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International Guitar Festival 2010

International Guitar Festival 2010


A Dolphin Music favourite and must attend, The International Guitar Festival is now in its 22nd year based in the Wirral. The festival celebrates all things guitar, presenting concerts, workshops and related events throughout November. This year’s festival features the usual eclectic mix of genres and artists that highlight the importance of the guitar within every form of music.

It is the longest running annual guitar festival and still one of the largest of its kind in the world. It has a great international following from both fans and players. Over the years a phenomenal 700 guitarists have performed at the festival. The guitarists who have brought their music to the festival include Chuck Berry, John Williams, Nils Lofgren, Jan Ackerman, Albert Lee, James Burton, Mick Taylor, Lucky Ranku, Woody Mann and festival patron, Martin Taylor - Only another 690 to go!

A few of our favourite events…


How the Fender Bass Changed the World - 6th November 2010 @ 11am. Tickets £12
This workshop will see Mo Foster (The Jeff Black Band) play and recall his life in ‘17 Watts’ - his hilarious expose of the invention of British Rock. Paul Balmer will also tell everything about his new book on the Fender Bass. Book tickets here…


An Evening with Michael Messer and Ed Genis - 10th November 2010 @ 8pm. Tickets £14
A virtuoso slide guitarist performing some of the greatest blues & roots tunes produced this century Michael Messer’s playing encompasses the entire history of the blues, but is totally individual and contemporary. Messer’s haunting vocals ooze authenticity and integrity and combines with longtime collaborator Ed Genis for an acoustic show featuring music from their 27 years of touring and recording together. Book tickets here…


KGB Electric Guitar Workshop - 20th November 2010 @ 10am. Tickets £22.50
Under the expert guidance of Keith and Barrie from KGB Music, learn to get the most from your electric guitar. Take your own acoustic guitar with you to this practical introductory course and you will cover the basic principles of how to look after your guitar and the basic set-up. Keith and barrie will give advice on all areas of guitar care and customisation and cover the basic principles of function and construction. Book tickets here…


Joe Brown - 14th November 2010 @ 7.30pm. Tickets £20 and nearly sold out!!
This sensational show is a music journey not to be missed! Rock & Roll legend Joe Brown is back at the Pavillion Theatre by popular demand - in his 52nd year as a professional entertainer, Brown has a list of major awards, from a MOJO ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Award’ to his 50th Anniversary Album, ‘The Very Best Of..’ staying in the UK charts for 8 weeks and selling more than 100,000 records. Book tickets here…


Tom Paxton - 18th November 2010 @ 8pm. Tckets £20 and nearly sold out!
With songs such as ‘The Last Thing On My Mind’, ‘Ramblin Boy’, and ‘Bottle of Wine’, Tom Paxton’s songs are known and loved around the world. He ranks as on of the most revered musicians of his generation and has renowned generosity for both audiences and fellow musicians. This is a show to certainly not be missed.Book tickets here…


James Burton - 20th November 2010 @ 7.30pm. Tickets £20.50 and nearly sold out!
Following last years sell-out performance, guitar legend James Burton is back by popular demand for his only European show. As one of the worlds greatest guitarists, playing with Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Curtis, Chuck Berry & Roy Orbison - James will take you through a medley of classics for a superb performance of rock’n'roll, blues and timeless hits. Book tickets here…

For a sneak peak of the full brochure and all the great events going on over the next month, why not download the IGF PDF brochure or you can visit the IGF website


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