Tony McManus

Tony McManus is acknowledged as one of the leading Celtic guitarists in the world and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora, along with still further-ranging flavours, such as jazz and east European music. Long applauded for his uncanny ability to transpose the delicate, complex ornamentation characteristic of traditional bagpipe or fiddle tunes – even the phrasing of a Gaelic song – onto his own six strings, McManus is increasingly being referenced as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.