1000 Years of the Guitar

Neil Smith

North West
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: Forty Pounds + petrol from Bolton, Lancs
5th October 2018

Talk 3 starts with the hypnotic DANZA MORA; sounds from a far-off time. The music turns to the Troubadours and Sephardic toe-tapping dances before we cross the Atlantic and hear the INCA DANCE, eventually reaching Tudor times where the music of Galileo and Queen Elizabeth I are integrated. King Charles 2nd, Louis XIV and Samuel Pepys played the Guitar and examples from that time can be heard. Casanova loved the FANDANGO dance and the Guitar was essential as the Castanets clicked away in the candlelight. Soon we reach Flamenco territory in Spain and then America, where the Folk-Guitar flourished and this gives way to the Electric Guitar as Neil brings on stage his Fender Guitar to play the music of 'The Pops'…with music of Holly, Orbison, Van Morrison, Cliff Richards and others including The Shadows. To listen/look see Neil's Website www.neilsmithguitar.com

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About Neil Smith

Played guitar in dozens of countries, on tv/radio/discs and have many interesting stories in Talk 1 HAVE GUITAR WILL TRAVEL where I play for Liz Taylor in Rome, for the Red Army at Attila's castle in Transylvania and for HM the Queen Mother's birthday.

In the Belfast Troubles, a Molotov Cocktail is thrown at my taxi and in Newbury, a killer escaping the Police hits my car. A very special set of stories like no other.

Talk 2 is BEYOND THE IRON CURTAIN where I take the audience through the Iron Curtain and into a world of Secret Police and the KGB, go up north in Russia to meet real Eskimos and am arrested twice. A no-holds-barred set of tales from the world's largest and most dangerous territory, not simply a cosy travelog.

Both talks contain live music on my guitar, Talk 2 has slides.

Talk 3 is 1000 YEARS OF GUITAR from The Crusades to The Shadows, music of Kings and Queens, across the world from The Incas to Persia, there is no greater variety of music than this.

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