“TALKING GUITARS”: HOST WILL BARNES Sun 9th August
LINEUP: Will Barnes (host), talking to guitarsts Andy MacKenzie, Deirdre Cartwright, Remi Harris, Dario Napoli (Italy), and Wayne Wilkinson (US)
Welsh musician and acclaimed guitarist Will Barnes is a popular presence on the UK jazz clubs and festivals scene, as well as touring with his own lineups and supporting leading names. In this more laid-back setting (and of course working from home), we invited Will to host a series of conversations with other guitarists, where they could exchange thoughts and chords – and you could all listen in!
It became an eclectic and international lineup: Will reprises his BJF2015 appearance in the Guildhall with ‘rock school’ guitarist Deirdre Cartwright in their tribute to ‘Wes and Emily’ (Montgomery and Remler), a standout concert that can still be viewed online. Will also travels to meet colleague Andy Mackenzie in North Wales, a greatly sought-after musician, and Remi Harris just over the Welsh border, a person who needs little introduction and whose concerts and tours have brought a truly international following.
These are guitarists who Will (now based in mid-Wales) knows well and has also performed alongside. From Milan in Italy, Dario Napoli, an exponent of ‘modern manouche’ and someone who regularly visits UK and tours extensively in Europe, joins WIll via Zoom, as does the very impressive American musician, Wayne Wilkinson (from Colorado, US), who like Dario, has played at Brecon Jazz club in recent years.
All in all, a thrilling, diverse and intriguing ‘lineup’. We shall have to see whether it is they or their guitars that do ‘the talking’.
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