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Lyra Celtica, with existing members Mark Canning & Frank McGuire have now been joined by Jim Divers and Sean ORourke, 2 original and founding members of the JSD Band to form their new band LYRA.

The JSD Band became Scotland's most successful folk-rock act ever, selling thousands of albums worldwide with EMI Records, touring Britain, Europe and the USA doing concerts, TV and radio with the likes of David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars, and sharing bills with acts such as Status Quo, Sly and the Family Stone, Lindisfarne, Lou Reed, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and The Average White Band. The late, great John Peel, who wrote the sleeve notes for their 2nd album, was among their many admirers.
The music of the JSD Band fused traditional Irish, Scottish, American and English folk songs with modern rock rhythms and instruments  an important innovation in the development of the celtic music scene and very influential at the time.

Lyra Celtica performed traditional music and song for nearly 10 years.  Winners of the Anne OBrien Tribute Stage Award in 2005, remaining members Mark Canning and Frank McGuire continue to add their unique blend of rythym to LYRA'S sound.
Having steadily built up a reputation for fantastic live performances, their album was also hailed as a great success, and has seen the band go from strength to strength. 'Excellent music' Living Tradition Issue 65.

Touring the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland Lyra Celtica were winners of the Anne O'Brien tribute stage at Gig in the Bann 2005. They have achieved a solid reputation while working independently, both in concert bookings and tour scheduling, as well as the production of their first album.

"Lyra Celtica....a highly impressive act...." ........ John McLeod

"....excellent live. Tipped for an exciting future." ........ All Celtic Music

"Lyra Celtica....good fun and quality music." .......... The Living Tradition (Issue 65)

"....get yourself along to a Lyra Celtica concert. You won't be disappointed!..."
....... Cramlington Folk Club:r

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Frank McGuire
Frank has worked and recorded with some of the finest musicians from the world of folk, rock, blues, jazz and world music. Frank spent many years touring in Russia where he taught bodhran and traditional music inviting artists to and from Russia so much so that he was invited as a guest of honour to the first ever Kremlin Zorya in 2007 amongst such distinguished company as Prince Michael of Kent. He also appeared on Russian TV and radio demonstrating his skill on the bodhran (Irish frame drum). He took part in the first ever broadcast for radio Nan Gael from the Irish Embassy in Moscow. Frank teaches in the USA and Europe where his workshops are in great demand. He is a fine vocalist and penny whistle player and adds his own style of unique percussion to music. He has gained a reputation as a world class performer and is held in high regard by fellow musicians. His performance of the late Dave Carter's song 'When I go' earned him standing ovations in the States from audiences that included Dave's own friend, the world's foremost Autoharpist, Bryan Bowers, with whom he subsequently went on to play concerts.
Frank recently joined the wonderful Jordi Savall and Andrew Lawrence-King in the recording of the award winning album Celtic Viol volume II.
Frank performs regularly with his band LYRA and is currently working on various projects with artists from various music genres

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Mark Canning
Mark has been playing guitar for twenty years, having originally toured with several rock and pop bands touring Germany.

After taking a break from music he returned to play traditional music, cutting his teeth in the ceilidh band circuit before being recognized as someone with a real flair for accompaniment with a unique rhythmical style of guitar playing.
Mark is also a talented bouzouki player.

He then went on to play with several successful traditional bands including Parable Jones and the Strayaways.
He has performed with numerous artists including Lynn Tocker, Sean O'Rourke, Jim Daley, Chuck Fleming, Fraser Spiers, Laura McGhee, Conor O'Malley, Ian Pearson, and gives regular workshops on guitar.

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Jim Divers
Jim Divers formed the JSD Band in 1969 with Sean O'Rourke and Des Coffield in 1969. Jim was the "J" in JSD. The band became Scotland's most successful folk-rock act ever, selling thousands of albums worldwide, touring Britain, Europe and the USA doing concerts, TV and radio with the likes of David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars, and sharing bills with acts such as Status Quo, Sly and the Family Stone, Lindisfarne, Lou Reed, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and The Average White Band. The late, great John Peel, who wrote the sleeve notes for their 2nd album, was among their many admirers. The music of the JSD Band fused traditional Irish, Scottish, American and English folk songs with modern rock rhythms and instruments  an important innovation in the development of the celtic music scene and very influential at the time.
After the JSD Band split up Jim returned to his previous profession as a graphic designer while continuing to play semi-professionally bass guitar and double bass with a variety of groups covering a wide range of styles from folk to pop to jazz and beyond!
Jim is currently working on a new album with the JSD Band

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Sean O'Rourke
Sean O'Rourke plays flute, saxophone,whistles, guitar and bouzouki. He formed the JSD Band in 1969 with Jim Divers and Des Coffield while still at high school in 1969. He was the "S" in JSD.
The band then became Scotland's most successful folk-rock act ever, selling thousands of albums worldwide, touring Britain, Europe and the USA doing concerts, TV and radio with the likes of David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars, and sharing bills with acts such as Status Quo, Sly and the Family Stone, Lindisfarne, Lou Reed, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and The Average White Band. The late, great John Peel, who wrote the sleeve notes for their 2nd album, was among their many admirers.
The music of the JSD Band fused traditional Irish, Scottish, American and English folk songs with modern rock rhythms and instruments  an important innovation in the development of the celtic music scene and very influential at the time.
After the JSD Band split up Sean formed Alba with Tony Cuffe (Ossian) and Mike Ward (Tannahill Weavers) later bringing in Alan McLeod (Tannahill Weavers) on Pipes. In fact it was Sean who introduced the highland bagpipes into the acoustic folk group setting. Like the JSD Band, Alba were very influential and innovative and described by singer and broadcaster Archie Fisher as a seminal band in the Scottish folk/celtic genre.
During the 80's Sean played briefly with harpist/composer Savourna Stevenson and recorded with fusion outfit Era producing the album "Release". Sean also studied Jazz and Saxophone with Edinburgh saxophonist Gordon Cruickshanks during this period.
After a couple of conversations and meetings with Jim Sutherland and Jack Evans of Easy Club, Sean formed the Keltz fusing Jazz and celtic music. After a few personnel changes the Keltz line up settled down to a trio with Sean (flute, saxophone, guitar, bouzouki and vocals), Vijay Kangutkar (Indian Tablas and percussion) and Paul Henderson (guitar and guitar-synth) recording 3 albums that were described as innovative, fascinating and unique.
Today Sean continues to work in the celtic/jazz theme composing, playing, arranging and producing innovative, high quality music and is currently recording a new album with the JSD Band

www.lyra-celtica.co.uk


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Lynne Barnes
at
AmandaLynne Music
68 The Beeches,
Nantwich,
CW5 5YP

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