Tony McManus, considered the world’s finest Celtic fingerstyle virtuoso, is set to play the London Acoustic Guitar Show on September 13 & 14, 2014
The Scottish-born, Canada-based fingerstyle guitarist is confirmed to play the London Acoustic Guitar Show, over September 13 & 14, 2014. McManus brings a wealth of experience and his instantly recognisable, flawless technique to the 2014 London Acoustic Guitar Show.
Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this art. In Tony’s hands, the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
His 2009 release The Makers’s Mark saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars available. Recording a solo piece on each instrument, the project caught the attention of the mainstream rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does.
Never one to be typecast, Tony’s new album Mysterious Boundaries is his most ambitious to date. An encouraging challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque music – seemingly very different to the jigs and reels that he grew up with. By examining the boundaries between genres and sticking to his steel string guitar (rather than the conventional classical guitar) McManus has produced a work of great originality and beauty, hailed by his peers as “a masterpiece” (John Renbourn), “beyond beautiful… it’s perfect!” (Tommy Emmanuel) and which contains a truly remarkable rendition of Bach’s colossal Chaconne in D Minor – one of the greatest compositions of any age.
The London Acoustic Guitar Show is back and this time we’re bigger than ever! Now on two floors of London’s prestigious Olympia venue and featuring Electric Live, a new electric guitar show, we’re bringing a whole new heap of gear and artists to the two-day event held on 13-14 September 2014. The already established London Acoustic Guitar Show will remain on the top floor of the venue, while the new Electric Live show will be staged in the exhibition hall on the second floor. Visitors who purchase a ticket for the show will be offered unfettered access to move between the two floors.
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See you in September!