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Preston Reed at Moniaive Guitar Festival


Preston Reed
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.

Born in Armonk, New York he started playing when he was eight
In the fall of 1972, after playing at a party for a friend of his sister's, Reed was invited to perform in concert with legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. It was his first serious gig. In 2000 Martin Taylor booked him to play a guitar Festival in Ayrshire. There he met Catherine Maguire, whom he later married and now lives with in Girvan. He’s a frequent visitor to Moniaive.
For many ears he taught a summer guitar school in Girvan. One of his former pupils was Ed Sheerin, then aged 13.
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 – The Coach House.
Thursday: 8pmTony McManus and Julia Toaspern
Friday: 7.30pm Duck Baker with Hicks and Goulbourn
Saturday: 7.30pm Preston Reed with Hicks and Goulbourn
Sunday: 2pm Hicks and Goulbourn

Ticket prices. Individual Concerts £12.00. Workshops £5. Weekend ticket £30.00

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