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Countdown to Wirral's 25th International Guitar Festival
FORMER Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook are among the host of stars lined-up for Wirral’s 25th International Guitar Festival.
Taking place from November 6-28, it will be staged at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton, the historic Birkenhead Priory and Williamson Art Gallery in Oxton.
The three-week celebration of all things guitar will be opened by British rock and roll legend Joe Brown at the Floral Pavilion.
Also appearing are Australian-born Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist John Williams and Paul Carrack; the Sheffield-born Legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics.
Also appearing is Ian McNabb, founder of 80’s Liverpool band Icicle Works supported by Cold Shoulder.
There will also be a series of classical concerts, with performances from Xuefei Yang and father and son duo Modjango.
Among the Wirral performers taking part is Gerry Murphy, with his particular brand of 'swamp-soul' influenced six-string symphonies. No stranger to the festival, Gerry has been playing and promoting in the area for over 20 years.
Phil Chisnall's band covers everything from folk to blues and country.
Natalie McCool, who was among the performers during Wirral’s second Festival Of Firsts in July, will be at the Floral Pavilion Plaza on November 21.
A 'singular voice surrounded by a constellation of guitar' Natalie’s guitar style is described in the festival programme as 'shifting from delicate finger style beginnings to chorus drenched Johnny Marr-esque riffing.'
Also among the Wirral line-up is Wallasey-based actor, writer and musician Carl Chase will perform the hits of ‘50s country singer Hank Williams during a special event of country and blues at Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge.
Liverpool Guitard Society will perform in John Willams’ after-show concert at the Floral Pavilion on November 14.
Its members have been rehearsing as a guitar orchestra, playing special arrangements for up to twelve guitarists.
During the evening they will play a selection of pieces including Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cakewalk, the Catalan folk song El Noi de la Mare, and Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance.
And folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span will take to the Floral’s stage on November 28 as part of the Wintersmith tour. The group features Maddy Prior, its voice for the last 38 years.
Festival director Dave Tracey said: "As the Guitar Festival approaches 25 years of age one reflects on the number of great guitarists who have visited Wirral over the years. Great players and great memories of performances that will never be forgotten.
"Soloists and groups who have played every genre of music and have shown the diverse nature of the guitar.
"The Guitar Festival has been the premiere cultural event in Wirral for 25years and hopefully will continue to be so for the next 25years and beyond.
"This year the festival has a fantastic cast of players who represent the past, present and future of the guitar."
Tickets and full programme details are from www.bestguitarfest.com or 0151 666 0000.
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