Held on August 28 – 29 in Tralee, Country Kerry, Ireland, Newton Faulkner, Thomas Leeb, Jacques Stotzem and Robert Castellani will perform with all proceeds in aid of Inspired Tralee and Kerry Hospice Foundation.
The Eric Roche Acoustic Guitar Sessions is a celebration of the life and work of Ireland’s most influential fingerstyle guitarist. This two-day event on 28-29 August will bring together leading fingerstyle guitarists such as Newton Faulkner, Thomas Leeb, Jacques Stotzem & Robert Castellani to mark Eric’s 10th anniversary since his passing in 2005.
The event will be a celebration of Eric’s music, what he stood for and the people he continues to inspire. The event’s main home will be the Brandon Conference Centre, Tralee on Saturday 29 August. Other venues in Tralee will also mark the occasion with live acoustic events on the Friday and Saturday night. There will be workshops and guitar exhibits during the day with the main event held on Saturday night, doors opening at 8.30pm.
It’s hard to pigeonhole Eric Roche’s music. It’s not folk, it’s not country, it’s not jazz, classical or “world” music, and it’s not rock or pop. At the same time, it takes inspiration from all of these styles to create something new, something profoundly creative and personal; something that pushes music to it’s own limits. Eric Roche’s guitar styles are truly original, involving percussion techniques reminiscent of traditional Irish music, blended with open string tunings reminiscent of medieval chord structures. And yet for all the complexity that pleases the ear of the musician, his music is incredibly simplistic, honest and heartfelt. Lead, rhythm, bass and percussion all flow simultaneously from Eric’s guitar, in a sound so big that it is orchestral in its impact. And yet it is tender and considerate, with every intelligent chord tugging at the emotions. Music like this is rarely heard on your radio. It is too personal, too heartfelt, and too deep to make light entertainment. Eric’s music is music for the soul.
As well as releasing three albums, the third of which – With These Hands – was released on Martin Taylor’s P3 label, he was head of guitar at The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. He also authored several books, most notably, The Acoustic Guitar Bible (foreword by Tommy Emmanuel). He delivered masterclasses in guitar all over the world and spawned a generation of fans and students who take inspiration from him in finding their own musical voice. Eric Roche was the consummate guitarist’s guitarist, and yet the simplicity of emotion conveyed by his music can touch almost anybody.
Eric Roche, a citizen of Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland, died in Bury St. Edmunds, England in September 2005 aged 37, leaving behind a musical legacy that has inspired a new generation of musicians.
“A guitar virtuoso, a great composer and an incredible live performer” – Martin Taylor
For more information, visit: www.acoustic-sessions.com