Nicole Maguire from Cork is making major waves on the international music scene. Counting Damien Dempsey and Nancy Griffith as friends and mentors Nicole has grown from a shy 15 year old performing at local venues to a mesmerizing, accomplished star, whether fronting a band or performing solo with acoustic guitar.
Nicole raised the money to travel to Nashville to write and from there road tested her songs around America. More double jobbing raised the money to work with one of the most respected producers in the world, multi Grammy nominated Mitchell Froom (Pearl Jam, Randy Newman, Ron Sexsmith – to name but a few). Since then, Nicole has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes such as Paul Brady, Glen Hansard, Vince Gill, Don McLean, Donovan, Damien Dempsey und Mundy to name but a few. She has also performed two solo nationwide tours, as well as touring Switzerland and the U.S on numerous occasions.
In June 2015, two of Nicole’s songs were featured in Oscar winning actor Robert Duval’s movie ‘Wild Horses’. In late 2015, Nicole went back into the studio, this time with producer Gavin Glass. Hand picking an elite group of Ireland’s finest musicians, they joined Nicole to create her second studio album titled ‘Wishing Well’ released in April 2016. The title track of the album features the vocals from one of Ireland’s finest songwriters, and one of Nicole’s heroes, Paul Brady.
To hear some of the songs on Nicole’s new album, please visit: www.soundcloud.com/nicolemaguire
Her new album Wishing Well shows Nicole Maguire’s voice in better shape than ever, and it comes with a classy bunch of songs to boot. Definitely one for your shopping list! Jackie Hayden
There are those who wait for fortune to find them, and those who create it for themselves. Nicole’s writing and commitment to her work show all the hallmarks of the real thing. Glen Hansard
Nicole’s singing and playing convey a real purity of sound and emotion. There’s no artifice with her – Nicole’s absolutely the real thing. Mitchell Froom
Nicole Maguire is an exceptionally strong talent, with lyrical gravity, and a rich and textured voice that vocally relies on the adage of less is more. Hot Press Live Review 2016