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KASU presents Ireland’s Brock McGuire Band in free Riceland Hall Concert

Brock McGuire Band.

An Irish band known for its collaborations with Nashville musicians will perform as part of Arkansas State University’s free lecture-concert series October 16 at 3 p.m. in Riceland Hall in ASU’s Fowler Center. The Brock McGuire band’s Jonesboro appearance is underwritten by KASU, the on- air and online public media service of A-State, with additional support from Dr. James and Mary Sheridan of Campbell, Mo.; Dr. Troy Bartels, “Dentistry for the Entire Family;” Donn & Kacky Mixon of Jonesboro; and the ASU-Lecture Concert Series.

Named “Traditional Irish Band of the Decade” by the Irish American News, the multi-award winning Brock McGuire Band is fronted by two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians: button accordionist and melodeon player Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire. The band also includes multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley (banjo, mandolin, bodhran, vocals and dance) and acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Denis Carey.

Brock McGuire Band is steeped in the Irish musical tradition yet seamlessly incorporates elements from American old time, bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic-influenced musical strands to create something beautiful, recognizable and entirely unique. This ability is exemplified in the band’s album  “Green Grass Blue Grass,” featuring 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs. The album was named Instrumental   Album of  2012 by the Irish American News and Top of the World album award winner by the UK’s Songland Magazine.

Station Manager Mike Doyle said that KASU 91.9 FM presented the Brock McGuire band in concert at The Forum in downtown Jonesboro in 2010.  “We’re so glad that this exciting band is returning to our region this fall. We want listeners to attend the Brock McGuire band free of charge in Riceland Hall on the Sunday afternoon of ASU’s Homecoming weekend.  In one concert, they might play Dr. O’Neill’s (Irish jig),  Turkey in the Straw (American old-time) and  Wheel Hoss (Bill Monroe). You’ll hear authentic Irish and traditional music performed by world class musicians.”

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Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.