Famous guitarist Inishowen bound

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Teen guitar sensation Andreas Varady is to play at the Inishowen International Guitar festival.

The festival is delighted to showcase one of the guitar world’s rising stars Andreas Varadady and his Quartet at a special performance on Sunday 10th April at the Backroom at McGrory’s of Culdaff at 2.00pm.

Featured on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine, Andreas has won accolades from guitar greats such as Martin Taylor who plans to record with him.

Slovakia-born, Hungarian gypsy Andreas Varady has been playing the guitar since the age of four.

Taught by his father, Bandi, Andreas plays mainly by ear and was inspired at an early age by Django Reinhardt, and later Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Bireli Lagrene.

Now thirteen years old, he has lived in Ireland since 2008, and gained his first experiences from busking, and attending the Limerick Jazz Workshop. John McGory one of the organisers of the festival is looking forward to having the singer in Inishowen.

“Andreas first reached a national audience on RTE’s ‘The Guitar’ competition in 2009, and has since been featured on BBC and RTE television and radio.

He has also performed at many international festivals, including headlining spots at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Sligo Jazz Festival, Derry Jazz Festival and Cork Jazz Festival, among others.

“This summer, he attended New York’s Skidmore Jazz Institute, under scholarship from the combined Arts Councils of Ireland.”

Experienced musician

Irish drumming star David Lyttle regularly features Andreas in his group, often alongside international guests such as Soweto Kinch, Terell Stafford and Michael Janisch, and performs in Andreas own quartet. Andreas has also appeared with international guitar heroes Louis Stewart, Andreas Oberg, Frank Vingola, Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor, who recently featured him as a guest on his ‘Spirit of Django’ show at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

Andreas’ first studio recording, ‘Questions’, co-leading with David Lyttle, featuring Michael Janisch on bass and Bandi on rhythm guitar, was released in September. The CD includes two of Andreas’ originals, in addition to a solo version of ‘The Shadow of Your Smile’.