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ARDS
International
GUITAR FESTIVAL

          11–15
          APRIL

         2018
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GIG GUIDE                                              21st Ards International
                                                       Guitar Festival 2018

    WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL
    TIME                    EVENT                                     VENUE                  PRICE
    8.00pm                  Craig Ogden                               The Queen’s Hall       £15
                            Support from The Classical Guitar
                            Society of Northern Ireland

    THURSDAY 12 APRIL
    TIME                    EVENT                                     VENUE                  PRICE
    11.00am–12.30pm         Guitar Clinic with Craig Ogden            Ards Arts Centre       £10

    7.15pm                  Talking Pictures:                         The Web Theatre        £5
                            Crossroads (1986)

    8.00pm                  The 4 of Us                               The Queen’s Hall       £12
                            Support from Orlaith & Mollie

    10.00pm                 Mark Braidner                             The Ivy Bar            FREE

    FRIDAY 13 APRIL
    TIME                    EVENT                                     VENUE                  PRICE
    1.00pm–2.00pm           Ben Forte                                 Ards Arts Centre       FREE

    1.00pm                  Tour of Avalon Guitar factory             Avalon Guitar          FREE
                                                                      factory

    2.00pm–3.30pm           Guitar Clinic with Thomas Leeb            Ards Arts Centre       £10

    8.00pm                  Thomas Leeb                               The Queens Hall        £15
                            Support from Gary Lutton
                            and Tommy Loose

    10.00pm                 The Woodburning Savages                   The Ivy Bar            £5

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Box Office: +44 (0)28 9181 0803

 SATURDAY 14 APRIL
 TIME                  EVENT                               VENUE                   PRICE
 12.00pm               Tour of the Avalon Guitar factory   Avalon Guitar           FREE
                                                           factory

 2.00pm–3.30pm         Guitar Clinic with Clive Carroll    The Ivy Bar             £10

 1.00pm                Tour of the Avalon Guitar factory   Avalon Guitar           FREE
                                                           factory

 1.00pm                String Ninjas                       Ards Arts Centre        FREE

 2.00pm                Metropolis                          Kiltonga Hall           £5

 4.00pm–5.30pm         Guitar Clinic with Daniel Marx      Ards Arts Centre        £10

 8.00pm                Martin Simpson                      The Queen’s Hall        £15
                       Support from John Tracey
                       and Clive Carroll

 10.00pm               Bowana                              The Ivy Bar             £5

 SUNDAY 15 APRIL
 TIME                  EVENT                               VENUE                   PRICE
 11.30am–1.00pm        Classic Album Brunch with           Ards Arts Centre        £8
                       Ralph McLean

 12.00–1.30pm          Guitar Clinic with                  Ards Arts Centre        £10
                       Martin Simpson

 2.00pm                Classic and Contemporary at         Kiltonga Hall           £8
                       Kiltonga with Daniel Marx and
                       Matthew Malcolm

 4.00pm                Weekend Wind Down with Saffyre      The Ivy Bar             £5
                       support from Edelle McMahon

Special thanks to Anthony Toner as guest programmer and to Marty Coney at the Ivy Bar,
Ernie McMillen and the team at Avalon Guitars, Lowden Guitars and to Paul McMordie, Paul
O’Neill and Darren Porter.

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Craig Ogden                                                                  GUI
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WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CLASSICAL
GUITAR SOCIETY OF NORTHERN IRELAND

Wednesday 11 April, 8.00pm
Venue: The Queen’s Hall, Newtownards
Tickets: £15, includes a glass of wine/soft drink

Australian-born guitarist Craig studied guitar   Craig has performed with the world’s leading
from the age of seven and in 2004 became         orchestras, including the Philharmonia,
the youngest instrumentalist to receive a        London Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata,
Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern         Ulster Orchestra, Hallé and Bournemouth
College of Music in Manchester.                  Symphony, among others.
His recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos,          In 2017 he gave the world première of a
Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have       concerto written for him by Andy Scott
received wide acclaim.                           with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in
                                                 Manchester.
                                                 Regularly appearing as soloist and chamber
                                                 musician, he was invited by John Williams
                                                 to perform with him at London’s Globe,
                                                 among other venues. Craig Ogden is Head
                                                 of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of
                                                 Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of
                                                 Western Australia, Curator of Craig Ogden’s
                                                 Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall in
                                                 Manchester, and 2017-18 Visiting Musician at
                                                 Oriel College, Oxford.

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The Classical
Guitar Society
of Northern
Ireland
IN SUPPORT OF CRAIG OGDEN

CGSNI aims to promote locally the classical guitar and
its music. The Society meets once a month in the Ulster
College of Music and is open to players of all ages and
abilities as well as those who simply have an interest in the
classical guitar.
The Society meetings provide an opportunity for amateur
players to perform for each other in a supportive
environment, and experienced players are on hand to offer
advice and encouragement.
There are many opportunities for ensemble playing and
the Society promotes a number of workshops each year
assisted by guitarists Sean Woods (Derry) and Patrick Zeoli
(Berlin).

www.cgsni.org

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THE WEB THEATRE’S TALKING PICTURE SERIES PRESENTS

Crossroads (1986)
Thursday 12 April
Pre-film music and discussion 7.15pm, Film 8.00pm
Venue: The Web Theatre
Tickets: £5

Directed by Walter Hill
Starring: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz
Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old
pro who knows it. Together, they’re headed to a place where deals are made. And legends
are born.
Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar, but he dreams of being a famous Blues
guitarist. He asks the legendary Blues musician Willie Brown to help him, but Willie demands to
free him from the old-people’s prison first and to really learn the blues on the way to its origin:
Mississippi Delta. Eugene doesn’t know yet about Willie’s deal with the devil, that he now wants
to revoke.
 ith a soundtrack provided by Steve Vai and Ry Cooder this is a nostalgic trip down memory
W
lane for guitar fans everywhere.
Join us from 7.15pm for a pre-show discussion by local film historian Robert JE Simpson and some
 smokin’ Delta Blues by Mark Braidner that will continue at The Ivy Bar after the screening.

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Mark Braidner
Thursday 12 April, 10.00pm
Venue: The Ivy Bar
Tickets: FREE

One of the mainstays of the local blues scene, Mark
Braidner is a superb guitarist and singer with a beautiful and
authentic feel.
Mark is influenced primarily by the pre-war Delta Blues and
Ragtime styles prevalent in the Southern States of America
during the 1920’s and 30’s. As well as being blessed with a
wonderful repertoire, he’s a great player, equally home on
six and twelve-string acoustic, resonator guitar and lap-style
slide.
Among his favourite artists and influences are some of the
greatest names of the genre – Charley Patton, Bo Carter
and Blind Willie McTell. Mark will play solo in advance of the
Crossroads movie, but will be joined by Michael Conway on
drums and percussion for the post-film performance at the
Ivy Bar.
www.markbraidner.bandcamp.com

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The 4 of Us
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ORLAITH AND MOLLIE

Thursday 12 April, 8.00pm
Venue: The Queen’s Hall
Tickets: £12

Listed in TV3’s Top 10 Best Irish Bands of All Time, The 4 Of Us have been a steadfast part of
Irish music history for over 25 years.
In their critically acclaimed two-man show, brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy blend
contemporary roots with rock: melodic songs and interweaving acoustic guitars, propelled by a
stomp box rhythm.
The 4 Of Us shot to early fame in 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured
the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down.
Sugar Island, their latest album, explores the Murphy brothers’ early years growing up in a
border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
As singer Brendan recalls: “It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a
lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d
share some of ours.”
“Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric.”
– Irish News, live review
www.the4ofus.com

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IN SUPPORT OF THE 4 OF US
TWO SHINING YOUNG STARS OF
                                          Orlaith
    THE LOCAL GUITAR SCENE                and Mollie
Orlaith and Mollie are an energetic teenage duo from Belfast who play material from a
wide range of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and ABBA along with their
own originals.
The two started off busking outside Victoria Square and after making a few successful
cover videos on Facebook, they began gigging and making radio appearances, most
recently supporting Flash Harry at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

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Thomas Leeb
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WITH SPECIAL GUESTS TOMMY LOOSE AND GARY LUTTON

Friday 13 April, 8.00pm
Venue: The Queen’s Hall
Tickets: £15, Bar available

Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he
wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert
at fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen. Now one of the truly
legendary figures in acoustic music, Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in
Asia, the Americas and Europe, and his album Desert Pirate was voted one of the essential
albums of the last twenty years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His guitar style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What
sets him apart is his ability to make pyrotechnics serve the music. All this has earned him a
loyal world-wide following and influential fans such as Eric Roche, Jon Gomm, who awarded
him ‘ten out of ten Gomms’ and Guthrie Govan who thinks that ‘what Thomas does on an
acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal’.

www.thomasleeb.com

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IN SUPPORT OF THOMAS LEEB
    TWO EXCEPTIONAL CONTEMPORARY PERCUSSIVE/FINGER STYLE GUITARISTS

Tommy Loose
Based in the East of England, Tommy Loose has been
working his way around the contemporary acoustic
scene for the past 15 years or so.
Finding the Harp Guitar in 2011, he has since performed
all over the world, from California to London to
Shanghai and many places in between. He is set to
release his 4th solo album, ‘The Antique Factory’ in April
2018, with vocals also now heavily feature in his set.
Tommy continues to play live gigs whenever he gets
the opportunity, pursuing both his solo career and
continuing his collaborative work. Tommy is also a
dedicated music teacher, tutoring his students in a
variety of instruments.
www.tommyloose.com

Gary Lutton
Gary Lutton’s unique style consists of an eclectic variety
of music with a unique approach to fingerstyle guitar –
often meditative and choreographical.
In 2015, Gary won the UK/Ireland TV competition Guitar
Star and has since toured in the UK, Europe and USA,
sharing the stage with Thomas Leeb, Newton Faulkner,
Antoine Dufour, and as part of the Nitin Sawhney
band. As a signed artist of the US-based record label
Fretmonkey Records he is now working towards his first
full-length album, to be recorded later this year.
Gary is also a final-year PhD student at Ulster developing   He’s got that soul and grace in
new improvisational concepts for modern fingerstyle          his playing. Rodrigo Sanchez
guitar and the co-ordinator of the Belfast Guitar Night.     (Rodrigo y Gabriella)

www.garylutton.com

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The Wood
Burning Savages
Friday 13 April, 10.00pm
Venue: The Ivy Bar
Tickets: £5

Formed in Derry City, The Wood Burning Savages are a fast-paced punk rock band who proudly
wear the edgy spirit of their hometown on their sleeves. Pulsating riffs and a sharp political
edge have led to comparison with artists such as Manic Street Preachers, The Clash and
Queens of the Stone Age.
Performances serve up a cocktail of breakneck guitars and frenzied anthems. Led by frontman
Paul Connolly, the band shares gritty tales of disillusion, giving a voice to a generation more
marginalised than ever before. In recent months The Wood Burning Savages have supported
fast-rising rock acts The Amazons, VANT and Fangclub, as well as playing a hometown show
with guitar heroes And So I Watch You From Afar.
Having played the ‘BBC Introducing’ stage at Glastonbury, the band went on to play riotous
sets throughout Europe. This is set to be a groundbreaking year for the band, with more live
shows than ever and a debut album in the works…
‘A tirade of virtuosic musicianship that needs measurement on the Richter Scale’ – Hot Press

www.thewoodburningsavages.com

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THEN MAN
                       MADE A
                      MACHINE

Saturday 14 April, 2.00pm
Venue: Kiltonga Hall
Tickets: £5, includes Tea/Coffee

Then Man Made a Machine is a new soundtrack to the 2010 restoration
version of Fritz Lang’s classic sci-fi epic Metropolis. Then Man Made a
Machine are the musical dynamic duo of Misters Paul McMordie (no
stranger to the world of silent film with this his seventh rescore) and the
wonderful Neil Hughes of ‘Cut n Blinks’ fame.
Kiltonga Hall provides an intimate and atmospheric venue for this
newly composed score to Fritz Lang’s classic silent film Metropolis. The
score will be performed live, accompanied by vocalist Niamh Lundy,
soundscapist Joel McMordie and music producer Conor Edgar.

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Martin                                                                            GUI
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Simpson
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS CLIVE CARROLL AND JOHN TRACEY

Saturday 14 April, 8.00pm
Venue: The Queen’s Hall
Tickets: £15

In the 18 year history of the BBC Radio 2 Folk      ‘Martin is in a class of his own. He is such
Awards, Martin Simpson has been nominated          an expressive player; he is ingenious in his
an astonishing 31 times – testament to the         use of the guitar. You can listen to one of his
reputation and work of this acoustic guitar        songs and three or four minutes in, he has
legend.                                            only used the top four strings and not even
                                                   played a bass note yet, and when he does, it
His remarkable intimate solo performances
                                                   feels like an orchestra coming in. His clarity of
go from strength to strength – every gig is a
                                                   playing is just amazing’ – Jackson Browne
masterclass. Four decades after he recorded
his first album, Golden Vanity, he’s equally       www.martinsimpson.com
at home playing English traditional folk,
American blues and his own compositions.
Listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic
Guitarists of all time, Martin was voted
number 12 guitarist in the world by readers of
Acoustic Guitar magazine in 2005.
He continues to collaborate with a dazzling
array of artists: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor,
June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt,
Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo and Richard
Thompson among them. In recent years, he
has been a lynchpin in the award-winning
Full English: The Elizabethan Sessions – and
his 2017 solo album Trails and Tribulations (on
Topic Records) has attracted rave reviews.

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IN SUPPORT OF MARTIN SIMPSON
    TWO EXCEPTIONAL CONTEMPORARY PERCUSSIVE/FINGERSTYLE GUITARISTS

Clive Carroll John Tracey
“...sensational instrumental music that knows    Fast developing a reputation as a superb
no boundaries” – Acoustic Magazine               homegrown guitar talent, Belfast-based John
                                                 Tracey has played various instruments over
Clive Carroll has been acclaimed for his
                                                 the course of twenty years, and has now
masterful compositions, his versatility and
                                                 established himself primarily as an acoustic
technical virtuosity. Inspired by his parents’
                                                 fingerstyle guitarist.
love of old time American music, the young
Clive was soon playing in the family band        Affectionately described by Gary Lutton
on a homemade banjo. By his teens he was         (Guitar Star UK winner 2015) as a ‘guitar
covering soul, pop, funk, and traditional        genius’, Tracey’s music incorporates a mix
Irish music. Clive went on to earn a 1st Class   of blues, folk, jazz, ragtime and rock, and
Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar         he has taken inspiration from artists and
from Trinity College of Music in London,         composers such as Tommy Emmanuel,
and by the time he graduated, had not only       Randy Newman, James Taylor, Koji Kondo
penned orchestral works, but also an album’s     and Alan Menken. In the contemporary
worth of solo acoustic guitar music. A chance    world of fingerstyle guitar, where complex
meeting with guitar legend John Renbourn         effects, percussive playing and open tunings
inspired Clive’s debut album, Sixth Sense,       prevail, Tracey takes a more melodic and
and Renbourn took Clive on the road, touring     transparent approach to his arrangements
North America and Europe together.               and compositions – using nothing but his
                                                 hands and his guitar, his clear, memorable
Clive has garnered praise worldwide – lauded
                                                 melody lines shine through in the use of
guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is a fan, citing his
                                                 dynamic harmonies and rhythms.
album The Red Guitar as one of his desert
island discs.                                    John is working on a debut solo album in
                                                 early 2018.
www.clivecarroll.co.uk
                                                 www.facebook.com/johntraceymusic

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BOWANA
Saturday 14 April, 10.00pm
Venue: The Ivy Bar
Tickets: £5

Featuring some of Northern Ireland’s rock & roll royalty, Bowana have been gigging since
2015 and offer a potent brew of blues, rock, funk and soul. Roe Butcher, on bass, was one of
the linchpins of two of the north coast’s most legendary groups, XDreamysts and The Mighty
Shamrocks. Roe was also long-time bassist and close friend of Henry McCullough, and played
an important role in Henry’s live performances.
Drew Hamill (lead guitar) has graced rock, blues and jazz bands over the years and is
possessed of a unique and fiery blues-based guitar style. Vocalist David Kane has fronted
a number of bands over the years while living in England, and has recorded in Nashville.
Drummer Willis Beckett hails originally from Coleraine but has played and taught extensively
in London and New Zealand. The band stays true to the legacy of much-respected founder
member guitarist Sam Nevin, who passed away in 2017. The band are working on an album for
a 2018 release.

www.facebook.com/bowana1234

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CLASSIC ALBUM BRUNCH

Us and Them:
Dark Side of
the Moon 45th
anniversary
ILLUSTRATED TALK – RALPH MCLEAN DISCUSSES THE
ENDURING APPEAL OF ONE OF ROCK’S MASTERWORKS

Sunday 15 April, 11.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Ards Arts Centre
Tickets: £8, includes tea/coffee and brunch option

Four and a half decades ago, one of rock music’s mightiest and biggest selling albums of all
time emerged from the shadows – Dark Side of the Moon was Pink Floyd’s eighth and still
best-known album.
Partly inspired by the deterioration of the band’s former frontman Syd Barrett, the songs on
the 1973 album also dealt with themes of greed, conflict and the passing of time. Although the
songs were shorter and more focussed than previous Floyd output, the recording process at
Abbey Road involved some very advanced techniques for the time, and included snippets of
recorded interviews sprinkled throughout the album – including a memorable cameo from the
young Henry McCullough, who was recording Red Rose Speedway with Paul McCartney and
Wings in one of the adjacent studios.
It went on to sell over 45 million copies and remains one of the most successful albums of all
time. The unmistakable soulful sound of David Gilmour’s guitar was to the fore throughout the
album, and has made it one of the greatest guitar albums ever. For this special illustrated talk,
Ralph McLean will reveal some of the stories behind the creation of the album and discuss its
enduring influence.

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Daniel
                                    Marx
                                    AND SPECIAL GUEST MATTHEW MALCOLM

                                    Sunday 15 April, 2.00pm
                                    Venue: Kiltonga Hall
                                    Tickets: £8, includes refreshments

                                    Daniel Valentin Marx began playing the guitar
                                    at the age of seven in the Kreismusikschule
                                    Erding, and studied under Professor Roberto
                                    Aussel at the Musikhochschule of Cologne,
                                    graduating with honours in 2016.
                                    Aged 17, Daniel debuted as a classical soloist,
                                    playing the guitar concertos of Vivaldi with
                                    the chamber orchestra of Erding. In addition,
                                    he has appeared on Bavarian national radio,
                                    the national radio of West-Germany and
                                    Radio Nacional Argentina among others.
                                    Thanks to a Thornton Scholarship, Daniel is
                                    carrying forward his studies at the University
                                    of Southern California in Los Angeles, and
                                    continues to work in numerous academies and
                                    masterclasses. His debut album will come out
                                    in 2018.
                                    Dedicated to the discovery of new guitar
                                    music, Daniel is a founding member of the
                                    Cologne-based ensemble Electronic ID, and is
                                    also the artistic director of the guitar festival
                                    in his Bavarian hometown Dorfen and Artist
                                    in Residence at the Max Kade Institute in Los
                                    Angeles.
                                    www.danielmarx.net

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IN SUPPORT OF DANIEL MARX
              MATTHEW MALCOLM
Matthew Malcolm, originally from Larne and now based in Newtownards, has been on the
Northern Ireland music scene for over four years. Described by BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The
Line as ‘acoustic mastery’, his original material has been influenced by John Martyn, Pearl Jam,
Tommy Emmanuel and Jeff Buckley.
As a contemporary acoustic guitarist his music is typified by gritty low chords on alternative
tunings, unusual vocal melodies and complimentary guitar breaks. Combined with powerful
percussion and rhythmical grooves, Matthew’s original material has seen him win the 2014
Banbridge Buskfest and perform at a range of festivals including Sunflowerfest, The Atlantic
Sessions, Ards International Guitar Festival, Belfast Guitar Festival and many more.
Matthew spent 2017 writing and preparing new material and will be releasing his first full length
album ‘Superimpose’ in 2018, including the title track from his 2015 debut EP ‘Gravity’ as well as
brand new tracks.
www.matthewmalcolm.com

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As the festival enters
    its last day, The Ivy
                                  SAFFYRE
                                  WITH SPECIAL GUEST EDELLE MCMAHON
    Bar welcomes a
    wonderful afternoon           Sunday 15 April, 4.00pm
                                  Venue: The Ivy Bar
    of mellow acoustic            Tickets: £5
    music from some of
    Northern Ireland’s            Northern Irish family band Saffyre is made
                                  up of sisters Shauneen and Maria and cousin
    finest female guitar          Emma. The girls grew up in a large family
                                  where music and singing was a huge part
    players and singers           of their lives and they were influenced by
                                  Country, Folk, Pop, Blues, Irish Trad and Rock.

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The melodies and harmonies which are         SUPPORT FOR THIS SPECIAL AFTERNOON
signature to the Saffyre sound are a         SHOW WILL BE COURTESY OF
culmination of these influences and the
three part harmony they have honed and
perfected over years of recording and live   Edelle
performance.
After several releases here at home, the
                                             McMahon
girls travelled to Florida to work with      One of Ireland’s finest singer songwriters,
Grammy Award winning producer Jim            Edelle recently released her long-awaited
Jonsin who co-wrote and produced the         debut album entitled Adventures In
girls current release ‘Run For Your Life’.   Narcissism. “It’s not actually all about me, I
The track has recently secured a place on    just loved the title. It made me laugh,” insists
the playlists of RTE Radio 1, Downtown,      the Monaghan native, now resident in Belfast.
Downtown Country and U105.
                                             This is the tongue in cheek title of the
www.saffyremusic.com                         album, a five-year culmination of writing
                                             and recording, which has received glowing
                                             reviews from journalists, bloggers and radio
                                             presenters. Edelle’s captivating vocals and
                                             intricate guitar picking frame songs that
                                             feature a wry world view and incisive insight
                                             into character.
                                             www.edellemcmahon.com

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Classical Guitar with                             fingerstyle Guitar with

Craig Ogden                                       Thomas Leeb
Thursday 12 April, 11.00am                        Friday 13 April, 2–3.30pm
– 12.30pm                                         Venue: Ards Arts Centre
Venue: Ards Arts Centre                           Tickets: £10
Tickets: £10

For this special workshop, Craig encourages       As well as being a mesmerising performer,
students to bring any musical pieces they         Thomas Leeb is also an extremely generous
have problems with, ‘so we can look at issues     and well-loved tutor. He has run workshops
as a group and discuss fixes.’ Craig will spend   and boot camps throughout the world,
some time focusing on right-hand technique        and his Boot Camps at the Leeb ranch in
and will bring some copies of exercises for       California have become legendary.
everyone to work from.
                                                  This workshop offers a chance for emerging
Craig will also discuss practice technique        guitar talents to find out more about Thomas’
– and perhaps use examples in material            techniques and approach to the instrument.
brought by the students to illustrate. ‘We        Thomas will introduce participants to open
might also touch on posture, breathing and        tunings and multi-layered grooves and riffs in
relaxation, performance psychology and            fingerstyle guitar.
positive thinking, left hand position and
                                                  PLEASE BRING YOUR GUITAR
technique,’ he adds.
PLEASE BRING YOUR GUITAR

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3 FOR THE PRICE OF 2                                         GUI
                                                                TAR CLINIC
BOOK 2 CLINICS AND RECEIVE A 3RD
CLINIC OF YOUR CHOICE FOR FREE!

ragtime Guitar with                             classical Guitar with

Clive Carroll                                   Daniel Marx
Saturday 14 April, 2–3.30pm                     Saturday 14 April, 4–5.30pm
Venue: The Ivy Bar (upstairs)                   Venue: Ards Arts Centre
Tickets: £10                                    Tickets: £10

Clive Carroll offers a workshop in the world    In this unique and intimate classical guitar
of ragtime – with the chance to learn an        clinic Daniel will guide participants through
entire tune in an hour…! In this introduction   his daily warm up routine and will highlight
to the wonderful rag style of playing,          the most important elements of his classical
students will learn Clive’s ‘Montreal Rag’      guitar techniques.
- which uses an alternating-string thumb
                                                In the latter half of this Clinic participants
technique.
                                                who are willing to play some pieces of their
For those who want to further develop their     repertoire will benefit from peer critique and
individual interpretations, Clive will also     advice from Daniel.
be bringing variations which incorporate
                                                Daniel will also talk through the processes
arpeggios, walking bass lines and more! The
                                                involved in the recording of the classical
workshop is geared toward players with at
                                                guitar for his latest album.
least a couple of years of experience playing
fingerstyle guitar.                             PLEASE BRING YOUR GUITAR AND ANY
                                                QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE FOR DANIEL
PLEASE BRING YOUR GUITAR

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3 FOR THE PRICE OF 2                   GUI
                                                                            TAR CLINIC
                                  BOOK 2 CLINICS AND RECEIVE A 3RD
                                  CLINIC OF YOUR CHOICE FOR FREE!

technique Q&A with                    Martin’s guitar workshop is open to players of all

Martin
                                      levels – you just have to be desirous of learning.
                                      Come armed with as many questions as you

Simpson
                                      can think of to do with the guitar, and immerse
                                      yourself in all things guitar-related for a couple
                                      of hours. The workshop will be completely
                                      question-led and will not involve anyone –
Sunday 15 April, 12.00-1.30pm         except Martin – playing in front of anyone else
                                      during the workshop.
Venue: Ards Arts Centre
Tickets: £10                          Martin is often working on new arrangements
                                      at the time of his workshops, and is happy to
                                      demonstrate how he chooses songs or starts
                                      to work on tunes and original ideas. Above all
                                      though, the workshop is determined by the
                                      things participants want to talk about – and
                                      everyone from beginners to professionals come
                                      away inspired and energised by the experience!
                                      PARTICIPANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BRING
                                      A GUITAR

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fringe Events
     BEN FORTE
     Friday 13 April, 1.00–2.00pm
     Venue: Ards Arts Centre,
              Georgian Gallery
     Tickets: FREE (Booking advised)

     Ben has been playing and creating music on
     electric guitar for 13 years. In the past year he
     has begun to experiment more with acoustic
     fingerstyle guitar influenced by the work of
     Tommy Emmanuel, Andrea Valeri and other
     well-known pieces arranged for guitar. If you
     like what you hear you can catch Ben in bars
     in Belfast as part of an acoustic duo called
     ‘Common Ground’.

     STRING
     NINJAS
     Saturday 14 April, 1.00-2.00pm
     Venue: Ards Arts Centre
     Tickets: FREE (Booking advised)

     Formed in early 2017 by Gavin Ferris and
     Mick Conlon, this talented duo have hit the
     ground running, amazing audiences with
     their upbeat, fresh live performances which
     include witty banter and some astonishing
     playing. No genre is safe as everything gets
     the Ninja treatment from this pair of superb
     players, including the theme from Game of
     Thrones and more…
     www.facebook.com/stringninjas

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An Exploration of
the Relationship
Between Music
and Art
A SOLO EXHIBITION BY STEVE MCDOWELL

Thursday 29 March – Sunday 15 April
Preview: Thursday 29 March, 7-9pm
Venue: Georgian Gallery, Ards Arts Centre
Tickets: FREE

Inspired by music all his life and a
previous incarnation from running
his own music shop for years, Steve
produces hand painted acrylic
images of some of his favourite
musical artists through the years.
A fan of stark graphic simplicity, clean
lines, the work of Andy Warhol and
the Pop Art movement Steve tries to
recreate the inspiration on canvas of
the spirit each of these artists have
given him through music.
fb.me/stevemcdowellart

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Tours of the
Avalon Guitar
Factory
Friday 13 April 1.00pm
Saturday 14 April
12.00pm and 1.00pm
Venue: Avalon Guitar Factory
Tickets: FREE Booking essential

This unique tour provides visitors with an
insight to the production line of the hand
crafted guitar. Your guide and Luthier will take
you through the various sections of the factory
demonstrating the step-by-step processes,
from timber preparation to the stringing and
tuning of the celebrated Avalon guitar.
Three tours have been arranged which are free
of charge – advance booking is essential as
spaces are limited.
No ticket… no tour!

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PAYMENT/ BOOKINGS
Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone at Ards Arts Centre with credit
cards, cash and cheques. Tickets can also be purchased from any of Ards and North
Down Borough Council’s Visitor Information Centres, and North Down Museum.
You can book online at www.ardsguitarfestival.co.uk
Please note that tickets cannot be held without payment and are non-refundable.
There will be a £1 postage charge on all tickets posted out.

BOX OFFICE
Ards Arts Centre Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4NP
Opening Hours                    Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
                                 Friday 9am-4.30pm
                                 Saturday 10am-4pm

                             www.ardsguitarfestival.co.uk
          Tel: +44 (0) 28 9181 0803 email: ardsguitar@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

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