Guidewires are Ireland's most followed Irish music band selling out venues and headlining the most sought after festivals worldwide.

With two album

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With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and their infectious melodies, its no wonder that this band are being described as "The freshest sound in Irish music".

With four members coming from Ireland and one from Brittany it is inevitable 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 Irish music's most famous concertina player 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 music. Their love and passion of this music has brought them together to create this unique and groundbreaking band "Guidewires".

The bands debut album "Live" was released in Sept '09 and is described by The Irish Times as "A spectacular, multicoloured debut". This album gained the band the best of respect in the world Music scene and catapulted them to the top of a list of popular bands to emerge from Ireland and Brittany.

Guidewires new album entitled "ll" is their second album and a studio recording that was released in April 2011. The band invited some of their friends to guest on the album including Triona Ni Domhnaill (vocals and keyboards). Alain Genty from famous Breton band Gwerz (bass), Erwan Hammon (bombarde) from The Hamon Martin Quintet and the amazing American drummer Mike Shimmin from the band Millish.

Never a band to sit still and always wanting to progress, the most recent vision of Guidewires was to create a fourteen piece line up of some of the most popular musicians from Ireland, Scotland, England and Brittany fusing all these cultural music’s together with jazz, song and poetry. This project was named “Dán”. Check out for more info.

2013 will see the band enter the studio to begin their third album.

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