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Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine.
While Tony is known as a soloist, his frequent collaborations with various musicians have always been a significant part of his work. Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music.
She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all these her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony's work. Join us in Universal Hall for a night of some of the most skilful guitar playing you can see in this country. Both having powerful, eloquent singing voices too, they will play a mix of songs and tunes.
Scottish guitarist who combines mesmerising techniques with a deep love of traditional music. “Tony McManus is the best Celtic guitarist in the world” - John Renbourn “Tony McManus is the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar”- Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars “McManus’s playing is rave-worthy. Loaded with flawless ornamentations, most of which should only be attempted on a very well set-up fiddle, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender” - Premier Guitar
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