Moniaive Guitar Festival makes its return
Moniaive Guitar Festival returns this month with an all-star line-up, featuring some of the world’s leading acoustic guitarists.
The festival will take place from the 14th to the 17th of February 2019.
Kicking off the event on Valentines Night is Tony McManus, the world-leading Celtic guitarist. Now living in Canada, Tony tours the world, playing, teaching and collaborating with other top performers. At Moniaive he will be playing with Julia Toaspern, 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.
Duck Baker is one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists who plays in a variety of styles: jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk, and Irish and Scottish music. He has written many instruction books for guitar.
He was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Virginia where he first played in rock bands before developing an interest in acoustic music and jazz. He’s lived and worked all over the world but is now based in Reading.
Among his records that have received the most critical acclaim in years past are ‘The Kid on the Mountain’, the 1981 release that was the first ever solo guitar record of Celtic music and ‘Spinning Song’, the CD produced by John Zorn dedicated to the music of the great jazz pianist/composer, Herbie Nichols. Acoustic Guitar magazine described ‘Spinning Song’ as “one of the best guitar albums ever recorded – by anybody.”
One of the most influential and innovative guitarists of the past quarter century, Preston Reed invented integrated percussive guitar playing in the late 1980’s, revolutionising the way the acoustic guitar is played and inspiring generations of musicians around the world ever since.
Since 1979, Preston has released fifteen critically-acclaimed albums and performed on six continents. His long teaching experience includes The Swannanoa Gathering, where he taught Kaki King, his own week-long workshops in Scotland and his recent masterclass at Berklee College of Music. His 1994 instructional video, The Guitar Of Preston Reed: Expanding The Realm Of Acoustic Playing continues to set today’s and tomorrow’s top players on the path to developing their own musical voices on the instrument.
Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn
This duo needs no introduction to Moniaive, having played there many times. According to Duck Baker, Steve is one of the top four-finger style guitarists in the UK. He’s also a highly skilled luthier. Lynn Goulbourn is an exceptional singer and songwriter. The music that they produce as the duo Hicks and Goulbourn is characterised by pure acoustic tones, reflective lyrics, well crafted arrangements and intricate, complicated guitar work. Their live performances are also highly entertaining with engaging anecdotes and humour.
The festival will be a mixture of formal concerts, masterclasses, in conversation with the musicians and a chance to hang out with them in Scotland’s Famous Festival Village.
Main concerts held at The Coach House are:
Thursday at 8pm – Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern
Friday at 7.30pm – Duck Baker with Hicks and Goulbourn
Saturday at 7.30pm – Preston Reed with Hicks and Goulbourn
Sunday at 2pm – Hicks and Goulbourn
Tickets for the Individual Concerts are £12.00. Workshops are £5. You can buy a weekend ticket for £30.00. You can buy tickets via Ticketsource here. Keep up to date by joining the Moniaive Guitar Festival Facebook Event Page.