We are delighted to welcome back to The Crescent the Belfast Guitar Festival 2019. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival is growing from strength to strength and we are delighted to join forces to bring this unique Festival to life.
Join us on the third night of the Festival, as we welcome to the stage:
This year Belfast Guitar Festival celebrates the talents of John Tracey, a stalwart of many years in the Belfast entrainment circuit. At the beginning of 2018 he made the decision to start on his solo career releasing his debut solo album,?Dangerous To Go Alone. The album was a critical success and led to Tracey being asked to perform at Ullapool Guitar Festival. This guitarist channels a spirit of halcyon days, his music is memorable and accessible to all. His self penned compositions take inspiration from artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Randy Newman, James Taylor to name but a few.
It is the hope of all musicians to stir you to, joy, sadness, or exhilaration. We can only dream that our the strumming, singing, plucking or lead playing can take you on a stimulating intellectual journey that has you appreciating form, structure, history and cultural idioms.
However, music is perhaps most magical when it is both emotionally engaging and intellectually provocative. John Tracey's brand of acoustic driven, blues, folk, jazz, ragtime and rock, music falls into this more magical realm.
Ali Tod had developed a genre-defying style that has taken her on a whole new journey into the possibilities of the instrument. Based in Edinburgh, Ali supplements her grounding in traditional technique with heavy influences from artists such as Rodrigo y Gabriela and fellow Scot KT Tunstall. She creates a unique blend of percussive guitar and loop mastery to create an original sound that gets hands clapping, hips shaking and feet stomping.
As a guitarist & composer, she is fascinated by all kinds of different music genres and she mixes all these together into a completely unique style.
Karlijn's solo EP “LUNA” was released in July 2017 and is an engaging and diverse mix from her solo repertoire that she is playing on tour regularly.
Waxamilion is Max Dornauer an Austrian guitarist like no other, He has successfully managed to combine a hybrid of Hip Hop and ProgRock/Metal. 808-ish Trap beats mixed with tapped guitar lines, time signature changes and jazzy chords are a few of the things that characterize the project.
Will has performed relentlessly throughout his career and has given concerts up and down the UK and abroad. Whether it be headlining his own solo shows, performing at festivals, or supporting world-renowned artists such as Pierre Bensusan, Clive Carroll, Jon Gomm, Martin Simpson and Mumford and Sons amongst others, his performances have been described as "beautifully flawless" and "magical" by the music press.
About the Belfast Guitar Festival
The 7th Belfast Guitar Festival runs from the 28th August until the 1st September 2019. As always, the line-up of events see’s the Festival bring to the city an eclectic mix of international artists whilst showcasing the wealth of local talent that Northern Ireland has to offer.
The gigs and workshops that make the Festival are all non-profit performances. They rely on the charity of the artists, many of whom devote many nights of voluntary rehearsal time, organise vacations from work and even finance their own travel from countries across the world to perform for you. They do this all for the sheer love of their craft and the music that they are so passionate about.
For more information about the festival or to see the full programme of events visit BelfastGuitarFest.com