In little over ten years as a professional musician Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional 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.
Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full-time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
"McManus' guitar playing is faultless... atmospheric and evocative... consistently appealing whether it's on Breton dance tunes, pipe laments or the Mingus tune, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat... the true star of this beautiful collection is McManus's playing - a virtuoso performance from a guitarist at the top of his game." - Mick Fitzsimmons