Saturday, September 5, 2009



Isle of Man Guitar Festival

Harris Promenade Douglas Isle of Man

Price: £18.00


Isle of Man Guitar Festival

First held in August 2008, the Isle of Man & Manx Grand Prix "GuitarFest" was conceived as a long weekend of fantastic music for guitar lovers, featuring not only concerts but workshops and master-classes with top international stars. Scheduled to coincide with the end of the Manx Grand Prix, it's both a hit with residents and gives visiting race fans the chance to round off their stay on the Island with a feast of great live music. Naturally, non-bikeoholics are equally welcome to come and enjoy the atmosphere!

Guitar music embraces so many genres and playing styles, all with their own unique appeal. That's why we aim to offer an eclectic mix at GuitarFest, from rock, blues and folk to jazz, world and classical.

For 2009, we are delighted to welcome to the Isle of Man ... Pierre Bensusan, Gordon Giltrap, Gary Ryan, Rod Clements, Angelo Palladino, Michael Berk, Pete Smith & Roger Inniss, and Amrit Sond. Our headliners will generously be giving master-classes & workshops throughout the weekend, including one designed exclusively for bass guitar players, so come along, be inspired and meet fellow musicians.

IOM & MGP GuitarFest 2009 headline event.

A night of World, Folk and Contemporary acoustic guitar music from GuitarFest co-headliners

Pierre Bensusan (Guitar Player Magazine's "Best World Musician" 2008)and

Gordon Giltrap (2008 Lifetime Achievement Award – Ards International Guitar Festival)

with support from Michael Berk – solo instrumentalist.

There will also be Masterclasses

Weekend Masterclasses (Saturday & Sunday) are presented in association with Peter Norris Music and all will be held at the shop in Finch Road, Douglas.

Saturday Masterclasses
10:30am to 12 noon - Pierre Bensusan (DADGAD/Alternative Tunings Masterclass)
1pm to 2:30pm - Gary Ryan (Classical Workshop)
3pm to 4:30pm - Rod Clements (Slide Masterclass)

Sunday Masterclasses
1pm to 2:30pm - Roger Inniss (Bass Guitar workshop)
3pm to 4:30pm - Gordon Giltrap (Composition)

Masterclasses are priced at £5 per class for adults, £3 for young people. There will also be a masterclass "pass" available giving admission to all 5 masterclasses for £12.50 (£7.50 young people)

Tickets for masterclasses will be on a "first-come first-served" as only a limited number are available.

Festival Packages (including/excluding Workshops), Group Tickets, Concessions, etc. will be available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal or the Villa Marina and Gaiety Box Offices or by calling the Villa Gaiety Hotline 01624 694555.

Single event tickets will be available online from click on the "Calendar" link or go to

Please check availability of tickets and confirm date / start times with the organiser before setting out, as sometimes changes are unavoidable - thank you.

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