Guitar Festival is back, bigger and better

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GUITAR enthusiasts from across the area will converge on Nelson for the second annual Pendle Guitar Festival.

Topping the line-up of entertainers and educators at this year’s festival is six-string legend Jerry Donahue, who makes his home in the Ribble Valley when not in his native America.

Following the huge success of Pendle’s first ever Guitar Festival last year, Nelson’s Ace Centre is gearing up for an even bigger and better follow-up on Sunday June 24th. Live music, free guitar workshops, lessons and recording sessions, guitar valuations and a chance to buy, sell and trade new, used and vintage bass and guitars will all be on offer.

The centre’s studio engineer Andrea Quarin said: “Last year’s event was a tremendous success with people coming from all over to attend. It was the first of its kind for Pendle, East Lancs and we believe, possibly the North West.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Forsyth Music Shop in Deansgate, Manchester, and Swap Shop, in Leeds Road, Nelson, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Andrea added: “There will be lots happening, including live music in the Jazz Café and acoustic, jazz and rock guitar performances and workshops given by guitar legend Jerry Donahue, plus Chris Woods, Gavin Coulson and Scott Whitley.

“There will be free guitar lessons for all levels and a chance to make a free 10-minute recording in our studio. There will also be stalls selling guitars, amps and related items, plus a display of vintage guitars.

“People can bring along their own guitar for a free evaluation with the possibility of selling it to traders. It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to buy, sell or trade new, vintage or used bass, guitars, amps and accessories.”

Tickets cost £4 in advance and £5 on the door. To book, or for more information, call (01282) 661080.