Mo­ni­aive Gui­tar Fes­ti­val will be strumthing great

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - SHARON LIPTROTT

The newly re­vived Mo­ni­aive Gui­tar Fes­ti­val has set a date for St Valen­tine’s week­end.

The four-day chance to hear and hang out with world’s best Celtic gui­tarist Tony McManus and other lead­ing in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians in an all-star line up starts on Valen­tine’s Day.

They in­clude the great­est liv­ing fin­ger­style gui­tarist Duck Baker, the fa­ther of in­te­grated per­cus­sive gui­tar (and former tu­tor to Ed Sheeran) Pre­ston Reed, plus the mag­nif­i­cent duo Steve Hicks and Lynn Goul­bourn.

A mix­ture of concerts and mas­ter­classes it runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 17.

Tim O’Sul­li­van, who runs the Craig­dar­roch Arms where the concerts will take place, said: “As Scot­land’s Fes­ti­val Vil­lage, Mo­ni­aive is fa­mous for of­fer­ing in­ti­mate events where peo­ple can hear some of the very best mu­sic and mix with the mu­si­cians as well. And what makes this all pos­si­ble is the en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm of the lo­cal peo­ple who put so much time and ef­fort into mak­ing things hap­pen.”

The fes­ti­val has taken place twice be­fore with the last one in 2009.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Hugh Tay­lor has long wanted to hold an­other one, but sim­ply didn’t have time be­fore now: “We’ve got an amaz­ing all-star line-up, so this is a bril­liant chance to hear and hang out with some of the very best gui­tarists in the world today. We’d re­ally wanted to get the fes­ti­val go­ing again but been too busy.

“Then I walked into the Craig­dar­roch Arms one night last year and saw they had booked Tony McManus for Valen­tine’s Day.

“It struck me right away that we could build a whole fes­ti­val round a gig of that cal­i­bre and that’s ex­actly what we’ve done.”

The gui­tar player, writer and broad­caster has been in­volved in or­gan­is­ing fes­ti­vals for the past 30 years and is a former artis­tic di­rec­tor of Gir­van Folk Fes­ti­val; cre­ated Mo­ni­aive Folk Fes­ti­val helped found Mo­ni­aive Michael­mass Blue­grass Fes­ti­val along with artis­tic di­rec­tor, Paul Lyt­tle.

The main concerts: Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, 8pm Tony McManus and Ju­lia Toaspern; Fri­day, Feb 15, 7.30pm Duck Baker with Hicks and Goul­bourn; Satur­day, Feb 16, 7.30pm Pre­ston Reed with Hicks and Goul­bourn; Sun­day, Feb 17, 2pm Hicks and Goul­bourn.

The concerts are £12, work­shops £5, and a week­end ticket is £30 from the box of­fice at 01848 200205.

On­line tick­ets are https:// www. tick­et­source. co. uk/ whats- on/ craig­dar­roch-arms-ho­tel/craig­dar­rocha r ms- ho­tel/ mo­ni­aive- gui­tar­fes­ti­val/2019-02-14/20:00.

Duo Steve Hicks and Lynn Goul­bourn are per­form­ing at the newly re­vived Mo­ni­aive Gui­tar Fes­ti­val over the St Valen­tine’s week­end

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