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LIVE / FRANCESCO TURRISI - ALLA CARPINESE
Watch Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi performing his haunting solo piano arrangement of traditional Italian song Alla Carpinese.
LIVE / CHRIS WOODS - FEBRUARY
Outstanding contemporary fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods Groove performing his track February.
SPOTLIGHT / FRANCESCO TURRISI
'Improvisation is an amazing thing...'
SPOTLIGHT / CHRIS WOODS
'People are addicted to sub-bass, whether they realise it or not...'
LIVE / SHANE HENNESSY - AVENUE
Here is the exceptional Shane Hennessy performing Avenue.
MASTERS / DECLAN LONERGAN
'My ethos is based on confidence in making a decision and going for it...'
MASTERS / JAMES MULVANEY
'What I did was just find something that worked comfortably for me rather than copy someone else...'
SPOTLIGHT / JOHNNY RAYGE
'The interesting thing about when you play these songs is that you have to return to what they are, so you don't let them down...'
SPOTLIGHT / FRANKIE RODRIGUEZ
'First of all, you need to sing a song in your head...'
MAKERS / GILDAS DASVIKEN
'A good guitar means that it vibrates nicely against your body... it needs to resonate in you and with you...'
LIVE / SHANE HENNESSY - ZEPHYRUS
Here is the brilliant Shane Hennessy performing Zephyrus, the title track of his new album.
SPOTLIGHT / LOAH
'It doesn't faze me to wear my influences on my sleeve...'
SPOTLIGHT / PAT O'MAY
'I am interested in mixing people, odours, music, and cultures together... things which at first don't seem to have links between each other...'
MASTERS / DAVID GRISSOM
'I don't play aggressive all the time, but to me, music is very spiritual and emotional... to connect with that, I need to be able to dig into my instrument...'
SPOTLIGHT / LA PRINCESSE EST DANS LES CORDES
'If you want to play in a band, stay true to yourself, true to who you are... there's no need to follow trends because that's all they are...'
SPOTLIGHT / SUZANNE SAVAGE
'Technique is one thing, being able to sing in a style, but it's also about finding your own voice, your own sound....'
LIVE / JP GUITAR DUO - HAPPY
JP Guitar Duo perform their gorgeous fingerstyle acoustic cover of Pharrell Williams' Happy.
SPOTLIGHT / MEHDI RICHARD
'Ultimately the magic of music just happens when musicians play together as one...'
LIVE / SHANE HENNESSY - NILE RODGERS/CHIC MEDLEY
Here is the brilliant Shane Hennessy performing his wonderful Nile Rodgers/Chic Fingerstyle Medley.
SPOTLIGHT / JP GUITAR DUO
'We sit down for 2 or 3 hours and just work on one song until we get it...'
SPOTLIGHT / SHANE HENNESSY
'I use the guitar to its fullest potential, it's not just 6 strings and strumming chords... I'm actually trying to get as many sounds as I can out of the guitar...'
LIVE / TOMMY MOORE - DIGITAL LOVE
Irish Singer-Songwriter Tommy Moore performs his new, unreleased tune, 'Digital Love.'
SPOTLIGHT / TOMMY MOORE
'There's something about when you tune your guitar to a particular tuning, it creates a vibe, creates a feeling... it's like magic...'
MASTERS / PAT COLDRICK
'What's the point in everybody playing a piece the same way? It's so important to put your own stamp on a piece of music and play it the way you feel it...'
LIVE / SHANE HENNESSY & JOHN WALSH - CHILDREN'S SONG #6
Shane Hennessy and John Walsh performing Chick Corea's enchanting Children's Song #6 at Dublin Guitar Night, December 2014.
MASTERS / BEN PREVO
'Music is all about healing, trying to heal yourself and other people...'
SPOTLIGHT / STEPHEN MCHALE
'I like the idea of creating a weird noise and then using it as the basis of the tune...'
LIVE / SHANE HENNESSY - THE PEACOCK STRUT
Shane Hennessy performing The Peacock Strut at Dublin Guitar Night, December 2014.
MASTERS / JOHN WALSH
'Super Glue is the Flamenco Guitarist's Best Friend...'
SPOTLIGHT / LEE MEEHAN
'When you're playing a good solo and you're letting go, there's no feeling on earth like that...'
MASTERS / EAMONN MORAN
'It was Rock that taught me definition, rather than Jazz...'
SPOTLIGHT / WYVERN LINGO
'We have to resist the urge to harmonize most of the time...'
MASTERS / HUGH BUCKLEY
'I was fascinated with harmony, so I would actually be trying to figure out what piano players were doing more than guitar players...'
SPOTLIGHT / NOVA COLLECTIVE
'I met a really good jazz guitarist who said to me, "don't do this kind of music if you're not playing with Brazilians," and he's right!'
SPOTLIGHT / LOAFING HEROES
'You can imagine him playing the song in his bedroom, and then you imagine how it will sound in 6 months and it's always different...'
SPOTLIGHT / DUBLIN GUITAR NIGHT
We went along to the December edition of Dublin Guitar Night in JJ Smyths to see for ourselves how it has become one of the most talked about nights of music-making in Dublin.
SPOTLIGHT / STOMPTOWN BRASS
'So we need to be able to play a brass instrument or percussion and be able to dance!'
SPOTLIGHT / HEROES IN HIDING
'We're all going in the same direction, but we're all pulling differently...'
SPOTLIGHT / COLAROSSI & KEOGH DUO
'These pop tunes are the key to the people, we can get closer to them...'
SPOTLIGHT / ZASKA
'It's always about keeping it funky...'