Manus McGuire, Mareka Naito and Garry O’Briain

Renowned violinist Manus McGuire joins forces with Japanese violinist Mareka Naito and former Buttons and Bows gem Garry O’Briain to bring their music to show the passion and joy that is still possible to experience in this complex world.

Manus McGuire grew up in Sligo and now resides in East Clare. His musical gift became widely recognized at a young age when he won the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney, Ireland’s national fiddle competition, aged 14. Since then he has recorded fifteen albums, with Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, Brock McGuire Band. and Full Tilt, as well as three solo violin recordings. McGuire is honored to have been voted “Male Irish Traditional Musician of the Year in the United States” in 2006 by the Irish American News in Chicago.

Mareka Naito started playing the classical violin at the age of 3 and won many competitions such as the Japan Classical Music Competition and the Velsus International Junior Competition (Italy). She first discovered traditional Irish music in 2007 and began her journey by learning to play the Irish fiddle. She also masters the harp and the accordion. She tours regularly and has recorded with Japanese virtuoso guitarist Junji Shirota.

Garry O’Briain is one of the most sought after and distinguished accompanists in traditional Irish music. His distinctive style on mandocello and guitar is so recognizable and reflects his remarkable skill and fluency in a wide range of musical genres. He has been a member of iconic Irish music ensembles including Skylark, Buttons and Bows and Boys of the Lough. His list of recording projects as a session player is long; he has written music for stage, film and television, as well as over a hundred songs.