Virtuoso guitarist up close and personal in Seahouses

Tony McManus
Tony McManus

A leading celtic guitarist will be the first of several artists to perform at a series of live music sessions at an award-winning Northumberland bed and breakfast this year.

Tony McManus will be bringing his steel-stringed session to St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses on Saturday, February 28.

Born in Scotland, Tony has been recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in celtic music and has been described as ‘the best celtic guitarist in the world’.

His first self-titled album was released in 1996. His third album, Ceol More, was released in 2002 and achieved widespread critical acclaim.

Tony’s 2009 recording, The Makers Mark, won universal acclaim in the rock guitar press, where jigs and reels would have been unheard of prior to its release.

His new album, Mysterious Boundaries, takes a different path and explores the music of Bach, Couperin, Monteverdi, Satie and Granados.

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.

Tony’s unique presence is driven by sheer passion for his music, which combines the driving energy of reels with the timeless atmosphere of laments. This is a show not to be missed.

Other artists lined up to appear at the House Concerts this year include Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman in April, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West in May, The Railsplitters in June and Krista Detor and band in October.

Doors open at 7pm and music starts around 7.45pm.