Denis Carey (composer)

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Denis Carey
Origin Newport, County Tipperary, Ireland
Genres Traditional Irish, Irish folk, Celtic
Labels Compass Records, Five Line Music
Associated acts The Brock McGuire Band, Ryan's Fancy

Denis Carey is an acclaimed Irish musician and composer known for his solo work and as a member of the award-winning group, the Brock McGuire Band.


Along with Dave Keary and Ray Fean, Carey composed and produced the soundtrack for the Canadian film The Divine Ryans, featuring Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite.[1] In 2000, Carey was specially commissioned by Shannon Heritage to compose and arrange the music for the show Style at Bunratty Folk Park in County Clare. The music for this show was recorded by Carey for the 2001 release Style - Stories of Irish Dance.

Carey won the 2004 award for's composer of the year.[2]

In 2009, Carey released his album Moving On, which features Máirtín O'Connor, Paul Brock, Manus McGuire, Denis Ryan, Zoe Conway, Kenneth Rice[disambiguation needed], Tommy Hayes and others.

In January 2010, Carey won's Composer of the Year Award for the second time.[3]

The Brock McGuire Band released "Green Grass Blue Grass" featuring Ricky Skaggs. The album was launched at The Grand Ole Opry on 11 March 2011 to a sold-out crowd.[4][5]

In 2012, Denis released his first collection of original songs titled, "Denis Carey, Own Compositions".

Notable performances[edit]

Previous collaborations[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Originally from Newport, County Tipperary, Carey is the first cousin of Denis Ryan of Ryan's Fancy, and the father of entrepreneur Mark Carey.[6]


  1. ^ "The Divine Ryans". IMDb. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "LiveIreland Awards 2004". Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Margeson, Bill (30 December 2009). "The Livies liveIreland Music Awards 2010". Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Ticket". The Irish Times. 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Heywood, Fiona. "BROCK MCGUIRE BAND - Green Grass Blue Grass". Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Frontlines". The Irish Times. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 

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