ROUNDTRIP: an evening with Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus

After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Italy's Beppe Gambetta began a prolific career based on his “life on the road”, devoted to travelling, meeting and learning from artists of other cultures, as well as researching, reviving and teaching old forgotten music from the past. Through all of these experiences, Beppe was able to create his own peculiar guitar style, a poetic synthesis that reflects his work on the roots music of both sides of the Ocean.

He performed all over North America and Europe, but also in Argentina and Australia where he met Scottish guitar legend Tony McManus recognised throughout the World as the leading guitarist in Celtic music, both as a solo performer or part of prestigious international projects. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.

Beppe and Tony developed in the years an artistic friendship driven by the joy of learning, reinterpreting and blending their repertoires creating a new acoustic sound over old or contemporary passionate melodies. The result of this work is the CD Round Trip published in August 2015 by the Canadian label Borealis Records.

The album is a “round trip” between Celtic and Mediterranean melodies and also between Europe and North America where Beppe and Tony now reside. The music includes several traditional melodies, songs written by John Herald and Fabrizio de Andre' and new arrangements of original melodies by Peter Ostroushko, Gordon Duncan, Angelo Ferrari and others. You can listen to our introduction to the album on YouTube at https://youtu.be/OT6YDtA2mcg and 2 songs played "live": https://youtu.be/DlkJ5Jww6ik and https://youtu.be/7dXS1mryEt

The concert is the live presentation of this last work, a live dialog where the artistic synergy between the two musicians reaches the most intense level, the music is blended with humor, anecdotes, improvisation, all driven by the excitement of performing together.