Emma Gillespie & Drew McConnell
Sat 26 Jan 2019, 8:00PM


Local singer/songwriter Emma Gillespie is joined by Drew McConnell for a stripped back evening of original tunes and covers.
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MONIAIVE GUITAR FESTIVAL
Thu 14 Feb 2019, 8:00PM - Sun 17 Feb 2019, 6:00PM


MONIAIVE GUITAR FESTIVAL

Moniaive Guitar Festival returns next month with an all-star line up featuring some of the World’s leading acoustic guitarists.
Kicking off the event on Valentines Night is Tony McManus, the World, and Paisley’s, 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p53HSQNVi0w

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 musicand 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.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Xp11371UY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1bu2hXF_Ek

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.

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

This duo needs to introduction to Moniaive and have played here 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 – 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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Tony McManus with Julia Toaspern at Moniaive Guitar Festival
Thu 14 Feb 2019, 8:00PM


Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern 
Hailing from Scotland, but currently residing in Canada, Tony has come to be recognised throughout the world as one of the leading guitarists in Celtic Music. While Tony is known as a soloist, his frequent collaborations with diverse 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 this her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make and exciting fit with Tony’s work.
Their twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and not so old, tunes. Each of the pair both flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technique. Her violin can effortlessly morph into a fiddle as she weaves from Italian madrigal to Scottish reel. Julia’s songs go to the heart of love and loss, hope and survival, and are inflected with musical input from a wide and eclectic experience of musical life.  
Together they will perform powerful interwoven guitar duets, sing traditional, classical and self-penned songs, a treat you to some soaring fiddle sets – everything always delivered with passion and commitment.
"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
“This music is beyond beautiful, it’s…..PERFECT!” Tommy Emmanuel
“I have no superlatives to do this justice” Dick Gaughan
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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Duck Baker at Moniaive Guitar Festival
Fri 15 Feb 2019, 7:30PM

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 musicand 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.”

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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Preston Reed at Moniaive Guitar Festival
Sat 16 Feb 2019, 7:30PM


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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Hicks & Goulbourn at Moaniaive Guitar Festival
Sun 17 Feb 2019, 2:00PM


Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

This duo needs to introduction to Moniaive and have played here 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 – 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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Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood
Wed 6 Mar 2019, 8:00PM

Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood: 

A Collaboration – The Story Song Scientists

 

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 2016 - Megan Henwood and Findlay Napier are a few

hours into an EFDSS (English Folk Dance Song Society) run songwriting retreat. They are outside drinking their 7th coffee of the morning! Napier’s driven nine hours from Glasgow and is a bit wobbly. Henwood’s back from a month long writing trip to Nashville and she is jet lagged and delusional.


“Fancy writing a song about maths?” Napier enquires. And so the seed for this

songwriting partnership was sewn. Their collaboration has led to the creation of songs about hermit known as The North Pond Phantom, WBAI host Bob Fass’ lifesaving broadcast on 6th Nov 1971, Georg Cantor’s struggle with infinity, maths and God plus something about Shepherds and leaders. They are yet to write a song about pickup trucks…or beer.

If ever an artist called on the elements in her songwriting, it's Megan Henwood. The distinguished English singer-songwriter is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album ‘River’ reaffirms her unique ability to create roots musicof beguiling purity from what's around her.


One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene Findlay Napier is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright. Distilled to artful acoustic guitar and Napier's remarkable voice his most recent album ‘Glasgow’ captures the timeless essence of one of the world's great cities.


MEGAN HENWOOD PRESS:

“Henwood’s debut announced her as a promising new voice on the contemporary English

folk scene; "Head Heart Hand “confirms her as one of its finest exponents”

Folk Radio UK

“A powerful set of songs boasting the finest lyrics this reviewer has heard in a while”

Album of the Week Sunday Express

“Raw nerves are constantly prodded -

She has moved far beyond (Folk’s) parameters into a world where anything is possible”

R2 Magazine

“She hones her songs so beautifully and the production is superbly judged”

Country Music People: Americana

FINDLAY NAPIER PRESS:

“…one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene."

Folk Radio UK

After his debut release V.I.P.: Very Interesting Persons I wondered how he could possibly

surpass such a start, with "Glasgow" the master craftsman just gets better.

FATEA Magazine

“Napier’s epically muscular, grittily raw yet brilliantly nuanced voice, to both comic and

emotive effect, allies with some of the most fabulous (literally and figuratively) original

songs that anyone’s writing today.”

Folk Radio UK: Live Review


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