Dec 10, 2016
Festival Fling Sat 10 Dec 2016. Today’s concerts come from the stunning 27 The 2016 Stonehaven Folk Festival!
It brings you Paisley lad Tony McManus (now resident in Canada!)and residents in Glasgow The Scott Wood Band
My warmest thanks to The Stonehaven Folk Festival Committee and volunteers for once inviting me to the festival and to John Weatherby and Kris Koren of Sound Sense for grateful assistance in the recording of these concerts
Self taught , he released first self titled recording in 1996, followed by Pourquoi Quebec in 1999 which propelled him into world wide audience. While the release of Ceol More in 2002 that Tony’s stature reached new heights of recognition, in recognition of this he was nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditonal Music awards, in 2002 “Ceol More” hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and named “Live Ireland Awards” Album of the Year.
He had giged throughout the world from Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave and Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Kirkmichael, Scotland; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany. In 2004 he appeared at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in the “All Star Guitar Night” featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten and headlined by the legendary Les Paul. While also highlighting his talents at the more classical Dundee and Derry Guitar Festivals , Uppsala Guitar Festival , The Bogotá International Guitar Festival where he followed virtuoso Eduardo Fernandez.
Today his live work ranges from intimate solo performance through his trio with brothers Gary and Greg Grainger to the quartet Men of Steel (with fellow guitarists Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta and Don Ross). He is an enthusiastic collaborator both as a leader and as a sideman having worked with the top national and international artist He has collaborations and contributions to over 60 albums!
His 2009 release “The Makers’s Mark” saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars available. More recent releases are Mysterious Boundaries / Not Necessarily Celtic / Celtic Finger style Guitar and Round Trip with Beppe Gambetta
This a welcome return visit to the Stonehaven Folk Festival For Tony – I interviewed him at the festival and ply that for you at a later date! Enjoy!
The Scott Wood Band
The Scott Wood Band started off as a trio back in 2012 and burst forward as a band with their album ‘ Upsurge’ released August 2015 to a world wide audience .
“Much has changed since their first EP as a trio in 2012. The Scott Wood Band have embraced their musical and personnel change, and created a ground-breaking debut album entitled: Upsurge Described as “a collaboration of the most promising young Scottish Musicians”, and fronted by one of the world’s leading young bagpipers, the band features finalists from the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competitions. In 2014, they achievements were recognised when they were nominated as ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
They have collectively toured the world with bands such as: Mànran, Wolfstone, Skerryvore, Rura, The Mischa MacPherson Trio, Fat-Suit and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, and the band’s large and diverse following has already seen them entertain at many major festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
Scott is currently working on a new single which should be out early next year ! Will keep you up to date on that!
Dates for next years Stonehaven Folk Festival are 6 – 9 th July 2017
Programme will be repeated on Tuesday 13 th December 10- midnight