Mysterious Boundaries (Compass Records, 2013)
Tony McManus’ skilled fingerstyle technique has earned him a fabulous reputation as one of the finest guitarists in the Celtic music scene. Although he’s recorded numerous albums inspired by the traditional music of Scotland and other Celtic nations and regions, his latest album, Mysterious Boundaries, focuses on the classical music repertoire.
On Mysterious Boundaries, Tony McManus treats the listener to a delightful collection of inspired solo guitar pieces. He crosses musical boundaries with ease, from his familiar Celtic and folk background, into the world of Baroque, Spanish classical, and 20th century classical.
“I really loved hearing traditional folk music and I’m still a folk musician at the end of the day, that’s where my feet finally land at the end of any project. And that whole idea has always interested me, the boundaries between genres,” says McManus of Mysterious Boundaries. “What creates those boundaries, what happens if you jump to either side? Is it a valid thing to do? Is it a worthwhile thing to do? The penny finally dropped – you don’t need a degree in musicology to be moved.”
The musical selection includes Les Barricades Mystérieuses (Couperin), Allemande (Bach), Spanish Dance (Granados), Goldberg (Bach), Gnossienne #1 (Satie), Prelude (Bach), Nigra Sum (Monteverdi), Pange Lingua (Anonymous), Chaconne (Bach), and Les Barricades Mystérieuses (Couperin).
McManus will be presenting Mysterious Boundaries during his 2013 tour, which includes a concert in Nashville July 10 – 13th for the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention.
Tony McManus displays his guitar mastery on Mysterious Boundaries, a splendid solo guitar album dedicated to classical music, a musical genre highly appreciated by the talented musician.
Next Festival Appearances:
Chet Atkins Festival
The Canadian Guitar Festival
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Owen Sound, ON
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.