Enjoyed a fine afternoon guitar workshop with Tony McManus this February 14th at Gartly Community Hall, near Huntly. The afternoon workshop was part of Tonys appearance at the community hall, with his performance happening in the evening.
It was a relatively small gathering of intrigued guitarists wondering what we’d learn from a celtic guitar master. Tony was on form and shared some different tunings that work well with celtic music, some celtic rythyms, a harp like technical exercise, and finished with a slip jig.
It was very pleasant and enjoyable to be around a group of guitarists, all willing to learn and be open to exploration. As well as the harp like exercise in dadgad tuning, I also came away with a nice 6/8 celtic rythym with the accents using downstrokes on beats 1 and 3 of the first triplet.
Really great, Tony put on an excellent show in the evening as well.
The event was put on by the Tin Hut Sessions. I would recommend anyone interested in hearing some good national and international artists in an intimate and simple setting in the North East of Scotland check them out. You can find them at Tin Hut Sessions
Had a really great time in Glasgow at Celtic Connections this year. The people, atmosphere, and support for so much music has been amazing!
I was very happy to be performing at a new event hosted by the festival. ‘Celtic Connections on Campus’, a four day event of afternoon live performances showcasing music students from all over the country. The event was held at Glasgow Caledonian University in association with Audio at GCU and Celtic Music Radio.
I performed a 20 minute live set to a festival audience on the third day of the event on the 21st Jan at 1:30pm. The performance was broadcast live over the radio, 95fm Glasgow, and online at celticmusicradio.net. You can listen back to the days performances on Celtic Music Radio’s catch up programme from their website, and from the direct link here at celtic connections on campus catch up. My set is just over halfway through the recording.
All in all, had a very productive and enjoyable time at a really special Scottish Festival.
looking forward to next year already!
Stay posted for the upcoming release of my new single ‘Heartspace’. Release date to be announced soon!
the single will also be accompanied by a music video showcasing performance photographs & video footage spanning over 10 years.
As part of Aberdeen Performing Arts ‘Connect’ project, I’ll be performing alongside a group of local musicians, Jason Singh & Aidan O’ Rourke at the Aberdeen Music Hall in Aberdeen on March 31st.