RHOSYGILWEN has a packed programme of performances and events this weekend.
They will be reaching out across the water to our Irish cousins on St Patrick’s Day to recreate the spirit of a ‘right old hooley’.
On Friday, 17 March, the venue will host a night of dancing, wild music, songs and poetry with the The Backroom Céilidh Band on this auspicious night in the Celtic calendar.
The band consists of Dave Hamilton playing fiddle, Harriet Earis on harp, and Bruce Cardwell singing and playing the pipes, and telling tall stories.
Diarmuid Johnson will join in on flute.
And on Saturday, 18 March, from 8pm to 11pm, Martin Roscoe and Liza Ferschtman will be performing.
Liza is well known on the Continent as a concerto soloist and chamber musician.
As a soloist she has played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and many other orchestras in Europe, and as a chamber musician, she has played the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the Concertgebouw.
The acclaimed pianist, Martin Roscoe, famed as a concerto soloist who played a memorable piano duo with Peter Donohoe at Rhosygilwen in 2015 is also welcomed back.
Celtic guitarist Tony McManus will then perform on Sunday, 19 March, from 8pm to 10pm.
Tony 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.
Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
Tony’s work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world, making regular appearances at guitar specific events where just a few years ago jigs and reels would be unheard of.
Whatever work McManus brings within his scope the listener is assured a journey into the depths of the music in the company of a great talent.
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