Folkworks: Tony McManus

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Tony McManus is the best Celtic guitarist in the world.” John Renbourn

Virtuoso guitarist Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as one the foremost leading guitarists 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 his ancient art.

The listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament. That emotional connection lifts McManus’s playing beyond virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide are won over to this music.

In addition to solo albums there have been groundbreaking recordings with musicians as diverse as Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser and bluegrass legend Dan Crary. Tony’s new album ‘Mysterious Boundaries’ takes a different path altogether exploring the music of Bach, Couperin, Monteverdi, Satie and Granados.

Recognised with a Gold Medal by readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, McManus’s music has received high praise and critical acclaim.

“It’s a masterpiece. I’m reeling.” John Renbourn

“McManus’s playing is rave-worthy. Loaded with flawles ornamentation, most of which should only be attempted on a very well set-up fiddle, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender.” Premier Guitar |

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