The Guitar in Irish and Scottish Music
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

How to create “open-sounding” accompaniments for traditional tunes without resorting to DADGAD, how to create interesting and appropriate rhythms and how to ornament tunes in a stylistically accurate way.

Swing Guitar in the Folk Tradition
2:45 - 4:15 PM

An examination of principally 3-note chord patterns – 20 shapes that will give you 99% of what you’ll ever need to accompany tunes of virtually any style.

Combining CHord Methods For guitar
4:30 - 6:00 PM

How to combine the “open” and “closed” chord methods to create interesting song and tune accompaniments.

The two entirely different techniques taught in the first two workshops are combined to provide numerous possibilities for song and tune accompaniments.

GUITAR WORKSHOP PACKAGE: Sign up for all 3 guitar workshops for $100
GUITAR WORKSHOP AND CONCERT PACKAGE: Buy a concert ticket and get the package of 3 guitar workshops for $95

All discounts will be automatically applied. 

About Chris Newman...

Chris is “one of the UK’s greatest musicians” (BBC Radio 2). He's toured and recorded worldwide with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain &c), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley) and comedy (Fred Wedlock) - composing the tune for and producing Fred's hit Oldest Swinger in Town, which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries and brought him a silver disc. He was awarded Male Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland 2009 awards. “His playing boggles my mind” FLATPICKING GUITAR MAGAZINE (USA).

His recent solo CD Still Getting Away with It, a celebration of his 40-year career, is "An astonishing, joy-filled romp… a must-buy for any guitar player." * * * * SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY “A triumph... I'm fully conscious that I'm in the presence of greatness... one of the top guitarists of his ilk anywhere” THE LIVING TRADITION "Beauty and virtuosity from a master craftsman at the peak of his abilities... I couldn’t recommend an album more highly." ****MAVERICK “The exuberance of Newman's dazzling playing... would leave you open-mouthed if you weren't too busy smiling. A genuinely uplifting album of some of the most remarkable - yet accessible - guitar playing you're going to hear all year.” ***** ROCK n REEL

A previous solo album Fretwork, a vehicle for his trademark eclecticism, was “A stunning and stylistically-varied album, heaving with good tunes, from one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” fROOTS "Dazzling" ACOUSTIC GUITAR (USA) “Nothing short of brilliant” DIRTY LINEN (USA) “The John Williams of folk guitar…takes the breath away. Newman wears his virtuosity lightly and his music has immense vitality and charm” THE INVERNESS COURIER “A veritable feast of immaculate guitar playing - a marvellous achievement… A testament to Newman’s ability to make the guitar grab your attention and never let you go. A great album from a respected and revered folk guitarist” TAPLAS “Guitar players don’t come any better than Chris Newman. I’d blithely cross snow-capped mountains and ford raging rivers to see him play” THE LIVING TRADITION

His celebrated partnership with Máire Ní Chathasaigh, “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY), has toured in twenty-two countries worldwide to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls and historic European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and Cologne's Philharmonie. The duo’s performances are an emotional rollercoaster, deeply rooted but eclectic and adventurous too: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions - and what THE WEST AUSTRALIAN calls Chris’s "delightfully subversive wit”! Chris and Máire have made seven acclaimed albums together. “Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation… Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN “This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!” THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH “Blazing guitar and dancing harp” DIRTY LINEN (USA) “This virtuoso guitar/harp duo test the limits of Irish music – a delight” - SING OUT (USA) “An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling" THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH “Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” THE IRISH TIMES "In a class of their own" THE GUARDIAN “Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” * * * * SONGLINES


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