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Tony McManus - Celtic Fingerstyle

To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. In little over ten years as a professional musician Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music.

From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony's hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.

* 2008 Gold medal, Acoustic Guitar Readers Choice Award USA

* 2002 Musician of the Year, BBC Folk Awards.

* 2002 Musician of the Year, Scottish Traditonal Music Awards.

"The best Celtic guitarist in the world"
John Renbourn

"Tony McManus is the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar"
Paul Reed Smith