City of Derry Guitar Festival

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher

City of Derry Guitar Festival offering Rory Gallagher electric guitar course

Applications Open

The 12th City of Derry Guitar Festival, which takes place 21-24 August 2014 in the state-of-the-art facilities of the North West Regional College, Derry/Londonderry, will be celebrating the music Rory Gallagher by offering an electric guitar course completely dedicated to this Irish rock legend.

The course will explore the techniques behind the unmistakable sound of Rory Gallagher and will be taught by local rock and blues guitarist Ted Lynch, who has more than 25 years of experience of playing in Ireland and abroad. Students will focus on two of Rory’s pieces, one from his earlier years and an acoustic blues piece from his later production. The course will cater for players of different abilities and age, and participants will have the opportunity to play on stage with a full band at the Student Gala Concert on Sunday 24th August.

The Festival also offers classical, acoustic and flamenco guitar courses featuring internationally acclaimed artists Carlos Bonell, Thibault Cauvin, Manus Noble, John Walsh and Gordon Giltrap and a Beginners Ukulele Course. Audiences will also be treated to a series of unique guitar concerts from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th August in the Foyle Theatre of the North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry.

Applications from guitarists of all standards are welcome. Download an application form on the website www.cityofderryguitarfestival.com, or email cityofderryguitarfestival@gmail.com to request one (course fees range from £120 non-residential to £255 residential for a full week end of classes). Concert tickets cost £12, £10 concession and £6 for students. For bookings please call 028 71311288 or send an email. The City of Derry Guitar Festival is funded by The Arts Council NI, the North West Regional College and the D’Addario Foundation.

Concerts

Thursday 21st August, 8pm

Opening Concert

Solo performances by Manus Noble (classical guitar) and John Walsh (flamenco guitar)

Foyle Theatre, North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry

£12 / £10 conc / £6 students

Friday 22nd August, 8pm

Gala Concert

Performances by Sound Of Strings playing Abba (classical & acoustic guitar) and Thibault Cauvin (classical guitar)

Foyle Theatre, North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry

£12 / £10 conc / £6 students

Saturday 23rd August, 8pm

World Stage

Solo Performances by Carlos Bonell (classical guitar) and Gordon Giltrap (Acoustic Guitar)

Foyle Theatre, North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry

£12 / £10 conc / £6 students

Sunday 24th August, 7pm

Student Gala

Solo and ensemble performances by the students, featuring the music of Rory Gallagher.

Foyle Theatre, North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry

Admission FREE