BY LORRAINE THOMPSON
SAINT AUGUSTINE – You don’t have to be Irish nor are you required to wear green at the concert featuring the Paul Brock Band at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. But if you go, be prepared for plenty of toe-tapping music as button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock and his band perform traditional Irish folk music including selection from their award-winning album “Green Grass Blue Grass.”
The concert, the second in the church’s 2017-18 concert series, is free and open to the public. A free-will collection will be taken for those who wish to contribute to the concert expenses. Free parking is provided at the church which is located at 5202 A1A South on Anastasia Island. The church seats more than 1400. For information call 471-5364.
Brock co-founded Brock McGuire Band in 2000 with fiddle player Manus McGuire. The band has gone on to record a number of highly acclaimed albums including Green Grass Blue Grass, a collaboration with 14-time GRAMMY Award winner Ricky Skaggs celebrating the connection between Appalachian and Irish music. In 2014, the band performed a fully-scored program of their music with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Mississippi.
As a soloist, Brock has toured extensively internationally. He has performed with leading musicians and has been a special guest artist on a number of occasions with acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains.
Brock’s 2006 collaboration with Enda Scahill, Humdinger (Compass Records), was voted “Irish Music Album of the Year” by The Irish Times and “Instrumental Album of the Year” by The Irish American News.
Brock’s many album credits include A Tribute to Joe Cooley (Gael-Linn) with fiddler Frankie Gavin.