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Tony McManus

Tony McManus

‘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

Acclaimed guitarist Tony McManus has been called ‘the best Celtic guitarist in the world’ by legendary English guitarist John Renbourn, and is known for his virtuosic fingerstyle performances on the steel-string guitar. To find a voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement. Scots born and now Canada based, from early childhood Tony’s twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach.

Tony’s 2009 recording, The Makers Mark, won universal acclaim even in the rock guitar press, where jigs and reels would have been unheard of prior to its release. Tony’s latest album, Mysterious Boundaries, takes a different path altogether, and explores the music of Bach, Couperin, Monteverdi, Satie and Granados.

In addition to his solo albums, there have also been groundbreaking recordings with musicians as diverse as Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser, bluegrass legend Dan Crary and French bassist Alain Genty, to name but a few.

Whatever the context, Tony’s presence is unique and driven by a passion for the music. His engaging personality on stage has taken him to five continents, and his contribution was recently recognised with a Gold Medal, voted by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine – fellow recipients were John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Tommy Emmanuel.

High praise is already flowing in from his fellow guitarists:

“This music is beyond beautiful, it’s….PERFECT”- Tommy Emmanuel

“It’s a masterpiece. I’m reeling”- John Renbourn

“World class. Masterful playing as usual”- Steve Howe