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Paul Brock Band at Northeast State Community College

Contributed To The Press • Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 7:41 AM

Dance a jig and get your Irish on when the Paul Brock Band performs at Northeast State Community College bringing an evening of unmatched traditional folk music.

This internationally popular Irish folk band travels from Ireland to share Celtic, Irish and Global music and dance on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

Button accordionist and melodeonist, Brock is one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and has been at the forefront of Irish music for many years. He gets splendid support by bandmates Shane Ferrell on banjo, Denis Carey on piano and Dave Curley on guitar and vocals.

A multiple All-Ireland accordion champion born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Brock pursued a solo career through the ’60s and ’70s by mastering the single-row, two-row, three-row and five-row button accordions. His illustrated lecture, “Irish Traditional Music in America — The Golden Era” has been widely acclaimed.

As a soloist, Brock has toured extensively throughout the world. He has performed with leading musicians and has been a special guest artist on a number of occasions with the beloved Irish band The Chieftains. His list of awards and accomplishments are many.

Brock previously performed at Northeast State as a part of the renowned Brock McGuire Band which he co-founded with Manus McGuire. They produced many well-received albums including Green Grass Blue Grass, a collaboration with Grammy-winning musician Ricky Scaggs that celebrated the deep historical connection between Appalachian and Irish music.

The band will also perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in the auditorium. The performance is open to students, faculty and the public.

The concert is sponsored by Northeast State’s International Education Committee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu or email internationaled@northeaststate.edu.

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