Cross Cultural Music, Song & Dance on the banks of the Bann.


“From Ireland to the Middle East with a whistle stop towards Breton, ‘Guidewires’ sound like a modern day Bothy Band.”- The Scotsman, Jan 2010

With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and infectious melodies, it’s no wonder that this band are being described as “The freshest sound in Irish music”.
With four members of the band coming from Ireland and one from Brittany it is inevitable that their mix of music is not just Irish but also Breton, Middle Eastern, Galician and newly composed.
‘Guidewires’ have an all-star line up with one of Irish music’s most famous concertina player’s, Pádraig Rynne; Breton music’s hottest name, Sylvain Barou on flute; one of Ireland’s most recognisable names, Tóla Custy on fiddle; top producer and performer, Paul McSherry on guitar and one of the fastest growing stars in Irish music, Karol Lynch on bouzouki.
All members have had renowned fame individually within their music. Their love and passion of this music has brought them together to create this unique and groundbreaking band “Guidewires”. The band’s debut album "Live" was released in Sept '09 and is described by The Irish Times as "A spectacular, multicoloured debut". It was one of the best selling albums in 2009.
April sees the release of the band’s new album entitled “ll” (2). This album has really taken their music to another level with amazing playing, arrangements and material chosen. Guests on the album include Triona Ni Domhnaill of the ‘Bothy Band’ fame on vocals and keyboards; Breton’s most famous bass player – Alain Genty (Gwerz); American drummer Mike Shimmin (Millish) and Erwan Hamon (Skeduz) on Bombarde. The album blends Irish, Breton and world music together creatively and with imagination as only ‘Guidewires’ can.
This top class concert at Gig’n the Bann is launching the ‘Guidewires’ new album and will give you a chance to hear their new material from it as well as some of the classics from their “live” album.

A show not to be missed and one that will have you talking for weeks to come!

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