An acoustic August with Tony McManus live @ the Metro
Globetrotting music at its best, catch Tony McManus (Scotland) along with special guests Julia Toaspern (Germany) &
Martin Foote (Blue Mountains) live in concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse Friday, 24th August –
doors open 5pm.
Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony McManus has both extended
and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world's all-time greats, his
fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora, along with still further-ranging flavours, such
as jazz and east European music.
McManus is increasingly being acknowledged as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.
Following on from a series of acclaimed albums, 2002 saw the release of Ceol More, analbum that raised Tony's musical stature
to an entire new level. Critics hailed the focussed, spell-binding nature of the music, from the plaintive Jewish hymn "Shalom Aleichem" to
the ingenious arrangement of the Charles Mingus classic "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat". Having been nominated as Musician of the Year by
both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music awards, in 2002 "Ceol More" hit the Critic's Album of the Year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and named "Live Ireland Awards" Album of the Year.
"Few guitarists can present Celtic music with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes. Tony McManus is one of those few." – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
His 2009 release "The Maker's Mark" saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars available and caught the
attention of the mainstream rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does.
Never one to be typecast, Tony's new album "Mysterious Boundaries" is his most ambitious to date.
An encouraging challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque.
McManus has produced a work of great originality and beauty, hailed by his peers as "a masterpiece" – Renbourn, "beyond beautiful... it's PERFECT!" – Tommy Emmanuel.
Tony's latest collaboration is with partner, fiddle and guitar player Julia Toaspern, a native of Berlin and a successful musician in
her own right. Julia will be guesting with Tony on his latest Australian tour post his appearances at the prestigious 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.
Martin Foote is a gifted guitarist from the Blue Mountains of NSW, who plays with a passion and flair that turns
heads whenever he takes to the stage.
Growing up in a musical family, Martin began playing guitar at the age of ten, taught by his father, Nigel Foote, who gave him a strong foundation
in folk-blues fingerpicking styles. After meeting the guitarists Joe Robinson and Michael Fix, Martin was encouraged to study
the instrumental works and guitar styles of the legendary Tommy Emmanuel.
Over the next few years, Martin attended Emmanuel's workshop and two residential guitar camps, at the end of which he performed Classical Gas together with Tommy.
Pic: Local folk-blues guitarist Martin Foote (photo credit Nigel Foote).
Martin's EP, 'Moving On'was released at the Blue Mountains Music Festival in March 2018.
Tony McManus (Scotland) + Special Guests Julia Toaspern (Germany) + Martin Foote (Blue Mountains)
Live @ The Metropole Guesthouse
FRI 24th August 2018.Doors Open 5pm. Show Starts 6pm.
The Metropole is an all ages venue however minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must remain supervised and do require a standard
ticket for entry. Please also keep in mind that the performance space is a listening room.
General Admission. Theatre Style Seating, cocktail lounge and standing / dancing room.
Tickets DISCOUNT Early Bird pre-sale $20 available from The Metropole Guesthouse (during reception hours). Cnr of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW 2780.