Internationally acclaimed Irish folk band to perform at Jackson State

Irish folk group Brock McGuire Band will return to Jackson State Community College on Oct. 13 for a free concert open to the public. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. in Ayers Auditorium.

The internationally recognized band first played on campus last September during Jackson State’s International Week. Because the performance appealed strongly to students and staff, Brock McGuire Band played there again in April during its spring U.S. tour.

Prior to the upcoming concert, the band will conduct two master classes for students in music appreciation and humanities. The band did the same before its previous two visits.

“These master classes add so much more depth to the educational experience for our students,” said Mary Wadley, Jackson State professor and International Education sponsor. “They have the opportunity to see and experience different cultures instead of just reading and hearing about them third hand.”

Brock McGuire Band is a multi-award winning folk group led by two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians — button accordionist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire. Band members also include multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley and pianist, composer and arranger Denis Carey.

Accolades for the group include “Instrumental Band of the Decade” from Irish American News and a 5-star “Top of the World” award from the prestigious world music magazine Songlines.

Brock McGuire Band’s fall 2016 U.S. tour includes other stops in Tennessee, as well as Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.

For more information regarding this performance or other opportunities in international education at Jackson State, contact Wadley at 731-424-3520 ext. 50252 or mwadley@jscc.edu.