Gui­tar vir­tu­oso com­ing to Fresh­wa­ter

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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