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Tony McManus at the Wynd Centre, Paisley 10/7/16

Virtuoso guitarist Tony McManus made a long awaited return to his home town,  Paisley, after a fourteen year absence to a warm reception from a sold out audience in the Wynd Venue. In what was a very intimate concert McManus enthralled the audience with his exquisite guitar playing. 

Now living in Elora in Ontario, this superb musician entertained from the outset showing some incredible dexterity in his fingers as they plucked note after note, chord after chord on his guitar. We were taken on a world tour of musical tunes from Canada, Brittany, Greece, France, Galicia, Wales and Scotland. During this musical tour the audience were treated to different styles of music including classical, folk, traditional and even jazz,  all played to an incredibly high standard and pace. Tony McManus played tunes which were written for, piano, fiddle, Highland pipes as well as the guitar. All this done without any sheet music or a playlist which showed a confidence and incredible memory from this talented musician. Inviting requests from the audience showed a further willingness to please this receptive crowd.

Should you get an opportunity to  see Tony in concert I would strongly recommend that you do so.  You will not be disappointed. You will be incapulated with the music and have sore ribs from laughing at the tales he regales you with. Without a doubt Tony McManus’s gigs are “Finger Picking Good”

Danny Matheson


Celtic Music Radio