Tony McManus,
The Maker's Mark
(Greentrax, 2008)

The Maker's Mark is not an album that will produce a rash of No. 1 hits. In fact, the listenership may prove to be rather small -- and in many ways this is a great loss to music lovers.

We all grow familiar with the sound of the guitar and in particular the riffs and bridges in popular and other songs. But here is an album of guitar instrumentals played on some of the finest instruments ever manufactured, and the sad fact is that it may be lost to general listeners because there are no vocals or readily familiar tunes to lure them in.

Tony McManus chooses his tunes from all over the world but with a bit of an Irish and Scottish bias.

If you can put your preconceptions aside and give over a few bob and a bit of time, you will be pleasantly surprised and very much soothed by the wonderfully full sound and relaxing tunes on offer here.

review by
Nicky Rossiter

21 March 2009

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