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Guitar legends play the city

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Guitar legends play the city thumbnailMICKEY Murphy. DEM1913

WORLD renown Californian bluesman Shawn Jones and local guitarist Mickey Murphy are hosting an acoustic concert at the Amplified Bar, Newry, on Friday, May 9.
Although Shawn has played in the area in the past, most notably at the Blues on the Bay Festival in Warrenpoint, this will be the first time both Shawn and Mickey have played together.
They were brought together by their mutual love for Lowden acoustic guitars which are handmade in Downpatrick and sold
worldwide. This is the only show the two musicians plan on doing together during Shawn's European tour.
Both men will be doing two separate sets on the night and Mickey is planning on playing some material from his forthcoming album which is due to be released later this year.
“Shawn has been playing here in the blues fest in the past and he'll be over for that a bit earlier than normal," said Mickey.
“He's in Italy at the minute doing his European tour and he's timing it so that he will be here for the blues festival.
“I've met him at the festival before. The main connection is that last year he ordered and bought two Lowden guitars out of the Lowden factory in Downpatrick.
“They are hand made instruments made here in Northern Ireland and sold all over the world. He got involved with them and they went over to a trade show in California and I do work for Lowden as well.
“He just said to me why don't we do something the next time he was over. That's how it all got started."
Mickey's solo performances contain a rich blend of original compositions with arrangements of popular songs, jazz standards and traditional Irish favourites.
He regularly performs at clubs and festivals in Ireland and has also played in England, Scotland, France, Austria, Italy, Germany and Morocco.
2011 marked the release of his first solo album Turais which has received many great reviews and lots of radio plays and he is currently working on a follow up album which is due for release later this year, which is being produced by Tom Newman, most famous for his work on Tubular Bells.
“I'm writing away at the stuff at the minute and have a lot of it done," explained Mickey.
“Tom Newman produced Tubular Bells in the early 70s, probably one of the biggest selling albums of all time and he has offered to produce it for me.
“I'm still finishing writing the album and when we both get time this year he's going to produce it. So that's pretty exciting because he is so well known worldwide.
“I'll be playing some material from my new album on the night and I cant wait."
The acoustic gig with Mickey and Shawn starts at 10pm and admission is 5.

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