Born Glasgow. Studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music, London (1966-70) and then with the Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm. His works have been regularly broadcast and commissions have come from the Glasgow University McEwen Bequest, the New Music Group of Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the St Magnus Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival. In recent years he has produced several large-scale works to critical acclaim: the ballet score Peter Pan, A Glasgow Symphony, a chamber opera The Loving of Etain, and concerti for guitar, trombone, viola, violin and (most recently) double bass. McGuire also plays flute with, and writes for, the Scottish folk group The Whistlebinkies.
Cake Talk, a new opera in 1996 for RSNO Junior Chorus followed success of The Loving of Etain (Paragon Opera); Peter Pan (Scottish Ballet) and Cullercoats Tommy (Northern Stage). CDs include Calgacus (BBCSSO), London Proms 1997; Songs of New Beginnings (Paragon); Fast Peace III (Alma Duo); Divertimento, Martyr (Durrant, Viola Pieces); Nocturnes (Mr McFall’s Chamber) and Celtic Knotwork (Scottish Flute Trio and Chinook Clarinet Quartet) in 2001. His new double bass concerto was recorded by the BBC SSO with soloist Anthony Alcock in Ayr Town Hall on January 24th and Broadcasting House Glasgow on 25th January 2002.
He was the recipient of a British Composers Award in 2003 and a Creative Scotland Award in 2004. He was commissioned to compose the finale for the 2006 St Magnus Festival.
Raretunes features some of his other traditional music related works:
The Fiddler’s Farewell / Mr Menuhin’s Delight
See the page Yehudi Menuhin.
This short piece was composed by Eddie McGuire and recorded by The Whistlebinkies in the late 1970s to demo a television news programme theme idea.
Composed by Eddie McGuire. Commissioned by Radio Clyde. Premiere recording from Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 16 December 1979. Broadcast Radio Clyde 3 January 1981.
Featuring: the Whistlebinkies, Alan Darby (solo electric guitar) and 6 violas led by James Durrant. The piece includes an arrangement of the tune “Broderick’s Bodhran” by Rab Wallace.
This work has cultural significance as one of the earliest example of a ‘fushion’ composition in the Scottish folk music revival.
A compilation from the soundtrack for a film on the exploitation of North Sea oil composed by Eddie McGuire with the Whistlebinkies. Recorded CaVa Sound Studios, Glasgow c. 1981. Edited by Stuart Eydmann. Other live recordings of Inner Sound can be heard at the Whistlebinkies page.
Inner Sound 2
Based on the film theme music above, this tone poem opens and closes with a musical recreation of the sound of the sea and shore. The themes represent the discovery and extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea. Recorded live at The Gable End Theatre, Hoy, Orkney during the 2006 St Magnus Festival by Stuart Eydmann. A version of this piece is the title track of the Whistlebinkies CD on the KLUB label.