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International Guitar Festival 2010

Published: Thu October 14, 2010  News Feed

A Dolphin Music favourite and must attend, The International Guitar Festival is now in its 22nd year based in the Wirral. The festival celebrates all things guitar, presenting concerts, workshops and related events throughout November. This year's festival features the usual eclectic mix of genres and artists that highlight the importance of the guitar within every form of music.

It is the longest running annual guitar festival and still one of the largest of its kind in the world. It has a great international following from both fans and players. Over the years a phenomenal 700 guitarists have performed at the festival. The guitarists who have brought their music to the festival include Chuck Berry, John Williams, Nils Lofgren, Jan Ackerman, Albert Lee, James Burton, Mick Taylor, Lucky Ranku, Woody Mann and festival patron, Martin Taylor - Only another 690 to go!

What's happening this year?

This year features concerts by Tom Paxton and Joe Brown as well as Steve Hackett's Electric Band and Rhythm and Blues phenomenon Wilko Johnson as part of the 'Oil City Confidential' tour. Jazz and blues are well represented by Les Bolger with his jazz arrangements for six guitarists, the solo work of John Goldie, lyrical and technically stunning. Also appearing are Michael Messer and Ed Genis playing an evening of deep blues. The Pedal Steel Guitar is not known as a mainstream jazz instrument but in the hands of the legendary B.J.Cole and his Lush life Trio, featuring Vibraphonist, Roger Beaujolais and Bass player, Simon Thorpe it soon will be.

One of the jazz events of the year will feature in the 2010 International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Trumpet virtuosi and composer, Guy Barker has been commissioned by the festival to compose a stunning new work for the great Martin Taylor. This will include Martin's Spirit of Django, Guy Barker's Jazz Orchestra and 25 musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a piece that celebrates the festival's long-term relationship with Martin Taylor. The new composition will interweave themes from Martin's own works as well as homage to his time playing with Stephane Grappelli. The centenary of Django Reinhardt is perfect timing for the premiere of this work that will truly evoke the spirit of Django and the spirit of the Guitar Festival.

Want to play at the festival?

The festival respects the tradition but looks forward to the future and this year is giving the opportunity for new artists to perform in a series of free lunch time concerts running most days throughout November in the Panoramic Lounge of the newly built Floral Pavilion, New Brighton.

A fun packed family day based all around the guitar is being held to close the festival “Six String Sunday”. This is a day filled with free workshops and sessions, live music from some great musicians along with some zany air guitar fun!

You can see all the event schedules at the International Guitar Festival website, we'll see you there!!

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