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The inaugural 2014 Sandwich Guitar Festival burst onto the Sandwich scene on 2nd October 2014 with a dazzling array of concerts over 4 days from five musicians that were simply world-
Friday evening saw the UK bluesman Larry Miller on-
Saturday afternoon and the first workshop event: Bob Drury, festival organiser and guitarist in his own right, held a ‘blues from scratch’ session for around 25 guitarists. Some of the players were new to the guitar but by the end of the afternoon this impromptu guitar ‘orchestra’ were ripping into a ‘blues in A’ for massed guitars with some pretty wild solo playing by a number of the guitarists present! Click through to paypal to buy a copy of the tabs and CD used in this session -
Saturday evening and it was the turn of the ‘jazzers’ to take to the stage. Nigel Price (guitar) Matt Home (drums) and Ross Stanley (Hammond organ) played a pristine set of finely crafted tunes with contributions from the likes of Wes Montgomery. Nigel is rapidly becoming known as one of the best jazz guitar players in the country; indeed this gig was the ninth of a forty date 2014 UK tour! His virtuosity was match by the skills of both Ross and Matt as the three musicians took the audience on a largely improvised journey through their own unique soundscape.
Sunday, the final day of the festival, was billed as ‘nylon strings’ day and featured a charming and, at times, emotionally powerful set of tunes by the West End regular David Buckingham. David has already completed a U.S. tour this year and recently returned from China as guitarist for the dancer Carlos Acosta in the Royal Ballet’s touring production of ‘Don Quixote’. David performed his own compositions from his last two CDs and used flamenco techniques to augment his own arrangements of popular tunes such as ‘Flashdance, What a Feeling’ and ‘Cavatina’.
Three Kent based young guitarists, Jacob Turner-
The programme for Gary's evening concert was impressive and varied and took the audience from Ireland, Scotland, Japan, France, America and finally to Africa with a mixture of guitar repertoire classics and his own inspired compositions. The sound of Gary's guitar in the wonderful space of St. Mary's Church was simply mesmerising and the percussive techniques and special effects Gary used in his own compositions were both unusual and inspired!
The so called ‘Festival Guitar’ was signed by all of the performers (see gallery on this page) on the front and, for a charity donation of £5.00, audience members were encouraged to sign the back of the guitar. £265.00 was raised over the four days and this will be presented to the Great Oaks Small School in Minster towards their musical equipment fund (watch this space for news…)
Laura Drury, co-
The Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Sandwich were present at the closing concert. Cllr Paul Graeme made a closing speech and reminded everyone present that the festival will be back in St. Mary’s Arts Centre next year over the first weekend in October.
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