Tony McManus

Saturday, May 12   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
NOTE: This Workshop requires a separately purchaced ticket in addition to General Admission (see below).

    Alternate Tunings:  A Different Approach

    In the workshop we’ll cover some altered tunings and the advantages these can bring to your music. I use Dropped D, DADGAD, CGCGCD, CGDGCD and a couple of more exotic ones- but only a couple!  We’ll look at some ideas in each of these and then at relationships between them.  It’s easy to get bamboozled by lists of letters so we’ll take a different approach and try to apply ideas in one tuning to another and link these concepts together.  We can also look at left and right hand techniques for ornamentation and articulation that can help make our playing more expressive.  I’ll teach an Irish tune in DADGAD to get started on this exploration.  Have fun!


    About Tony

    Tony McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music.  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. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
    Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time.  The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
    Tony’s work 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.  He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave and Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Kirkmichael, Scotland; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany.  In 2004 he appeared at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in the “All Star Guitar Night” featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten and headlined by the legendary Les Paul.


    May 12   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Civic Garden Club
    622 South Second St.  La Conner, WA - Map
    Tickets:  $30 in advance - online   $35 at the box office (located in Maple Hall during festival hours)

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