‘He has become a musical guru for many Irish people in New York and I think he has something to do with so many of us living in Sunnyside! But it really has been so inspiring for me living here. It’s a great feeling for me to be around young musicians and songwriters like Paul Byrom, Donie Carroll, Sean Henshaw, Cillian Vallely. Mickey Coleman plays a lot in Sunnyside too. I studied the world renowned piper Paddy Keenan when I was in college and now he regularly performs in Murphy’s Bar right here in my neighbourhood.
Each week I am more and more pleasantly surprised by what Sunnyside has to offer. I just have to walk down the street to meet some fantastically talented people or else just go down the street to Murphy’s Bar to hear them play. I think there’s something special going on here and I’m delighted to be a part of it. I feel so creatively inspired and I get this rare feeling of being in the right place at the right time’.
Maguire’s musical roots still belong to the country scene however, and the gifted singer has signed on to record another album in Nashville which is being produced by her long-time mentor and friend ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement. Clement is a legendary name on the Nashville scene, having previously wrote and produced songs for musical giants like U2, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis to name but a few.
‘Jack has been a fantastic friend and teacher to me. I feel blessed and honoured to have had him take me on as a young, fledgling singer/songwriter allowing me to meet some fantastic people and do things like sit in on recordings with Johnny Cash. He has taught me so much and I am very excited about the possibilities of this new album and the direction we have taken with it’.
The launch of ‘Ireland in Song’ commences with a ‘hospitality hour’ at 7.30pm at the New York Irish Center on Jackson Avenue on August 9th. The show starts at 8.30pm. Admission is $22 with a discount to seniors, students and the unemployed at $11. Tickets are available by contacting the New York Irish Center at 718-482-0909 or by visiting newyorkirishcenter.org.