Next weekend is Big Guitar Weekend, Scotland’s guitar event of the year. Housed in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (map here) and directed by Allan Neave, it comprises courses, master classes and concerts.
The artists involved can be seen on the event’s dedicated website. Those involved include, Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl and Haddington’s own Malcolm MacFarlane. You can see a photo-stream of some of the people and places involved here.
Sadly, I’m going to miss most of this as I’ll be preparing for the launch of this:
The attendant website, www.loveburns.co.uk goes live on 5 Nov.
The Haddington Bridge Centre Music Project is offering a unique and free opportunity for young people, aged 12-25, to take part in a guitar master class on Sunday 26 September, 2.30-4.45. The class will be run by acclaimed guitarist Malcolm MacFarlane. A seasoned performer and recording artist, Malcolm also teaches at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.
Here is a poster which you could pass on to those you feel might benefit from this opportunity: Malcolm MacFarlane Masterclass
Haddington-based guitarist, Malcolm MacFarlane has released an interesting, download only, album of live improvisations with effects and looping technology. It’s entitled, Loops and Glitches and you can find out more here.
Here he is in a performance of All Of Me alongside Adam Bulley from last year’s Fringe:
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… and in a filmed practice session, soloing in Herbie Hancock’s Canteloupe Island:
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… and in a 2003 performance of ICE with the Scottish Guitar Quartet (note the elegant, efficient left-hand work at 1:09):
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Haddington’s own Malcolm MacFarlane let me know of a couple of forthcoming Scottish Guitar Quartet gigs:
Fri, 24 April, 8pm, The Lot, 4 Grassmarket, Edinburgh Tel: 0131 668 2019
Sun, 26 April, 8pm, City Halls (Recital Room), Glasgow Tel: 0141 353 8000
Here is a list of links to concerts in the Fringe featuring solo guitar, guitar duo, guitar in mixed ensemble & guitar/vocals. These links will take you to their entries in the fringe programme – giving details of dates, times, prices. Many of these artists have their own websites where you can hear samples of their playing.
Many of these gigs take place at The Acoustic Music Centre – follow the link to view their complete programme.
Andy McKee & Don Ross (two virtuosi of acoustic guitar – normally original material)
Adam Bulley & Malcolm MacFarlane (Malcolm is a Haddington-based jazz guitarist)
Antonio Forcione & Adrian Adewale (Italian guitar virtuoso with brazilian percussionist)
Bert Jansch (legendary folk guitarist)
Cafe Cadenza mercurial trumpet & recorder virtuoso John Sampson with guitarist/vocalist Stewart Hanratty
Camera Ritmata (jazz ensemble featuring former Knox lads Simon Thacker (guitar) Paul Kirby (piano)
Neil Wilson – Classical Guitar & World Music
Abigail James (music by Scottish composer, Eddie Maguire – for flute/guitar/piano)
Flamenco for Lunch
Geoff “Hurricane” Watson: Acoustic Hits
Gill Bowman – acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist (a Haddington lass)
Sean Shibe – extremely talented young, local classical guitarist
Jan Akkerman + Gareth Pearson (former Focus guitarist meets young acoustic wizard)
John Renbourn (legendary folk guitarist)
Romantic Guitar – Luca Villani
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenco
Sorros Duo – Music from Spain & Latin America (Phillip Thorne – of St David’s High School and RSAMD with Selina Madely)
Stefan Grossman (legendary folk guitarist)
Tony Monaco Organ Trio (there is a guitar in it, honest)
Women in Harmony (featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist, Karine Polwart) Check out their Myspace here