Horslips’ star takes bow at Guitar Fest

Horslips guitarist Johnny Fean - being honoured at the Inishowen Guitar Festival next weekend.
Horslips guitarist Johnny Fean - being honoured at the Inishowen Guitar Festival next weekend.

Johnny Fean, Horslips seminal guitar player, will be honoured for his unique playing style and his influence on Irish rock music at the 3rd Inishowen International Guitar Festival which opens next Friday 28th Sept.

And the festival promises to be another cracker overall, with guests including Carl Verheyen, guitarist with Supertramp, and session players with the likes of Madonna and Ringo Starr.

A concert at McGrorys of Culdaff next Friday night will see Johnny Fean guest with Paddy Goodwin and the Holy Ghosts and he will be joined by Horslips members Charles O’Connor, Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin - a must, then, for all fans of the cult Irish band.

This unique event will place Johnny Fean front and centre in a festival which boasts an amazing international line-up. Visitors from the US include the Carl Verheyen Band, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniola and Muriel Anderson. These are all musicians with global reputations, with Carl Verheyen being guitarist with legendary Supertramp and one of the top session players in Los Angeles. Frank and Vinny are two amazing players who have worked with Tommy Emmanauel, Ringo Starr and Madonna among others. Muriel Anderson is a unique talent and is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champioship in the USA.

The Gadjo Combo all the way from the south of France will bring their special Gypsy Jazz to Inishowen for an afternoon event on Sunday 30th and will also be hosting a workshop for those interested in developing their skills.

The festival links up this year with Da Capo Concert Serie s(an Inishowen based group who bring the finest classical performers to Inishowen) to present a unique classical guitar concert in St Buadan’s Church of Ireland in Culdaff on Sunday 30th Sept with Manus Noble(England) and Svanur Vilbergsson (Iceland).

The festival will also feature a vintage guitar show, trade exhibitions and much more.

While Culdaff acts as the centre for the festival there are events in School in Moville and Buncrana which bring an opportunity to students to experience world class musicians perform.

This year will also see the launch of the festivals new digital TV Channel available via the website www.iguitar.ie