From his early years, playing blues on Chicago's South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul Asbell has earned an underground reputation as a musician's musician. Acoustic Guitar magazine described him as follows: ....veteran guitarist finger-picks his way through a stylistically diverse collection of tunes plucked from the Great American musical canon and plays with finesse, imagination and humor.
Guitar Player magazine sited Paul for "exploring a spectrum of styles. With steady hands and a relaxed sense of swing, he tackles bouncy ragtime fingering, crisp flatpicking, and lush, jazzy chording with equal aplomb."
"Atchafalaya" - https://youtu.be/Qy96Sycq5dg
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 – Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Asturias, Cape Breton, Quebec. McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.
"The Sleeping Tune" - https://youtu.be/n6_pT4LX4tE
TONY McMANUS will be presenting a 2 hour workshop at Ben & Bucky's Guitar Boutique in South Burlington at 3:00 p.m.
TONY McMANUS will be presenting a 2 hour workshop at Ben & Bucky's Guitar Boutique in South Burlington at 3:00 p.m. the day of the concert. The class will be limited to 15 participants.
Mastering the fingerboard in altered tunings
How do we tame the fingerboard so that we can turn lists of letters (DADGAD, CGCDGCD, DADGBE etc) into tools to make music? We'll look at an accessible tune in each of these and the mechanics of making an arrangement that exploits the tuning.
November 30, 3-5 pm, $40.