Guitar virtuoso coming to Freshwater
A musician recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic music is coming to Conception Bay North.
Scottish guitar virtuoso Tony McManus will be in Freshwater on Tuesday, Oct. 19 for a concert at the Freshwater United Church Community Centre. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. and there are no advance tickets being sold. Patrons will pay at the door.
Well-known Newfoundland guitarist and singer Jean Hewson is bringing McManus to St. John’s for a master class guitar workshop at the Arts and Culture Centre Oct. 17 and a concert at the Gower Street United Church Lecture Hall Oct. 18 prior to his visit to Conception Bay North.
In his relatively short (10-year) career as a professional musician, McManus’ music has come to define a new role for the guitar in Celtic music, according to his biography.
“He has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world, making regular appearances at guitar-specific events where just a few years ago jigs and reels would be unheard of,” his biography states.
“From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art.
“ Through his hands the emotions of Celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament, each finding an authentic voice through his interpretation. That emotional connection lifts McManus’s playing beyond mere virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide — from the Hebrides to Connemara and from Bogotá to Tokyo are won over to this music.”
In addition to his four solo albums, there have been ground-breaking recordings with musicians as diverse as Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser, bluegrass legend Dan Crary and French bassist Alain Genty among many other collaborations.
“ Whatever the context, Tony’s presence is unique and driven by a passion for the music.”
He has performed on five continents and he received a gold medalfrom Acoustic Guitar magazine
His latest recording, The Makers Mark, released by Compass Records, features solos has won acclaim even in the rock guitar press, where jigs and reels would have been unheard of prior to its release.
“On this album, alongside his lifelong love of Scottish and Irish music, he explores harmonies from South Africa, the strange scales and rhythms of Eastern Europe and an achingly beautiful baroque madrigal from Claudio Monteverdi,” the biography states. “ Whatever the source, the listener is engaged by a creative integrity and by one of the most original musicians to emerge in recent years.”
Tony McManus is recognized as the world’s leading guitarist in Celtic music. The Scottish guitar virtuoso will be performing at the Freshwater United Church Community Centre Tuesday, Oct. 19.