Irish music upcoming at Cumberland

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The world-renowned, award-winning Brock McGuire Band, a traditional Irish band, will hold three events Wednesday on Cumberland University’s campus that will culminate in a concert at 7 p.m. that will be free and open to the public in Memorial Hall’s Baird Chapel.

The band’s most recent album, “Green Grass Blue Grass,” features 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and has been hailed by American music critics as a “masterpiece.” The Brock McGuire Band is described on brockmcguireband.com as a “beacon of passion and precision, integrity and diversity, steeped in the Irish musical tradition that seamlessly incorporates elements from American old time, bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions to create something accessible, recognizable, beautiful, and entirely unique.”

Band members will speak to Cumberland University students about Irish music and culture at the first event of the day. Secondly, they will conduct an Irish music and culture event for the Lebanon and Wilson County community, inviting local musicians to learn about Irish music and play traditional instruments. The final event will be a free concert open to the public.

“This is the Brock McGuire Band’s second visit to Lebanon. Their concert two years ago was well attended and well received – especially the Irish dance that one of the members performed during a couple of songs. Having them back on campus this year is exciting for our campus and the Lebanon community because in addition to the concert, they’re going to present on Irish music and culture at our annual faculty and student research colloquium,” said Eric Cummings, dean of the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts at Cumberland University.

The event on Irish music and culture for local musicians will take place at 11:40 a.m. in Labry Hall room 130 and will be free and open to the public. The concert will be at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s Baird Chapel.

The Tennessee Arts Commission, under a grant contract with the state, will fund the Brock McGuire Band events. The Cumberland University Fine Arts Council will match the state’s funding. The Tennessee Arts Commission’s funding comes from the sale of the specialty license plate with the phrase, “Support arts in your school and community.”

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