Ropewalk Guitar Festival

By petemitchell |

Three evenings and one afternoon of total guitar enjoyment are being played out in Barton  at the beginning of June.

The Ropewalk’s first ever Guitar Festival takes place from Thursday June 2 until Saturday June 4 and has been put together by the festival’s musical director Mark Keable of mtm promotions with a little help from Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

The Festival starts on a high on June 2 with the appearance of guitar virtuoso Martin Taylor.

Award winning Martin has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.

Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence.

The standard on the second and final day of the Festival does not falter with such accomplished players such as Dave Swarbrick, formerly of Fairport Convention, Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley, Paul Lidell, guitar wizard Walter Strauss and Ezio playing on the second and third days.

“This really is a feast of the finest quality guitar music – from jazz great Martin Taylor as the opener to an old Ropewalk favourite EZIO bringing the Festival to a close,” said Mark.

Numerous ticket options are available for the Festival including tickets for the individual sessions, Friday and Saturday sessions and Saturday sessions.

Tickets to see Martin Taylor cost £15.  For full details of the Festival and ticket prices go to www.roperyhall.co.uk

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