On The Maker’s Mark, Scottish guitarist Tony McManus melds two of his great passions, Celtic music and a series of some of the finest acoustic guitars being crafted today. It is an unparalleled mix as McManus’ playing, which has been called “faultless... atmospheric and evocative...” (BBC, Radio 2) with “ferocious technique” (The Herald, Scotland), meets its match in the form of fifteen expertly paired instruments, courtesy of North Carolina’s Dream Guitars shop.
McManus takes this concept one step further by pairing these hand-made instruments with tracks ranging from much-loved and well-known Irish tunes (such as “The Maids of Michelstown” made famous by The Bothy Band), to Scottish airs and reels, and to the Spanish influenced piece “Chalaneru”.
"Few guitarists can present Celtic music with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes. Tony McManus is one of those few." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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