Monday, 22 July 2013

UK guitar festivals

As you can imagine there are loads of festivals throughout the year dedicated to the fabulous guitar and its beautiful sound. A few have already taken place in May, June and July which you can catch again next year. But come this October and November, there a plenty more to rock up to.

Llŷn Acoustic Guitar Festival, Llanbedrog, North Wales – 4-6th October 2013
Okay this fab festival in Llanbedrog, North Wales has got the lot. Entertainment in the form of concerts and workshops offering tuition from some of the top UK players. It’s also family-friendly with tourist hotspots on its doorstep for a varied break.

The Ullapool Guitar Festival, Ullapool, Scotland – 4-6th October 2013
This year’s 14th Ullapool Guitar Festival is also being held on the 4-6th October, so you’ll have to choose between this and a road trip to Llanbedrog, North Wales. If you opt for the Scottish Highlands, you’ll not only find breathtaking scenery, but late night festival clubs, concerts and workshops. The latter take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings so go easy on the beer the night before. Especially as you can test your playing skills on some of the best acoustic guitars around.

The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, New Brighton, Wirral – November 2013
Obviously the guitar takes centre stage at this festival and is spotlighted in solos, as well as holding its own in blues, reggae and rock band appearances. This year’s 24th annual festival includes the following performers, the Liverpool Guitar Society Ensemble, Tom Toomey, John Goldie, Esmond Selwyn, Modjango, Jaz Koule and Gerry Murphy, The Campbell Duo and Graham Anthony Devine.

Others to catch next year include Scotland’s Premier Public and Industry Guitar Music Event in May, Winchester Guitar Festival in June and Bath Guitar Festival in July.

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