Tony McManus (Scotland) with Julia Toaspern (Germany)

August 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tony McManus (Scotland)

with Julia Toaspern (Germany)
Sunday August 26 @ 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Ticket Price: $31 pre-sale and on the door.



Tony McManus, “the best Celtic guitarist in the world”, has been invited back to Australia to perform at the Adelaide Guitar Festival. While here he will embark on a brief tour, including his only Sydney show at Petersham Bowling Club! Tony will be joined on this tour by German guitarist, fiddle-player and singer, Julia Toaspern.


From early childhood, Tony’s twin obsessions of traditional Celtic music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.


Never one to be typecast, Tony’s new album “Mysterious Boundaries” is his most ambitious to date. An encouraging challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque music – seemingly very different to the jigs and reels that he grew up with. By examining the boundaries between genres and sticking to his steel string guitar (rather than the conventional classical guitar) McManus has produced a work of great originality and beauty, hailed by his peers as “a masterpiece” (John Renbourn), “beyond beautiful… it’s PERFECT!” (Tommy Emmanuel) and which contains a truly remarkable rendition of Bach’s colossal Chaconne in D Minor – one of the greatest compositions of any age.


Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony’s work.


Their twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and not so old, tunes. They each play at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technique. Her violin can effortlessly morph into a fiddle as she weaves from Italian madrigal to Scottish reel. Julia’s songs go to the heart of love and loss, hope and survival and are inflected with musical input from a wide and eclectic experience of musical life. Tony’s and Julia’s arrangements are rooted in deep musicality and heartfelt expression. Having met over a conversation in Berlin about J.S. Bach, together they play and sing music that speaks to them and hopefully through them to a wider audience.


Websites: http://www.tonymcmanus.com



Tony (solo)

Mornings at Bonny Doon & The Laird of Drumblair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0V1dB-Dvqs

Bach’s Prelude in G major: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhrwsplorMw

Tony & Julia:

The Star of Munster & The Maid Behind The The Bar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p53HSQNVi0w

Fiddle Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLSC8Tjb_HA

Rolling Waves & Martin Wynne’s: