Tony McManus

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  1. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    Haven't heard much about him recently. He's ridiculous and needs a thread or 10.



    edit: Holy hell, just found this one...

     
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  2. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    Great player, great sense of humor. If he's doing a clinic at Experience, it's pretty much a must for me.
     
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  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Sublime!
     
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  4. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    Yup. I'd love to see him do a show on a tour in an auditorium sometime.
     
  5. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I have great respect for Mr. McManus. I've been working on Gnossiennes for a while now. If I take out a lot of the "unimportant notes" I can muddle through...:rolleyes:
     
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  6. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    Definitely. I lost count of how many times I saw him at Experience
     
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  7. Buildermike

    Buildermike Can you have too many?

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    Killer player and a must attendance at the Experience.
     
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  8. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    Not enough times is my vote. Saw him at Dave's with Paul once too. Was trying to hold back tears and not look like a baby after he was done.
     
  9. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    He is the pinnacle of awesomeness for steel string players, IMHO. I completely agree with you guys.
     
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  10. Sonic Blue 55

    Sonic Blue 55 New Member

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    A dozen years ago, I brought Tony to play a gig in Bakersfield. With a small audience of 35 or so, he was superb. After the show, I rode shotgun in his rental car on the way to meet friends for Mexican food and beers. On the way, I saw a car at an intersection and thought that it wasn’t goung to stop.

    It didn’t. Her car hit us just in front of Tony’s driver side door. The car was totaled. Tony was covered with glass and bleeding from a myriad of tiny glass shards that hit him. I asked if he was ok. In shock, he replied yes. I ran to the other car. She was alive, crying, and barely coherent with no seat belt on.

    After the police and EMTs were done, we got a ride to the restaurant. Tony was beat up, bruised, sore, but not bleeding anymore. No broken bones, but he spent the next week dealing with the rental car company.

    A few years later, I was in Munich with my brothers to visit Oktoberfest. We found a well reviewed German restaurant. Waiting outside, I saw a poster reading: Tony McManus, Celtic Guitarist.
    It was in half an hour at a small venue next door. I ran over, walked in, and asked for Tony. His people looked at me with bewilderment.
    “ I am a friend from California.”
    He came out, looked confused, shook my hand and asked what I was doing in Munich.
    We exchanged info, and I brought him back to Bakersfield for many shows.

    He is a great singer and storyteller in addition to being one of the greatest steel string players alive.
     
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