Second Line Music Presents
Tony McManus (Canada)
DOORS OPEN 6PM // DINNER AVAILABLE // MUSIC STARTS 8PM
“Tony McManus’ music is beyond beautiful, it’s perfect.” Tommy Emmanuel
Tony McManus is a master guitar player who has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, (English guitarist John Renbourn described him as “the best Celtic guitarist in the world.”) his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora – Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Asturias, Cape Breton, Quebec – along with still further-ranging flavours, such as jazz and east European music.
Long applauded for his uncanny ability to transpose the delicate, complex ornamentation characteristic of traditional bagpipe or fiddle tunes – even the phrasing of a Gaelic song – onto his own six strings, McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.