Moniaive Guitar Festival will be strumthing great
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