Tony McManus/Paul Asbell
Nov. 30th – 7 p.m.

Tony McManus

Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony McManus has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora – Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Asturias, Cape Breton, Quebec. McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.

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Paul Asbell

From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a musician’s musician. Acoustic Guitar magazine described him as follows: ….veteran guitarist finger-picks his way through a stylistically diverse collection of tunes plucked from the Great American musical canon and plays with finesse, imagination and humor. Guitar Player magazine sited Paul for “exploring a spectrum of styles. With steady hands and a relaxed sense of swing, he tackles bouncy ragtime fingering, crisp flatpicking, and lush, jazzy chording with equal aplomb.”


“The Sleeping Tune”

Valley Stage “Special Events” tickets will be $25 in advance and $27.50 day of show.
Admission for Children 16 and under and Seniors 65+ will be $17.50 in advance and $20.00 day of the concert.

Use the link below to purchase tickets, or email Don at

Richmond Congregational Church
20 Church St. Richmond, VT
Sundays 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
For Details and Tickets – 802-434-4563

Tony McManus Workshop November 30


Tony has been teaching private lessons, group workshops and masterclasses for over 20 years. He loves sharing his passion and skills with people from all over the world. Tony is frequently teaching at universities, such as the University of Limerick, Berklee College of Music, Newcastle University, Royal Scottish Conservatoire and the City University of New York.

Mastering the fingerboard in altered tunings:

How do we tame so that we can turn lists of letters (DADGAD, CGCDGCD, DADGBE etc) into tools to make music? We’ll look at an accessible tune in each of these and the mechanics of making an arrangement that exploits the tuning.

This workshop will take place at Ben & Bucky’s Guitar Boutique at 1891 Williston Rd., S. Burlington following the 1/2 hour streamed Instagram “concert preview” he and Paul will be performing at 2:00 p.m. If you don’t have your guitar when you come, Ben & Bucky’s will lend you one for the workshop. November 30, 3-5 pm, $40.