New ‘guitar overdose’ at festival

Declan Zapala, who will be playing during the Citry of Derry Guitar Festival.

Declan Zapala, who will be playing during the Citry of Derry Guitar Festival.

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Guitarists are in for a treat August 20-23 2015 in the North West Regional College, Derry-Londonderry, as the 13th City of Derry Guitar Festival introduces its new “Guitar Overdose”: a selection of four two-hour workshops with international artists spanning the genres of Acoustic, Flamenco, Slide Blues and Contemporary Classical/Acoustic guitar.

Featuring artists Alberto Grollo, Amir-John Haddad “El Amir Flamenco”, Martin Harley and Declan Zapala the workshops are open to guitarists of all backgrounds and abilities and offer a unique opportunity to broaden your music horizons under the guidance of internationally acclaimed artists.

Each can each be attended as a single event or as part of the Guitar Overdose package where you will have access to all of four workshops and sample a little of each style.

The Festival also offers its signature three-day classical guitar course with Carlos Bonell and Wiktoria Szubelak, the BB King Riff Library Electric Guitar Course and a Beginners Ukulele Course. Audiences will also be treated to a series of unique guitar concerts featuring the same artists from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 August in the Foyle Theatre of the North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry.

Applications from guitarists of all standards are welcome. Download an application form on the website www.cityofderryguitarfestival.com, or email cityofderryguitarfestival@gmail.com to request one (course fee range from £130 non-residential/£265 residential for a full week end of classes - £50 for the single Guitar Overdose workshops / £180 for all four). Concert tickets cost £12, £10 concession. For bookings please call 028 71311288 or send an email. The City of Derry Guitar Festival is funded by The Arts Council NI, the North West Regional College and the D’Addario Foundation.