Sean Magwire
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Sean Magwire

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"The Daily Krapht- Oh Belle"

Sean Magwire is no stranger to Wordkrapht. Back in 2013, Magwire’s music was featured four times with one of those times being included in our Hand-Kraphted sampler (yes we miss it too!)

2016 has brought a move to Boston and a permanent hiatus from his other project, The Lulabelles. Magwire decided to start work on his first solo album in a few years.

“Oh Belle” is the track Magwire shared with me and at first listen it’s quite different than what I was used to hearing. From the first licks and the hear the crooning ‘Oh Belle’ (Which is the name of his dog), we’re transported somewhere gritty and Magwire is commanding our attention. The track is feisty, playful and pure rock and roll. One listen may not be enough so don’t be afraid to

press repeat and play it again.

Those in the Boston area be sure to check out Sean at the Labor Day Weekend campfire festival. Event information can be found on Magwire’s facebook page, link at the bottom! - Wordkrapht

"15 Chicago Bands You Need To Listen To Now"

It's kind of rare to see a folk band come out of Chicago, and the trend of folk music hasn't quite reached Chicago yet, but The Lulabelles are already ahead of the game as one of the best live acoustic folk acts you're going to see. Featuring a powerful violinist and moving harmonies, you're guaranteed to get chills at least once every time you check them out. - Impulcity

"Artists You Should Know About"

... this amazing new band on the rise! - Music Inform

"The Lulabelles' "Stories""

The more I hear it, the more I love it. Multi-vocalist folk bands are my jam, and The Lulabelles do not fall short in that category. Before doing any research, I dove right into their latest release, Stories.

The first and title track, “Stories” jumps right into a chorus full of energy and shines with hope and happiness. The thing that drew me in immediately was the “fiddle cocoon” that subtly wraps around the song and helps the other elements grow as the track plays on. Sean Magwire, Mike and Jenni Weber lead the vocals in this five piece ensemble, and the way their voices melt together is what all artists in this genre dream of. The second track, “Be Still My Heart” is a great example of this. The song starts almost a capella, with the exception of a nice, crisp, simple yet powerful acoustic guitar for the foundation. Once the vocals start to hit the higher register, and really begins to tug at your emotions, a kick drum brings us into a climax of folk/pop bliss.

The five-track EP ends with a slower, more emotional track called “Between the Cracks.” A very mellow first few verses, add in a quiet mandolin and the vocals even sneak in a few quick falsettos, which were a nice surprise. Right when you sense a mild build up, Weber (Jenni) joins in on the second round of escalation until another powerful kick drum takes the song to another level, but not over the top. The perfect way to end a solid EP, that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to...and will definitely be listening to again.

-Spike Brendle - Hear & Now Media

"The Lulabelles"

We here at RSC were excited to get to work with The Lulabelles as part of our 2014 High Fidelity summer concert series with WBEZ. That night the Chicago Public Media’s Navy Pier terrace hosted Pat McKillan, The One Two Three, Communist Daughter, and this incredible band. - Rooftop Sessions Chicago

"Artist Spotlight"

Crafting catchy folk/pop melodies with heartfelt lyrics, Sean Magwire has forged a unique brand of songwriting. - PopVulture

"Sean Magwire Album Review"

Recording an album after only six months can be somewhat of a tumultuous experience. If not done correctly, the finished product can leave listeners feeling a little bit incomplete. Sean Magwire, fortunately has succeeded in the exact opposite. Among the Burning Stars was recorded in a six month time span, and throughout the transition and turmoil he faced, he has created a brilliant piece of work. Each song is an eye opener, inspiring and honest. This is not just another acoustic album that adds to the white noise of countless acoustic albums that seem to be forgotten due to the lack of originality. This is his story, his experiences, and we are glad he is sharing them with us.

If the album could be summed up in one word, that word would have to be “clarity.” Magwire seemed to achieve some throughout the recording (we hope) and while listening, you will get that sense of clarity; be it in your own life or you’re just feeling what Magwire is expressing. As you listen to these songs, and especially if you’re driving you will get chills down your spine, goose bumps on your arm, that warm fuzzy feeling in the pit of your stomach. You get the point. Beautiful piano playing along with acoustic guitar strumming a picking, cello and percussion seem to be such a wonderful backdrop for Magwire’s honest lyrics to take flight.

“Everybody loves a liar, tells you what you want to hear
whispers with a voice so sweetly in your ear.”
(Lyric taken from the song “Shoulders”)

Magwire sings of human emotions we all experience and somehow makes it magical. There’s a certain innocence and charm in his voice that is hard to resist. This album will tug at your heartstrings and stir up emotions even the most stoic person locked away. “To The Plains”, “Golden States & Restless Ways” and “Simple Love” are all highlights of the album, but it’s recommended to listen to the album all in one sitting many times.

Wordkrapht Rating: 5 Stars - WordKrapht


Sean Magwire: Songs for Wednesday- 2021

The Lulabelles: Stories EP- 2015

Sean Magwire: Among the Burning Stars- 2012

Sean Magwire: Rebel Days- 2010





Sean Magwire is a Massachusetts-based guitarist and songwriter known for his folk-pop style. On top of his own work, he used to be a member of the Chicago folk act, The Lulabelles, where he wrote, recorded and performed. His song "Between the Cracks" won the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize for Folk. Sean recently placed 3rd in the Rocky Mountain Songwriting Contest and performed at the 2022 Red Lodge Songwriting Festival in Red Lodge, Montana. His music has been featured on various tv and radio programs, including PBS and Australian Broadcasting Company, and WICN Radio.

 He continues to write his own music and perform throughout New England.

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